Obituary of Canon William Redmond

Canon William Redmond who taught at Ushaw College and served as Parish Priest in Widnes and Warrington died on Saturday 6 December at the age of 65 having served the archdiocese as a priest for 39 years.

William George Joseph Redmond was born in Maghull on 3 June 1949, the son of William and Mary Redmond.  He was educated at St Monica’s School, Bootle, and St Edward’s College, Liverpool, before studying at Oriel College, Oxford.  After graduation he began his studies for the priesthood at St Joseph’s College, Upholland and was ordained priest at St Monica’s, Bootle, on 19 July 1975.
Following ordination he was sent for further studies at the Biblicum in Rome and was awarded a licentiate in Sacred Scripture.  Upon his return to the archdiocese he was appointed as assistant to Monsignor Thomas Adamson at St Clare’s, Liverpool, in September 1979.  However, very soon his postgraduate studies were put to use with his appointment to the staff at Ushaw College, where he taught Sacred Scripture between September 1981 and February 1990.
In February 1990 he was appointed parish priest of St Paul of the Cross, Burtonwood.  After more than ten years in Burtonwood he became parish priest of Our Lady of Perpetual Succour, Hough Green, in September 2000.  In addition to his appointment at Our Lady’s, he became parish priest of St Michael’s, Ditton, in July 2008.  His final appointment was as parish priest of St Oswald’s, Padgate, in September 2011.  He remained at St Oswald’s following his retirement in September last year, but this latter period was marked by increasingly poor health.
In March 2009 he was appointed Canon Theologian of the Metropolitan Cathedral Chapter and also served on the Ecumenism Commission of the archdiocese.

His body will be received into St Oswald’s, Padgate, on Thursday 18 December at 7.30 pm when Mass will be celebrated.  His Funeral Mass will be celebrated at St Oswald’s on Friday 19 December at 12.00 noon, followed by burial at Yewtree Cemetery.