Knights mourn loss of musician Charlie Newport

By David Keane

It is with great sadness that we report the death of not only an esteemed member of the KSC but a well-known and much-admired and respected musician and entertainer on Merseyside. Charlie Newport passed away peacefully on 6 October after a short illness.

Many tributes have been paid to Brother Charlie by his fellow knights, not only locally but nationwide. Members of the musical fraternity on Merseyside have added their own fond recollections about his talents though, most of all, people have remembered Charlie as a man who gave endless help and support to others, not least with his fundraising for charitable causes – in particular to send people to Lourdes each year with the Archdiocesan pilgrimage. He always attended the pilgrimage with his brother knights and is seen here (first from left) in a photo taken in Lourdes.

Bro Charlie’s Requiem Mass was held at St Luke’s Catholic Church, Frodsham, followed by his committal at Chester Crematorium on 22 October. We extend our deepest sympathy to his beloved wife Kate and all of his family at this time of extreme sorrow.

Sadly, we have lost several other esteemed members recently. Retired deacon Eric Moore from the Isle of Man council died on 7 October. He joined the KSC in 2001 and was later ordained as a deacon serving at St Patrick’s, Peel. Brother Jim McAllister, a council member from the Wirral, died on 12 October and his Requiem Mass was held at St Anne’s, Rock Ferry, on 26 October. Brother Frank Chapman, another Wirral council member, died on 15 October and his Requiem Mass took place at St Werburgh’s, Birkenhead, on 27 October.

We extend our deepest sympathy to the family and friends of all these brothers. May their souls, and the souls of all the faithful departed, rest in peace.