Fr. Fintan Crotty was born on 14th April 1935 to Martin Crotty and Anastasia Reddy in Mullinavat, Co Kilkenny.
He was educated at National School, Mullinavat, Co Kilkenny, St Kieran’s College, Kilkenny and
De La Salle College, Waterford.
He entered the Novitiate of the Congregation of the Sacred Hearts in Cootehill on 14th August 1953,
and made his First Profession on 15th August 1954 in Sacred Heart Chapel, Tanagh, Cootehill, Co Cavan.
1960—1961 : Teacher & Pastor, Bishop Amat High School, Glendora, California, USA
1961—1962 : Secretary, Provincial House, Fairhaven, Massachusetts, USA
1962—1968 : Vocation Director, Ireland-England Province
1968—1970 : Director, Fr Damien Juniorate, Clones, Co Monaghan
1970—1977 : Parish Priest, Holy Cross Church, Bedford, England
1974—1977 : Provincial, Ireland-England Province
1977—1980 : Parish Priest, St Augustine’s, Daventry, Northants, England
1980—1991 : Development & Parish Priest, Sacred Heart Parish, Sruleen, Clondalkin, Dublin 22
1991—1992 : Sabbatical, Sacred Hearts Community, Berkeley, California, USA
1992—2002 : Parish Priest, Holy Cross Church, Bedford, England
2003—2004 : Sabbatical
2004—2020 : Curate, Our Lady of Lourdes, Acton, London W3 8AA, England
Fintan was predeceased by his brothers Brendan and Patrick and his sister, Sr Angela.
He will be deeply missed by his brother Fr Columban [Kevin] ss.cc., USA, nieces, nephews,
extended family, friends, and his religious family.
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Rip Father Fintan
Father Fintan’s kind Soul and giving Spirit touched so many and will never be forgotten…
RIP and God Bless
What a beautiful person. We will miss you so much. When we had just arrived from South Africa, you made us feel so welcome as a family. Your smile and gentle, kind ways made us feel part of the community.
What a loved and sorely missed person. RIP Father Fintan.
Penny and family. X
I am shocked and saddened to hear the news of your death.
I remember when you came out of your way to visit my family on a hot and stifling day despite it being outside the parish. Also, your smile and laughter will always remain with me .
A gentle soul, who gave us great comfort when our mother died. Rest in Peace Fr Fintan
Dear Father Fintan, what a kind, caring compassionate soul. We really appreciated his warmth, his twinkle and the genuine interest he showed in our lives. So welcoming, with a lightness of touch and the special gift of making us feel like he had all the time in the world to talk. Bless you Father Fintan. We will miss you!
Grateful thanks for Fintans great and joyful spirit and his warm welcome. May he rest in peace
Father Finton was a very special priest and friend to our family. When we had our babies, he would often visit for a cuppa and a biscuit and we have such happy memories’ of those days. He baptised both of our daughters and when we came back to visit Acton, our girls loved the chocolate penguins and we loved spending time with him! When I was sad, he let me know that God loved me and I will always remember that.
RIP Father Finton and you will be greatly missed by everyone. You are a very special person.
Sarah, Chris, Essie & Maggie Green
We are both very sad to have lost Fr Finton. He was an inspirational priest who dedicated his life to his parish and his people. He was never phased nor in other than good spirits. We greatly appreciated his regular attendance at the Friday evening “Our Lady of Peace (formerly Our Lady of Medjugorje) prayer group in Our Lady of Lourdes, Acton. He supported this group that was founded by the late Fr John Leahy and that continues as a memorial to him. We will all miss his company after Sunday masses when he would chat to all the parishioners in his unique fun filled fashion. May his soul rest peacefully in heaven. God bless you and farewell dear friend.
We were only chatting recently when we met in scruleen church I was singing at the mass and it was lovely to see you. We cannot believe that you are gone but certainly not forgotten. You were a true gentleman and a witty and full of fun man. We loved it when you visit our parents house we always had a great laugh. Rip our dear friend. Mary Brid and Michael
Thanks Father Crotty for all the effort you put into developing Sruleen parish in Clondalkin Dublin. It was you who helped build the church and school. From 1980 to 1991. Thanks, Go raibh maith agat. Ar Dheis Dé go raibh a hAnam dílis.
Dear Fr Fintan,
The news of your passing came a great shock. It was only a few weeks ago when you called to see how I was doing after my stroke.
I will never forget another encounter when you visited my house after my husband died. That day you were a true God send because I was at my lowest ebb. On that day you were my spiritual mentor. You explained the mass and to me and we also discussed matters of faith.
Your love for the whole parish was always evident. You were always smiling, always positive and ready to listen.
Dear Father, I claim for you St Paul’s second letter to Timothy 4:7-8.
