Fr Ray O’Shea

Fr RAY O’SHEA passed away peacefully on Monday after a long illness. He served in our parishes twice – at St Brigid’s as assistant 1966 – 1967 and at Christ the King as parish priest 1994 – 2002. Fr Ray was born in Ely in 1937 where his father was a doctor. He left for Ireland in 1948, where he was ordained priest in 1962. He served as assistant in Port Talbot, Hereford, Penarth and St Brigid’s, then as parish priest in Abertillery, St Cuthbert’s the Docks, Dinas Powys, Bridgend, Aberdare and Christ the King. After heart problems he was next resident at the Cathedral, helping out in various ministries, until he fully retired in 2012. Fr Ray was involved with the Knights of the Holy Sepulchre and of St Lazarus, St John’s Ambulance, and especially the Territorial Army where he was chaplain for fourteen years. He is survived by one of his four sisters Clare and by nineteen nieces and nephews.

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