The former Parish Priest of St Timothy's, West Derby, Liverpool, Father James Finnigan, died on Sunday 9 September 2012 at the age of 79, having served as a priest for over 49 years.
He was born in Liverpool on 16 December 1932, the son of James and Anne Finnigan. He attended St Dominic’s School, Huyton, and St Edward’s College, Liverpool, before reading Classics at University. He trained for the priesthood at the English College of St Peter and St Paul, Lisbon, where he was ordained on 8 June 1963.
Following ordination he served at St Brigid’s, Liverpool, until January 1965, when he took up an appointment at St Thomas of Canterbury, Waterloo. From 1968 until 1972 he served on the staff at Upholland College, teaching science.
Upon his return to parish life he served as curate at St Matthew’s, Liverpool from 1972 to 1975, at St Mary’s, Blackbrook from 1975 to 1979, at St Charles Borromeo, Liverpool from 1979 to 1982 and Sacred Heart, Chorley from 1982 to 1985. In September 1985 he was appointed administrator of Saints Peter and Paul, Haresfinch, and from March 1991 he served as parish priest of St Timothy’s, West Derby. As a result of failing health he relinquished his parochial duties in February 1996, when he became Chaplain to the Notre Dame Sisters at Speke Road, Woolton. During 2004 he moved to St Michael’s, Ditton, as priest in residence, before finally retiring to Southport in 2007.
His body will be received into St Cecilia’s Church, Liverpool, for Mass at 7.00 pm on Thursday 13 September. His Funeral Mass will be celebrated at St Cecilia’s on Friday 14 September at 11.00 am, followed by burial at Yew Tree Cemetery.