“You have fought the good fight, you have finished the race and you have remained faithful. Now a crown of righteousness is awaiting you which the lord shall award you and everyone who is eagerly awaiting his manifestation.”
Dear Fr Fintan,
You will be sorely missed at Our Lady of Lourdes, Acton. You were a calm, kind and warm presence. Your smile was contagious and we are certain that you are now resting happily in your eternal home with the Lord.
God bless you and may you rest in perfect peace.
Celestina and Jackie Uzoka
These are a few memories from Nellie.
Father Fintan was a very kind and caring soul. ‘One of the best!’.
He had a good sense of humour & liked to share a joke.
When I was retiring as housekeeper at the presbytery he said to me ‘Who is going to feed us now?’ With a big smile on his face.
One time when he came to visit me at my flat he got a bit lost & couldn’t remember my number. He knew he was close by. Some children were playing & noticed him hovering. When they asked him if they could help he explained. They said ‘ we know Nellie’. They showed him the way to my door & then the smallest asked him if they wanted them to wait so that they could help him find his way home. He had such a laugh recanting this story & the fact that these small children were worried he wouldn’t find his way home. We laughed about it every time he came to visit after that. He never forgot my number after that.
He came to see me in hospital last year before lockdown and telephoned me in the nursing home. I will miss our chats and laughter.
Rest In Peace Father Fintan
Fr Fintan,I will always remember you for being a wonderful priest here at Holy Cross,Bedford.I first knew you from the mid 70’s in the parish.I have always valued your friendship down the years,your cheerfulness and dry sense of humour.I also enjoyed your company on the many times we played golf together,sometimes accompanied by Fr Jerry and Bishop Pat.We shared a love of sports,especially football ,rugby,and of course,hurling.You were fortunate to enjoy the golden years of your Kilkenny team that won so many AI titles.Hopefully Limerick will reduce the gap! Thank you for for always enquiring about how our family was doing.You will never be far from our thoughts.God bless.Ar dheisDe go raibh a anam.
We have so many happy memories of sharing a variety of occasions with Fr. Fintan. We first met him over 40 years ago as one of the priests at Holy Cross and he quickly became “special” in our lives. He was a firm friend to us all and we have enjoyed his company greatly. He will be sorely missed and never forgotten.
Dear Fr. FIntan You were a true man of the people and you had time for everyone you met, but especially those in need. You loved people and made us laugh on so many occasions. Your humour and lovely kind gentle nature were unique and you will be sorely missed. You were a true gentleman with a lovely heart and soul. May God rest your beautiful soul. You will be missed more than you could ever have imagine. Our Lady of Lourdes will never be the same without you. xx
Dear Fr. FIntan’s You were a true man of the people and you had time for everyone you met, but especially those in need. You loved people and made us laugh on so many occasions. Your humour and lovely kind gentle nature were unique and you will be sorely missed. You were a true gentleman with a lovely heart and soul. May God rest your beautiful soul. You will be missed more than you could ever have imagine. Our Lady of Lourdes will never be the same without you. xx
Beloved Fr Fintan with our Joshua ( Holy Communion )
Iur famiky are adore him so dearly, we Love him so much and much special connections with him, his and our daughter’s birthday in a same day, we did celebrates their birthday in our home, and Fr Fintan so much happiness sees in his eyes.
Even he did first holy communion with our son Joshua.
We dearly going miss him. Fr. Fintan another angels in heaven.
Rest in Peace.
Fr. Fintan was a man among men chosen by God to gently lead and guide his flock towards eternity. He walked the road of life showing compassion and kindness, faith and courage, appreciation and humility. How we will miss you Fr. Fintan, a true stalwart disciple of Jesus.
Our family was blessed to have you as a great friend from the cradle to the grave. You were there for the Sacraments of Baptisms, Reconciliations, First Communions and Wedding Ceremonies of our children to the heart wrenching Sacrament of the Sick and consoling Requiem Mass for my loving husband, Pat. A thousand ‘thank-you’s’, dear loyal friend.
A bright light has gone from among us only to radiate brighter from God’s heavenly home. An inspirational life well lived.
May your gentle soul rest in peace dear Fr. Fintan.
Forever in our hearts. ❤️
Sheila Lynch and family.
I had the privilage of knowing Fr. Fintan from St Aidan’s and occasionally at Our Lady of Lourdes in Acton.
We enjoyed many coffee mornings after Wednesday Mass at St Aidan’s. He enjoyed having a laugh and a joke with all the ladies.
He sometimes accepted my offer of a lift back to Our Lady of Lourdes if the weather was bad or the 70 bus wasn’t due. It was nice to
have that time to chat about our lives. He was the lovliest, most prayerful and gentle soul with a quick wit and great sense of humour and a warm smile for everyone.
