Father Don Gordon, who faithfully served the parish of Sacred Heart, Hindley Green, for over 25 years, died on Tuesday 8 May at the age of 92 and in the 68th year of his priesthood.
Donald Joseph Gordon was born on 16 March 1926 in Wigan. He received his early education at St John's School, Wigan, before attending Thornleigh College, Bolton. Later he entered St Joseph's College, Upholland, to begin training for the priesthood. He was ordained priest in the college chapel on 3 June 1950 by Bishop Joseph Halsall.
Following ordination he was appointed as assistant priest at St Sebastian's, Liverpool, in September 1950, moving to St Peter and St Paul, Crosby, in 1954; St Anne's, Liverpool, in 1961 and Our Lady's, Portico, in 1971. In June 1976 he was appointed parish priest at Sacred Heart, Hindley Green, where he remained until his retirement in 2002.
Between 1964 and 1971 he served as chairman of the music commission in the Archdiocese, a significant period which included the opening of the Metropolitan Cathedral as well as the introduction of liturgical reforms following the Second Vatican Council.
Father Gordon's funeral Mass was celebrated at St Joseph's, Wrightington, on Friday 18 May by Bishop John Rawsthorne before burial in the parish cemetery.