Obituary of Deacon Terence Rimmer

By Peter Heneghan

Deacon Terence Rimmer, who served in St Peter and St Paul parish, Crosby, died on 29 May aged 65.
 
Terence Alexander Rimmer, known to everyone as ‘Terry’, was born in Bootle on 30 April 1955. He was baptised at St Richard’s and St Alexander’s church, Bootle on 15 May 1955. He married Fiona O’Boyle in August 1984 at Our Lady of Walsingham church, Netherton and they had a daughter, Sophie. Terry began training for the Permanent Diaconate in 2005, and was ordained deacon in the Metropolitan Cathedral of Christ the King on 6 July 2008. As a deacon he served in St Peter and St Paul’s parish, Crosby, helping also in the surrounding parishes.
 
Terry served the parish well as a deacon for 11 years, and his ministry and friendly approach to everyone was much appreciated. He had a good Liverpool sense of humour with accent to match and mixed easily with all whom he met, celebrating baptisms and weddings and assisting at Mass on a regular basis. In recent years he led the marriage preparation course for the Crosby area. His work in an employment office brought him into contact with many of the most disadvantaged in the community and he made his job an integral part of his diaconal ministry. He had been planning to retire soon.
 
As a school governor at the Salesian School in Bootle, Terry kept in contact with the Salesian Community, and with former parishioners and friends at Our Lady of Walsingham parish. He enjoyed walking his dogs along Crosby beach every morning and socialising with friends in the area.
 
Terry took ill at the end of November last year while out walking and was admitted to hospital where he underwent an operation to remove a brain tumour. In the following six months he was cared for in hospital and then at St Joseph’s Hospice in Thornton – Jospice – where he died peacefully on 29 May.
 
Deacon Terry’s funeral service was celebrated by Monsignor John Furnival, parish priest of St Peter and St Paul, Crosby, at Thornton Crematorium on 12 June.