He will be sadly missed by all our parishioners and all who were lucky enough to have known him.
The Lord ,Our Lady and all the Angels and Saints will be happy to welcome him home.
Rest in Heavenly Peace Fintan.x
Fr. Fintan, your sudden death has shocked us all. You were a most kind, compassionate and caring priest, always with time to listen no matter how busy. You sense of humour, and ability to make people smile, even through sadness was an incredible gift. You will now reap the rewards of your labours and faithfulness to GOD whom I am sure has greeted you with open arms. You will be sorely missed. May you R.I.P dear Fr. Fintan.
I’m finding it hard to put into words and do justice to the selfless, kind, warm and gentle person you were. You always knew how to make everyone feel special, comforted and truly listened to, in the time you spent with them. Always with a smile and a joke, you were able to make everyone feel lighter and brighter.
You have been a rock for our family- helping us with our Marriage course, blessing our home and baptising our baby boy as well as your years of support and service with St Vincent’s Roman Catholic Primary School.
You will be deeply missed with every passing day and we will always treasure our memories with you.
May you rest in peace and rise in glory.
Our dear Father Fintan, we will miss him so very much. He was so much more than our parish priest, he truly was a wonderful friend to our family. So kind, caring and gentle, he always brightened up our day with his smile, jokes and chats with often a mention of his beloved Oxford United Football Club. We will cherish the memory of our last mass with him on Christmas day. He will be forever missed and never forgotten. May he rest in peace and the Lord take good care of him ❤️
How lucky we were to have had you in our lives Fintan. Bringing us closer to God through your amazing example. Your joie De vive was infectious. I only remember your face smiling. How welcome you made our family when we joined Our Lady of Lourdes, enabling us to feel part of the Catholic community in Acton. Something I hadn’t felt since I was a small child. You will be so terribly terribly missed. I’m so proud to have known you. My heartfelt condolences to your wonderful family (whom you spoke of often and fondly) and to all the priests and religious in the SSCC congregation.
Pippa Morley and family
Let us watch our world with Fintan`s eyes. He has helped to open mine, together with his special smile. Great man and brother. RIP.
Father Fintan, I’ve always known you as a great person. One day you came to my house in surprise, to greet my children. You taught them about biblical studies and had coffee with us. Every Sunday, we had coffee and you had taught my children. He got my son into his chosen school by writing a great report. We lost a great father. It is heartbreaking. We shall always pray for him.
Fr Fintan agreat man , a great friend and now a great loss.May he rest in peace RIP
I have the best of memories of your holidays each Summer with us in West Clare.
I thought these visits would last forever….
Always a breath of fresh air in the door, smiling and always happy.
We had great chats, funny stories, catch up on family, trips around the west to meet cousins.
We felt privileged and blessed to be included in your Masses here with us.
In your Christmas card this year you said Please God we will do it again next year….alas.
You were always so welcome here with us. We will always miss you.
Solas na bhflaitheas dá Anam uasal.
Slán go foill,
Angela Crotty Larkin
Dear Fr. Fintan, such a gentle and brotherly friend, I will always remember your sweet nature, your superfine example of kindness and love in action. I send my love and prayers to you, your family, and all those who are grieving. Dominus vobiscum. ☘️
You have left us indelible memories to cherish, and to inspire us onwards.
I will forever treasure your last beautiful Christmas card and message, emboldening me with such tenderness in my new widowhood.
I am so missing your peaceful earthly presence, and just knowing you are there, but I am delighting in your heavenly fulfilment.
You have enchanted and influenced so many with your special gift of quietly connecting to our lives, with your natural loveliness, your caring support, your sincere concern and assuring comfort after loss, and I know that your sparkling spirit will never ever be forgotten.
Rest in peace, my dear friend, Fintan, in God’s eternal love and light. Oremus.♥️❣️♥️
Fr. Fintan was a welcoming and caring priest. He treated
everybody equally, and was gifted as great communicator, which made his homilies very interesting. He’s in our thoughts and prayers always.
RIP Fr. Fintan.
Father Fintan married my husband and I, in 1980 at St Augustines church in Daventry and he remained a friend ever
since. We used to visit him in Acton regularly and will treasure all the cards and letters he sent to us over the years.
A truly lovely man, we are both heartbroken
RIP Father Fintan. You will always be remembered with great affection from our time spent in Bedford in the 1970’s.
Death is nothing else but going home to God the bond of love will be unbroken for all eternity. We shall miss him so much. He was truly a very saintly priest and hope he will intercede for us in heaven. He was very close to us since he came to this church in Acton. We have so many memories, words cannot describe. Rest in peace Fr Fintan until we meet again. Marie and Stephanie.
