It is with great sadness the Society has heard of the death of one of its members, Canon Roger Daley, who died on Monday 23rd May, 2016, aged 85 years, in the 55th year of his priesthood.
He was ordained priest in Rome on 29th October 1961, having been educated at Notre Dame and St Francis Xavier’s, Liverpool, the University of Liverpool (Law Degree), Campion House, Osterley, Venerable English College, Rome.
On completion of his canonical studies (licentiate in Canon Law at the Gregorian University) he returned to the archdiocese in 1966 to take up an appointment as assistant priest at St Alban’s, Liverpool, during which time he was also appointed as a Diocesan Notary. The following year he was appointed assistant priest at St Nicholas, Liverpool, until 1973. From 1968 he combined his parish duties with the post of Diocesan Advocate in the Metropolitan Tribunal. From 1973 until 1982 he ministered in All Saints’ parish, Liverpool, again combining parochial and tribunal work. In February 1977 he succeeded Fr Kevin O’Connor as Vice-Officialis.
He became a parish priest for the first time in March 1982, with his appointment to St Hugh of Lincoln, Liverpool. It was during his tenure there that he succeeded Canon Brian Mullan as Officialis in 1984. He was appointed an Honorary Canon of the Metropolitan Cathedral Chapter in November 1989. For more than twenty years he continued to lead the Marriage Tribunal. He retired in February 2006.
Roger, requiescat in pace.