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Tributes paid after Fr David Hennessy dies peacefully

Fr David Hennessy, a former parish priest in Felixstowe and ex-headmaster of St Joseph’s College in Ipswich, has died peacefully after a long illness.

Bishop Alan Hopes said: “After many years of living with cancer, Fr David died very peacefully early this morning (March 9) in the convent of Jesus and Mary in Felixstowe.

“He was aided by the prayers of his family and some of the sisters who were with him. I am extremely grateful to the Sisters and to Carol (the Manager) who have supported him and encouraged him through these last months.”

Then Brother David, of the De La Salle order, he became head of the independent St Joseph’s College day and boarding school in Ipswich in the autumn of 1987, and, after leaving the order remained as head of the School

David later trained for the Catholic priesthood at St John’s Seminary, Wonersh, and was ordained in the college chapel on December 6th 1998.

He was appointed as assistant priest at All Souls’, Peterborough, where he stayed until be became parish priest of Sawston in Cambridgeshire. He was transferred to St Felix parish in Felixstowe in 2007. In all three parishes in which he served his is remembered as a kind pastor, a gifted preacher and an inspiring teacher.

His funeral will take place at St Mary’s Ipswich, at 11.30am on Wednesday, April 10, followed by cremation at Seven Hills Crematorium.

Pictured is Fr David Hennessy back in 1987. Picture copyright Archant.