We will always thank and praise God for sending you into our lives at Holy Cross. You had so many gifts including a listening heart, spiritual love, an easy going personality, a wonderful sense of humour, a caring, kind and sensitive nature. We miss you so much but are so much richer for having you as part of our lives. Can’t wait to see you again!
Fintan … Thank you For your wonderful work… You was an inspiration to us all. It was always lovely to chat be that meeting in the High Street or have a cup of tea and a biscuit… You left us all with a wonderful warm feeling. You’ll be sorely missed…But never forgotten.
Fr Finton , Thank you for been such good friend to my family over the years . The lovely visits , kind words , jokes , always happy always there for us . We Ha have been blessed to know such a nice person . Going to miss your weekly phone calls . Rest in peace . Your work on earth is done . Sincere Sympathy to his Brother and all his family . R.I.P.
Dearest Fr. Fintan, you were a Godly example who was confident and a friend to all of us here in the parish of Our Lady of Lourdes, Acton. You served our parish with intelligence, grace and joy. Thank you for being so considerate and helpful especially during our early days into this parish. Your beaming light will be solely missed. As long as hearts remember, hearts will still care. We do not part with those we love, they’re with us everywhere. May your soul rest in peace.
Dear Fr. Fintan, you were an exemplary pastor, deeply committed to your flock. You had an exceptional capacity to relate and reach out. The inner joy and kindness you radiated witnessed a deep spiritual life. Our Sisters in Acton, past and present, remember you with affection and gratitude. Thank you for your active presence in our parish. May you now enjoy eternal bliss in God’s embrace. Sr. Irene MMS
As one of Fintan’s nephews, I knew all the comments and the priest’s homily regarding Fintan’s qualities to be true. Yet, at the same time, what you all have shared has brought new perspective to the depth of his personality and impact on others. What a joy for me – and I know many other family members – to read and hear! We got to see each other every 3 to 6 years or so. In May 2020, WhatsAPP became an open line of communication and we had kept more in touch in his last 8 months. Though family members were mentioned in the Funeral Mass, in many ways his closest family were the friends – religious and lay – and parishioners he lived with and welcomed on a day to day basis. In one of our last correspondences I shared a video of me cutting down a Christmas tree with my kids. He responded, “…notice they let Dad do all the work. How’s the back?” In letters he’d usually close with “And don’t work too hard.” Always laughter and keeping things light. His eyes were always on the prize. And like so many of you have said, he now has his reward in heaven. I’ll miss you Uncle Fintan.
RIP Fr Fintan. Our smiley, friendly parish priest who always said hello and asked how we were when he saw us. We enjoyed many a cuppa after church on Sunday’s. And will miss our little chats. He led our daughter’s first Reconciliation and I too stepped up to receive confession. He was very comforting. Very kind. We will miss him dearly. Rest in peace in the kingdom of heaven.
A keen mind with an infectious zest for life, Fr. Fintan took a great interest in everyone and everything. Whether it be the fortunes of the Kilkenny hurling team or the political challenges facing our world today Fintan always took the side characterised by social justice, the common good and what was best for every individual. From following Oxford United to having a round of golf on his day off Fintan had remarkable energy and physical stamina alongside a great hearted kindness in abundance. Who else in their 80’s would help us move heavy bags, boxes and tins from our car up and down flights of stairs into the cellar of Emmaus house food store without getting out of breath?
As a family we will treasure countless fond memories of Fintan, too many to enumerate here. Suffice to say we recognise why the Sacred Hearts appointed him as vocations director early in his priestly ministry. Through his own personal example, witness and lifestyle he was, without doubt the very best advert for what religious life should look like and be on a lived daily basis.
Fintan, quite remarkably always found time and always made time in his own busy life to prioritise people. His record for visiting parishioners in their own homes or in hospitals (whether it was in Clondalkin, Bedford or Acton) was the stuff of legend but in all cases it was greatly appreciated and fondly remembered.
Being “a people person” was without doubt Fintan’s greatest and most endearing gift. By simply spending time with people, enjoying their company, walking alongside them and sharing in their lives he gave the very best witness to the Gospels. Without preaching or dogma he made Christ real and present to people in a relaxed, informal and non judgemental way.
Without words he demonstrated what faith and belief looks like in a practical sense (as well as the importance of “keeping the faith” for Mayo G.A.A. supporters like ourselves!)
In the midst of our loss at his passing we derive some solace from the knowledge that up until the very end of his earthly life Fintan did what he always did so extraordinarily well, namely giving of his time and his very self for others, quietly, discreetly, patiently and generously.
He truly lived out the charism of the order and especially that demonstrated by Saint Damien by being present to and for people, even in the midst of a global pandemic.
Fr. Fintan, it was a profound privilege to know you and a lasting source of comfort to have walked part way on the road of this life with you. Though your earthly ministry may be completed you will live on in the example you set us, in the love that you showed us, in the joy you shared with us and the goodness you brought into our lives.
