Canon Roger Daley, who served in the Metropolitan Tribunal of the Archdiocese for 38 years, died on Monday 23 May at the age of 85 and in the 55th year of his priesthood.
Roger Austin Daley was born in Liverpool on 11 January 1931, the son of Thomas and Catherine Daley. He attended Notre Dame and St Francis Xavier's, Liverpool and then read for a law degree at the University of Liverpool. He studied for the priesthood at Campion House, Osterley and the Venerable English College, Rome. He was ordained priest in Rome on 29 October 1961.
In November 1962 he was appointed as assistant priest at St Clare's, Liverpool. With his legal background it was not surprising that in the autumn of 1964 he was sent to Rome to study for a licentiate in Canon Law at the Gregorian University. On completion of his canonical studies 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 made a diocesan notary. The following year he was installed as assistant priest at St Nicholas', Liverpool and remained there until January 1973, a period which included the closure of the old Pro-Cathedral. From 1968 he combined 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 Father 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 this tenure that he succeeded Canon Brian Mullan as officialis in 1984. For more than 20 years he continued to lead the Tribunal in its work with his customary quiet, assiduous and unassuming manner. He also continued to exercise pastoral ministry beyond the offices of the Tribunal: as chaplain at the Good Shepherd Convent, Liverpool from 1988 to 1993, parish priest at St Mary's, Little Crosby from 1993 to 1999, supernumerary priest at St Paul's, West Derby in 1999 and at Our Lady of Good Help, Liverpool from 1999 to 2004, and chaplain at the Cenacle Convent, Liverpool from 2004. After he retired in February 2006 he continued to live at West Derby until increasing frailty necessitated his move to Ince Blundell. For his outstanding services to the Archdiocese he was appointed an Honorary Canon of the Metropolitan Cathedral Chapter in November 1989.
Canon Daley's funeral Mass was celebrated at Holy Family, Ince Blundell, followed by interment at Allerton Cemetery, Liverpool.