Knights mourn passing of Father Peter Fox

By David Keane

It is with the most profound regret that we report the sudden death of our esteemed and long-serving chaplain of KSC council 18 in Widnes. Father Peter Fox died suddenly on 24 February after over 50 years of active priestly ministry during which he was also a dedicated supporter of the Knights of St Columba. His Requiem Mass was celebrated on Monday 15 March at St Luke's, Whiston, followed by his burial in the cemetery at St Peter and Paul’s, Crosby.

Fr Peter was born in Waterloo on 23 May 1944, the eldest of three children, and was educated at St Edmund of Canterbury Primary School and later at St Mary’s College, Crosby. Aged 12, he entered Ushaw Seminary and was ordained priest at St Joseph’s, Blundellsands, on 8 March 1969. 

Following ordination he served a number of parishes in the diocese as an assistant priest before he obtained his first appointment as parish priest at Our Lady of Walsingham, Netherton, in April 1986. This was followed by his appointment in September 1991 as parish priest of St John Fisher, Widnes, where he was to spend the next 20 years.

An avid Everton supporter and a life member of Ainsdale Golf Club, Fr Peter had been parish priest at St Luke’s, Whiston, since September 2011 and was planning to retire in May this year after a half-century of priestly service to various communities across the diocese.

We extend our deepest sympathy to Fr Peter’s family and to the members of St Luke’s Parish to whom he gave devoted service. Deep sympathy is also extended to his brother Knights in Council 18 whom he served so long and so devotedly. May he and all the souls of the faithful departed rest in peace.