Enjoy your heavenly reward prepared for you from before the beginning of time. May your gentle, funny and kindly soul rest in peace -now and for eternity. Ar dheis Dé go raibh a anam.
With love, all good wishes and every blessing,
Mary, Karl, Declan, Fergus, Róisín McCloskey
Father Fintan was a very special Priest. I have many special memories! The first was when He appeared at my front door and I asked what do I owe the pleasure, He said he has come to check me out! and laughed, I was about to meet the Cardinal as a new Governor, we laughed and had a cup of tea. He was there to support me in 2004 when my sister suddenly died. In 2018, He enabled Descendants to have a mass to celebrate 25 years, and have a celebration in the hall. Always smiling! Always has time for everyone. Fr. Fintan Rest in peace, you work is done, Thank you for me, my family and all Descendants’ family.
I’ll always be grateful for Father Fintan for giving my dad the peace he needed at the end of his life by welcoming him into the Christian faith. RIP Father Fintan
We were so blessed to have known you fr Fintan RIP
Fr Fintan, you were truly an a amazing man, you were always a great support to my family and I and also a dear friend to us all. You baptised Joseph and gave my daughter Ava the most beautiful send off when she gained her angel wings .
You will be sorely missed by us and so many ! Our loss is heavens gain. Rest peacefully Fr and God Bless you
Charleyanne Leydon and family xxx
Fintan – A man of immense love, who could hold opposites in his heart and place laughter in yours.
I will need some ‘Cloud’ storage to keep and share jokes hereafter!
Privileged to have very many happy times of enrichment and laughter shared.
My condolences to Fintan’s family, SS.CC Community, and Friends.
Fintan’s, love is very much alive, where it has been sown, let us continue to water it, take cuttings, and plant anew.
Thank you, RIP dear friend.
Father Fintan thank you for being there when we needed you, your lovely smile and sense of humour. You will be dearly missed. Eternal rest
Thank you Fintan for 49yrs of friendship. It was our privilege to have known you. You were one of the best. God bless you. We will always remember you.
Fr. Fintan – a gentle yet strong soul. Loving and caring to all. Above all faithful to his priesthood and vocation. That says it all!
Teresa, on behalf of the Leahy Family. Ar dheis De go raibh a anam dilis. May God have mercy on his beloved soul.
I remember Fr Fintan’s kindness and compassion when I was in difficulty with my job. He was so willing to give of his time and friendship. I also remember his huge interest in people and his knowledge of the stories of everyone he met. Rest in peace, Fiona
Dear Fr Fintan
A privilege to know you, to laugh with you, to smile with you. We will miss you
Thanks FrFintan for your many phone calls when I needed them I’ll always treasure in my heart your kind words may you rest in peace god bless.Breda O’Leary
Remembering Fr Fintan for his compassion, kindness and great sense of humour. He will be greatly missed by a lot of people who will remember him, like us, with affection and respect. RIP Fr. Fintan
Fr Fintan, thank you for being such a wonderful priest and friend. You helped my family through the most difficult of times and you were always so kind and welcoming . I will miss you dearly. May you rest in peace. God bless. All our love, the Lino family.
Rest in peace fr fintan.
Fintan will forever be remembered as a great man full of humor and wit, I’ve known this man since I was born and I will miss him forever.
Fr Fintan. Your welcoming and friendly countenance will be sorely missed in our parish. It was a pleasure to know you. You were a man so full of talents, that you shared freely. The thing I loved about you most was your sharp wit, which was legendary. I will miss you greatly. Your inner light shone bright. May you rest in peace, kind soul.
Fr Fintan; a truly special and blessed person who brought so much joy, humour, guidance and support to all those who had the privilege of meeting with you. 50 years ago you came to Holy Cross and as a family, we (especially our deceased parents) have so many fond memories of our times together with you. Rest in peace Fintan; God bless and thank you for being part of our lives.
We have so many wonderful memories of Fr Fintan. Angie remembers when he came to visit one afternoon and the house was a mess, children running around and he sat down had a cup of tea and just chatted for hours! Angie never laughed so much in all her life at the shock of Fr Fintan turning up! Andrew remembers taking Fr Fintan to Twickenham to England vs Ireland (the last match to be held with a crowd before the lockdown), he went missing at the end and Andrew didn’t want to return to Acton without Fr Fintan, for fear of getting lynched for losing him! They found each other eventually! The children remember Fr Fintan and his jokes and stories at the beginning of his homilies. We will miss Fr Fintan. R.I.P.
