The much loved former Parish Priest of St Philomena’s and St Charles Borromeo, Father George Russell, died on the morning of Thursday 18 April at the age of 66 following a long illness.
He was born in Liverpool on 11 October 1946, the son of William and Elizabeth Russell, and attended St Anne’s School, Overbury Street, Liverpool, before pursuing his ecclesiastical studies at Campion College, Osterley, St Joseph’s College, Upholland and Ushaw College. He was ordained priest at St Anne’s, Overbury Street, on 8 July 1978.
Following his ordination he was appointed assistant priest at St Monica’s, Bootle, where he remained until his transfer to All Saints’, Anfield, in June 1983. Just over a year later he moved to Our Lady’s, Eldon Street, becoming at the same time chaplain to the deaf community. He learned sign language so that he could celebrate Mass for the deaf to bring the Lord to them in word and sacrament. In August 1987 he was appointed assistant at Holy Name, Fazakerley.
In 1989 he was appointed as Parish Priest to St Philomena’s, Liverpool. In September 1998 he became parish priest of St Charles Borromeo, Aigburth, taking on the additional responsibility of St Thomas More in September 2006. Due to ill health he retired to Aughton in September last year.
His body will be received into St Philomena’s Church, Sparrow Hall Road, Liverpool, for Mass at 7.00 pm on Tuesday 23 April, the Solemnity of St George. His Funeral Mass will be celebrated on Wednesday 24 April at 11 am at St Charles’ Borromeo Church, Aigburth, Liverpool. Burial will follow at West Derby Cemetery.