Father Gerard Lee, who was parish priest of Our Lady Help of Christians, Portico, Prescot for over 20 years, died at Nazareth House, Birkenhead on Saturday 25 April aged 90, having served as a priest in the Archdiocese for almost 64 years.
Gerard Lee was born in Liverpool on 8 January 1925, the son of Patrick and Margaret Mary Lee. He attended St Alexander’s School and St Martin’s College, Bootle before going on to St Joseph’s College, Upholland to study for the priesthood. He was ordained priest in the college chapel at Upholland by Bishop Joseph Halsall on 19 May 1951.
Following ordination he held a number of appointments as assistant priest: at Our Lady’s, Eldon Street from September 1951; at Holy Ghost, Ford from May 1955; at St Joseph’s, Wigan from October 1961; at Our Lady of Good Help, Wavertree from October 1962; and at St Theresa of the Child Jesus, Sutton Manor from June 1971.
In August 1977 he succeeded Fr Edmund Whitaker as parish priest of Our Lady Help of Christians, Portico. This was to be his only appointment as parish priest and he remained at Portico until his retirement in April 1998. In retirement he lived, until the last few months of his life, at Greasby before finally moving to Nazareth House in Birkenhead.
Archbishop Malcolm McMahon celebrated his funeral mass at Nazareth House on Wednesday 6 May prior to burial at Frankby Cemetery.