I first met Fintan on the day after my marriage when I moved to Bedford in January 1972. He would visit my husband and me at our home, turning up unannounced but always welcome. He went on to baptise my first two sons and became part of my wider family. He moved away but we kept in touch. When he returned the friendship grew, cemented by a love of golf. When he moved to the Acton parish he would he would come up from time to time, have a game of golf and stay the night. Our friendship grew. He went on to marry 2 of my sons. A friend for nearly 50 years and sorely missed. God Bless.
thank you for always being there for us Fr Finian R.I.P
In my long life I’ve known many priests but you dear Fr. Finton were a joy to know, you remembered all my large family’s names, and after this long lockdown the wonderful smile you have me and welcomed me back, so many memories. May you rest in peace I’m sure Tony greeted you with a big hug.
Thank you for your friendship, guidance and love. We will always smile when we think of you: your wonderful, funny stories; your love of golf, cycling and Oxford United; and most of all your kindness, humility and joy. It has been a privilege to have been blessed by your friendship. Our loss is heaven’s gain. Ar dheis De go raibh a anam.
Father Fintan you will be sadly missed at Our Lady of Lourdes in Acton. You always had time for a chat after mass. We will miss all the times you used to visit us at home. God bless you Father Fintan. May you rest in peace.
We have very happy memories of Fr Fintan. Always bringing good humour and cheer. Heaven is a better place today. May he rest in peace.
Such a welcoming priest. Always smiling and happy to see us. R.I.P. Will miss you so much.
Thank you Fintan for all the tales you told me about your extraordinary life on our many trips to Oxford over the years. I was always amazed at whatever subject we discussed you had a tale related to share and have travelled to so many parts of the world.
We will miss you so much. Rest in peace
Fr Fintan was always a friendly, loving and welcoming priest, with a twinkle in his eye and always helpful and upbeat. He saw both my boys through Holy Communion and Max through Confirmation and he will be sorely missed by our family and the community at large. May you rest in Peace, Fr Fintan.
Words cannot say how much you will truly be missed Fintan – always believing the best in everyone and such a friend to me, to dear Bob who held you in the highest esteem, and to all our family. We were blessed by knowing you. May you rest in peace. Beryl
Dear Father Fintan, thankyou for your unique smile, always friendly and welcoming…
Fr Fintan was the first priest to welcome us to Our Lady of Lourdes parish when we joined 4 years ago. He noticed we were new faces and greeted us with warmth and kindness. Since then, it has been a pleasure to see him at the doors of the church, greeting the congregation every Sunday. He was a kind man who will be very much missed. May his soul rest in eternal peace.
You was a great person.Many people love you and will always do. Especially me. I will never forget you nor will anyone else. You are in my heart and I will cherish you as long as I live. Many people love you because you had a talent. Of being one of the most loyal and honest person there is in man kind . He baptism my children and give first holy communion to our daughters.
Your memory will never fade.
Rest in peace
I’ll never forget us driving to Morlake crematorium in your little old car – I wasn’t sure if it was going to make, but it did and we’ll always remember your kind words that day. We miss you so much. The Eatherleys
Fr. Fintan, you were a great man and a true friend of my deceased husband Michael. That’s how i came to know you. You faithfully kept in touch and called to see me and my family in our home every year you visited Ireland. It was also very special that you said Mass when you were here. May you rest in peace, Father Fintan and I hope you will be rewarded for the outstanding priesthood that was experienced by so, so many.
We will miss your cheerful smile, wicked sense of humour and especially your compassion. So many people have said ‘he was such a gentleman’. And you really were – a gentle, kind genuine person. We will really miss you and our parish won’t be the same without you. I have been involved with Music Liturgy for 30 years and a Confirmation catechist for over 10 years, and you were always so supportive and appreciative of all we did.
May you rest in peace.
Sue & John Cunningham & family xxx
Father Fintan was such a kind, gentle and wonderful human being who was a great advocate for the Catholic Church. He and indeed other members of the SSCC community had such a profound influence on the development of my faith as a young person. I will be forever grateful to him for many reasons. A dedicated, spiritual man who we have lost but heaven has gained. Much love to you Father Fintan.
Fintan you brightened al our lives we worked together twice in Clones and later in Bedford. You were a great Boss partner and Friend. Every time we were together was special.I feel I am a better person for all my contact with you . I loved to see you come in and your way of being with so many is unique It has to be easy to Love a God Who made people like You Thanks for always including all of us only with you away do we know how good it was to have you here Jerry
I met Fr Fintan whilst at college and got to know him well. He officiated at my wedding and at my children’s first communions and confirmations. He was a gentle man and always ready with a smile. God bless, Fr Fintan.
Fintan’s warm greeting to all and his compassion when visiting the sick in hospital or in their homes was a gift to our parish of Our Lady of Lourdes. I will miss his sense of humour and the many yarns he would tell over a cup of tea in the presbytery. Fintan, you are sadly missed by Jim and Betty.
