Pauline Menzies1943 - 2014
John Byrne1945 - 2015
Message from Robbie
Dempsey January 16th 2015:
I had never met any of John's family - but felt I knew them all from John's emails. I was able to pass on our sympathy from the Pelicans scattered far and near. His family were indeed comforted by the wonderful words spoken by Frs. Jean Paul and PJ Cassidy.
John was buried in Bohernabreena Cemetery, in the hills overlooking Dublin in the plot where his young son aged 11 had lain for many years. The WF plot is not far away.
For certain, John is in peace.
Message from Tom
My wife and I met with John at his house when we were on holiday in
Dublin in 2013. This was the first time we had met since I left
Broomehall in 1967. John made us very welcome and we talked for
hours and took photos of each other.
Fr Kevin O'Mahoney
1930 - 2015
(source: The White Fathers international website)
From: Fr Ian Buckmaster MAfr
Ian Buckmaster, M.Afr
From: Fr JP Cassidy MAfr
Fr Kevin was born in 1930, in the diocese of
Salford. He spent his Spiritual Year in
|Reproduced with kind perrmission of The White Fathers international website|
Taken at a Dublin reunion in 1997
Fr Godfrey (Francis) Tortoleno
1935 - 2015
The following was cpied from http://www.friar.org/obituaries/2015.htm#c1269
Fr GodfreyTortolano went home to his Father's house on Sunday, 1st February 2015. The reception of his remains took place in Duns Scotus Church, Glasgow, on Sunday 8th February 2015 at 7.30 p.m. and his Requiem was celebrated on the 9th February at 11.30 a.m. followed by interment at Dalbeith Cemetery.
| A brief summary:
Godfrey was born in Bannockburn, Scotland 27 November 1935
He was admitted to the Novitiate 9 September 1955
His First Profession was made 10 September 1956
He was ordained priest 24 September 1960
Fr Godfrey died 1 February 2015
At the Funeral Mass
Br Eddie Highton delivered the following homily:
The Prefecture Apostolic became the Diocese of Dundee in 1983 and Godfrey was a tremendous support for the new Bishop and long time friend Paschal Rowland.
Times were changing and the ?ind of change was blowing through Africa? But this brought much violence politically and tribally. In all of this Godfrey remained with his Zulu people and worked and argued for change and reconciliation.
This change came about in 1994 with the first truly democratic elections in South African history. In a sense he felt his work was done: democracy had been achieved, our Diocese was established and the Franciscan Order was established as an independent entity.
So when he realised the needs of our home
Province he offered to remain after a Sabbatical at our Study
Centre in Canterbury. He was soon named as Guardian of the House
and quickly moved to other houses of the Province in leadership
roles. He spent some time in Edinburgh before a stay in Glasgow.
From Glasgow he moved as Chaplain to the Carmelite Sisters in
Dysart, Kirkcaldy where his Sunday sermons had people crowding
into the Church so that it was standing room only. But it was
here that he had the first of many strokes which broke down his
already frail health. He moved back to Glasgow in 2008 and
stayed there until his death on the 1st February 2015.