Former parish priest of Holy Family, Boothstown and Our Lady's, Portico, Father Kevin Snape died on Tuesday 7 February aged 88 and in the 62nd year of his priesthood.
Anthony Kevin Snape was born at Euxton on 15 January 1929, the son of Richard and Clare Snape. He was educated at St Joseph's College, Upholland where he was ordained priest in the college chapel by Archbishop William Godfrey on 4 June 1955.
He was appointed to his first and only curacy in August 1955 at Holy Name, Fazakerley where he remained for his first three years of priestly ministry. In 1958 he returned to Upholland College to join the staff of the junior seminary, where he taught mathematics for many years. He was also a keen musician and for a period directed the college schola. He also served as a member of the Archdiocesan music commission from 1967 to 1973.
In 1978 he left the college and was seconded to the Diocese of Menevia in order to allow Father Tom Shepherd to be released to play a major part in the planning and organisation of the National Pastoral Congress held in Liverpool in 1980. During his secondment he ministered in the parish of Our Lady Help of Christians at Ruthin, North Wales. While at Ruthin he celebrated the silver jubilee of his priestly ordination.
Shortly after his celebrations he returned to the Archdiocese in September 1980 to assume an appointment as parish priest at Holy Family, Boothstown. He served there for 15 years before being granted a leave of absence. In April 1998 he was appointed parish priest at Our Lady's, Portico and was there for a short time until his retirement to Standish in November 1999.
In September 2016 Father Snape was diagnosed with cancer and after a successful operation he moved to Ince Blundell Hall. However, he was taken ill suddenly at the beginning of February and died at Fazakerley Hospital.
Archbishop Malcolm McMahon celebrated his Funeral Mass at St Marie's Church, Standish on Monday 20 February prior to burial at St Chad's, South Hill.