Fr. Fintan, will be missed dearly by our family. He was a kind, loving and a Godly gentleman, who had time for every single person that came into contact with him. We will especially miss our chats after the 10:30 mass on Sundays during teas and coffees. We will miss you dearly Fr. Fintan and may you rest in peace. Amen.
Fintan, you were one of the best.
Fr. Fintan was such a kind and gentle person, always wearing a big smile. He baptised our first born child and gave First Holy Communion to our son. Fr. Fintan will be greatly missed by Our Lady of Lourdes Parish and by many. Our prayers with his family in this difficult time. Fr. Fintan, may your soul rest in peace.
Thank you Fr Fintan for the many visits to my home with Holy Communion. Thanks also for the kindness, the stories and the many laughs we had during those visits. You were my friend aswell as my priest and I will miss you dearly. May your gentle soul rest in eternal peace.
Father Fintan was a truly incredible man, who touched the heart and spirit of everyone he met. He did this with a wonderful sense of humour and always a tale to tell. He will be greatly missed by us all. The Thompson family
Fintan was such a large part of our family’s life for almost 30 years since the time he came to Holy Cross for his second stint. Very quickly finding out his love of football I was able to introduce him to the dubious delights of watching Oxford United and apart from his sabbatical year he came with us to Oxford as a season ticket holder and became a firm family friend. And then when I retired a few years ago I was able to join him most Mondays for a round of golf. How he loved his golf and regretted that at 85 he did not play quite as well as he did at 50 – mind you, he could still outdrive me even at 85! I just hope that at the gates of heaven St Peter handed him a new set of Ping clubs and pointed his way to all the fabulous golf courses that I am sure Fintan must have believed awaited him. With lockdown I don’t think I will truly realise he is really gone until golf courses reopen and he isn’t there and crowds return to Oxford and he isn’t with us. Yes he was a wonderful priest but also a wonderful, witty and caring friend. Rest in Peace dear friend.
Father Finton will be missed by all of us from Saint Aiden. God Bless you Father, your work is done it’s time to go home. RIP
Fr Fintan was such an amazing person and priest. We always enjoyed chatting to him and loved his great sense of humour. We will miss him immensely. We are keeping his family and the Sacred Heart community in our prayers. Fr Fintan R.I.P
Fintan was a constant and gentle blessing in our lives-young and old. His joyful love of the Lord shone through his life in his kindness, compassion, fun, patience and humour-a wonderful friend who was never ‘too busy’. In his generous giving of himself he truly showed Christ’s love to the world. My happy memories of him will remain a constant inspiration.
Fintan, rest in peace.
I met Fintan when I was a priest in the Northampton Diocese…I played golf with Fintan and his good friend Pat Lynch. I valued his friendship and support. As part of the diocesan golf group Fintan saw it as a way of supporting his fellow priests. I will always remember him for that.
I am now retired living back in my home village in Donegal. May he rest in peace.
Thank you for been a friend & a very special manR. I. P Fr Fintan
Fr. Fintan touched the lives of so many people with his thoughtfulness, kindness and compassion for those in times of trouble. A wonderful man with a huge heart and great sense of humour. We will miss him deeply and feel blessed to have known him. Rest in peace Fr. Fintan, our prayers are with you and your family at this time.
Father Fintan & Isabelle Haran
Always smiling Father Fintan. Always at the door of Our Lady of Lourdes and always welcoming! Indeed a shock but our Maker has bought you back home. We thank God that we were able to have you for a lifetime but now it is your time to rest until we meet again. Keep smiling Father. May you Rest In Eternal Peace
So many happy memories of a dear friend and priest may you rest in peace.
I recall not too long ago 2 nice gentlemen in suits from the Prisons Counselling Team visited St. Aidan’s church too early for the 11am mass where they were to give a talk on sharing our time and resources. The church was empty by then as 9am mass has just finished and they were faced with a long 1.5 hours wait before the next mass begins.
Unknown to anyone I brought cake that morning to share with the counting team. Father Fintan seeing the 2 lonely gentlemen asked if I could make some tea and biscuits to welcome them. Seeing our nice biscuits may be a bit too humble for the occasion I decided to share half of my cake with them. Father Fintan has thus multiplied my graces for me as Jesus would his disciples when he asked them to feed the lonely and hungry crowd. I will miss you Father, please pray for me when you see the face of our Father in Heaven
Fr. Fintan will be missed in so many different ways.
He touched so many peoples’ lives and brightened up their days.
Your work in Acton completed and your work on earth now done,
Gad has called you home to Heaven with Mary and Jesus her son
I shall miss your after mass chats to us after reading or helping at the altar to give the Sacraments . Your jokes and funny stories . So pleased that I was able to hand over my card and gift to you after Christmas Eve Mass. . Little did I know that your kind words ” No hugs allowed this year Beryl ” would be the last words we exchanged. . Thank you for being there for me in all my sad and glad times. . You will be missed by so many. Thank you for being ..well just you.
