By Dan Walsh
The death has taken place of Very Rev. Canon Tom Doyle, retired parish priest of Craanford, at Oakfield Nursing Home, Courtown. He was in his 86th year.
Born in 1936 at Monagrena, Boolavogue, he was educated at Boolavogue National School and St. Peter’s College, Wexford, where he was ordained to the priesthood in June 1962.
He served as a curate in Ballyfad from 1962 until 1970 when he took up a similar position at Courtnacuddy where he served for 20 years until 1990. When Rev Noel Hartley became parish priest in Kilmuckridge Canon Doyle replaced him as parish priest in Adamstown in September 1990.
He became parish priest of Craanford in September 1999 where he served the community until his retirement in 2015 after 16 years. He was a popular pastor and celebrated his Golden Jubilee in 2012.
FAMILY NOTICE; Very Rev. Canon Tom Doyle, Craanford, Gorey. Peacefully at Oakfield Nursing Home Courtown on the 25th January, 2022. Retired Parish Priest of Craanford.
Beloved brother of Breda, Eileen, Carmel, Benny, Eamonn, James, Micko and the late Rene, Elsie, John and Mary. Deeply regretted by his loving sisters, brothers, sisters-in-law, brothers-in-law, nephews, nieces, friends and his devoted house-keeper Anne Steadman, Bishop Ger Nash, fellow Clergy and Parishioners. May He Rest In Peace.
Reposing at Murphy’s Funeral Home, The Avenue, Gorey on Thursday from 2 pm with removal at 6.30 pm to St. Patrick’s Church Craanford. Funeral Mass on Friday at 11am, followed by Burial in St. Cormac’s Cemetery, Boolavogue.