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Tribute after death of priest.

A RETIRED Middlesbrough priest who dedicated his life to the church has died.

South Bank born Right Reverend Monsignor Canon Kevin Coughlan, who had retired from active ministry, died earlier this month.

Monsignor Coughlan was born in South Bank, Middlesbrough on 18th January 1929, one of five children. He leaves two surviving sisters, Moira and Margaret.

He went to St Peter's School in South Bank before training for the priesthood in Ireland.

On the 21st June 1953, he was ordained for the Diocese of Middlesbrough in his home parish of St Peter's, South Bank.

He later served in Hull, Bridlington and Market Weighton before returning to his Middlesbrough roots in 1992 as the first Diocesan Priest at the Holy Name, Linthorpe following the departure of the Marist Fathers.

After seeing through this transition, he became Vicar General following the death of Monsignor Bill Carroll while remaining of Parish Priest of St Clare's, Brookfield.

He remained in both posts until 1999 when he returned to Hull for the final 12 months of his formal active ministry. A spokesman for the Middlesbrough diocese paid tribute saying Monsignor Coughlan was a "loyal and faithful servant"
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Publication:Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)
Geographic Code:4EUUK
Date:Oct 30, 2013
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