We shall miss you but give thanks for your special presence in our lives. In your priestly role, you knew the art of friendship so well … a ‘being with’ on a joint journey towards our heavenly home. You always carried with you the thrill of knowing Jesus in daily life. Rest in peace and joy dear friend. You leave us with great memories.
Little did I know that when we last spoke on Christmas Day that it would be the last time I would see you. Less than two weeks later you were taken from us and now you reside in our heavenly home. Though such loss is always sad for us who are left behind I am happy for you. I will always remember you fondly. RIP Fintan
Fr Fintan, I have experienced you as a gentle, caring person with a beautiful smile and your presence will be missed much at the Our Lady of Lourdes Church in Acton. May you rest peacefully in God’s eternal love. Sr Edith
Praying for Father Fintan , my friend in church, on the street and on social media. May he Rest In Peace
RIP Fr Fintan, you have earned your place in paradise. Have fond memories of you and you were always there for advice, support and so approachable and sincere. Thank you Now in heaven with God, his angels and saints. Hope they also have a golf course. Slainte xx ️
A lovely kind and thoughtful man who will be missed by so many people who knew him. Rest in peace.
I first met Fr. Fintan when he was vocation director in Ireland in 1964 when I was preparing for the Leaving Cert. He was the person who guided and inspired me to join the Sacred Hearts. For me and for many others he has been a loyal friend, a wonderful priest and dedicated member of the Congregation. His sense of humour, his sensitivity and compassion and his ability to remember and re-tell stories about so many people brought so much joy, laughter and peace to many people over many years. He will be greatly missed.
May he rest in peace.
Father Fintan, you were always so kind & helpful to me.
So many memories … but here are 2…
I remember you often called me ‘Martha’ because when the Parish held ‘bring & share’ celebrations I would often be found condensing the food onto fewer & fewer plates.
When my eldest Granddaughter made her 1st Reconciliation at Holy Cross you dealt very sensitively with her younger sister who insisted on coming up to you with her sister.
Fr fintan you are returning home to us one last time we will be there to greet you rip
I will never forget Father Fintan as he made me welcome from the first day I met him. He was full of jokes & stories that put a smile on everyone’s face. He took an interest in everyone’s life….mine being talking about my home town….especially Newcastle United. He always asked about my health & prayed for me. He will be such a miss. R.I.P. & God Bless X
RIEP father fintan me and my children adored you I remember when you came to visit us at home ❤️And your kind words though hard times thank you for all beautiful masses they will be sadly missed god bless your beautiful soul ❤️❤️
Fr Fintan has an incredibly kind, sweet and compassionate gentleman.
He came to visit our family home and blessed our home. He spent talking with with us and sharing his travelling experience with us. After our fathr, John passed away he showed just kind support and the parish to our family. We will miss seeing his smiling face at the parish. Rest in peace Father Fintan.
Father Fintin you were the first priest that welcome me when I first step in our lady of Lourdes you Baptise my children ,you done my children Holy communion I will truly miss your smile and your welcome Rest in peace Father we all love you ,
Father Fintan you always made me feel welcome the first time I step in our lady of Lourdes church ,you will truly be missed the church would not be the same without you Resr in Peace Father
You baptised Daniel and gave him his first communion. You were communicating with us about his cancelled confirmation and sent lovely emails being so understanding that we wanted it to be a family affair, now you suddenly gone! It is not going to be the same without you. We miss you and will feel there is something missing on that big day yet to come. Thank you for being part of our lives. Love Maria & Daniel xxx
Thank you Fr Fintan. Thank you for being a shining example of a wonderful priest and friend. Thank you for visiting my late mother every week when she was ill and lifting her spirits. Thank you for being a kind, thoughtful, witty friend to all our family. You served your Church, community and humanity with intelligence, grace and joy. Heaven’s gain is our loss. Rest in peace and God bless you Fr Fintan. We miss you. The Bennebri family.
Dearest Fintan, you were a shining example, confident and friend to so many here in the parish of Our Lady of Lourdes, Acton. Your beaming light will be sorely missed. You have left a huge hole in our hearts. ♥️
Fr. Fintan sscc as preparations are been organised to bring you home to Ireland; the good Lord is saying to you Welcome Home my good and faithful servant. You have served me well your reward is great as you arrive at the golden gates of my Kingdom. Fr. Fintan you will be sadly missed by so many. May you RIP in the loving arms of Jesus. Kay
Fr Fintan, you were an absolute gentleman to deal with both professionally and privately you will be sorely missed in Acton and all around the world where you have served, Rest in Peace and God Bless from all at Ryans