Brian Philip Dermot Coakley was born in Liverpool on 26 May 1928, the son of Joseph and Josephine Coakley. He attended Hardy Street Convent School and St Francis Xavier’s College, Liverpool, before going on to Ushaw College to study for the priesthood. He was ordained by Archbishop William Godfrey at St Clare’s, Liverpool, on 9 May 1954.
Following ordination he was appointed assistant priest at St Elizabeth’s, Litherland, before transferring to Our Lady’s, Formby, in January 1962. He then held a number of short-term appointments through the 1960s and 1970s: with the Catholic Missionary Society in September 1965; as army chaplain in December 1965; at St Philomena’s, Liverpool in April 1966; St John’s, Wigan in August 1967; St Vincent’s, St Helens in January 1971, and Our Lady’s, Eldon Street in September 1973. In July 1976 he took a period of sick leave before returning as assistant priest at St Joseph’s, Leigh in February 1977 and later at St Anne’s, Liverpool in October 1978.
In December 1982 he was appointed parish priest of St Agnes, Eccleston, where he remained until September 1993. He then had two more appointments as assistant priest: in Skelmersdale in September 1993 and at English Martyrs’, Litherland in June 1994. Following his retirement in September 1999 he lived firstly at Woolton and then at Ince Blundell Hall.
His body will be received into Holy Family church, Ince Blundell at 7.00 pm on Monday 2 February when a Vigil Mass will be celebrated. His Funeral Mass will be celebrated at St Mary’s church, Woolton, on Tuesday 3 February at 12.00 noon followed by burial in Allerton Cemetery.
May he rest in peace.