Deacon James Melia, who served in the parish of Holy Family, Boothstown, died on 2 June aged 93.
James Melia, known to everyone as Jim, was born on 11 August 1926 and was baptised and confirmed in St Francis Church, Gorton, Manchester – also known as Gorton Monastery, served by the Franciscans. He married Maureen Wilmot in St Luke’s, Irlam and they had five children: Kevin, Fran and Lisa, and Jimmy and Andrew who predeceased him. They had nine grandchildren, of whom one is also deceased.
The family settled in Holy Family, Boothstown, where Jim and Maureen were deeply involved in the life of the parish, especially in the prayer group led by Father Kevin Snape. Jim began his formation for the diaconate in 1987 and was ordained deacon in 1989, serving Holy Family parish with Father Kevin and later with Father Dave Heywood until his retirement in 2001. Jim’s wife Maureen died several years ago and Jim himself died on 2 June 2020 aged 93. He will be fondly remembered for his gentle care and his commitment to prayer and service.
Deacon Jim’s funeral service took place at St Mary's RC Cemetery, Wardley on Tuesday 16 June with Bishop Tom Williams officiating at the service and burial.