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Monsignor George Hay RIP
14th November 1930 - 1st April 2024

Fr. George served faithfully as a priest in so many different ways during his 65 years of ministry, both in the Plymouth Diocese and also at one time as Rector of the English College in Rome. To priests he was a father-figure and a really positive example of priestly life. He loved the Lord, loved serving the people, and he had a deep affection for clergy. He will be greatly missed.

Please keep Fr. George, his family, and all those who mourn him in your prayers. Eternal rest grant unto him O Lord and let perpetual light shine upon him. May he rest in peace. May his soul, and the souls of all the faithful departed, through the mercy of God, rest in peace. Amen.

Thanks to Deacon Tim Van Kroonenburg for sharing the pictures of Fr George, including images of him holding the Easter candle for St Pope John Paul 2nd, at his ordination in 1959, with St Pope John XXIII, and relaxing with his parish family in Kingskerswell where he celebrated his 90th birthday. 


Deborah & Deacon Tim also shared the following: 

‘He was a saintly priest and a dear friend. It was a privilege to help him in his final days - and we are glad he made it to Easter, watching the Triduum online and being with us for online prayer in the morning. It’s hard to summarise a life like Msgr George's, other than a saintly priest who lived for the Eucharist, and wanted to die in harness, serving the Lord. On St Joseph’s Day this year he looked strong and ageless, a 93 year old priest with young primary school children, bridging the generations.’

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