Canon Denis Clinch RIP Obituary and funeral arrangements

Friday 25th August 2023

We are very sorry to share the sad news that Canon Denis Clinch died peacefully this morning at St Thomas’ Hospital in London.

Canon Clinch was in his ninety second year, the sixty sixth year of his Sacred Priesthood.

Denis was born on 8th March 1932 in Newton Heath, Manchester and was baptised on 27th March at St. Mary’s, Failsworth. He was educated at Christ the King, Newton Heath and St. Gregory’s Grammar School, Ardwick, Manchester.

Denis was accepted as an Ecclesiastical student for the Diocese of Salford in May 1945 and entered St. Bede’s College, Manchester, transferring to St Joseph’s College, Upholland in September 1952.

Fr Denis Clinch was ordained to the Priesthood at the Cathedral Church of St. John the Evangelist, Salford on 31st May 1958.

Fr Clinch served the Diocese of Salford in the following appointments:

1958-1962: English Martyrs, Whalley Range as Assistant Priest

1962-1962: St. James, Rawtenstall as Assistant Priest

1962-1966: English Martyrs, Whalley as Assistant Priest

1965-1970: Served with the Catholic Missionary Society

1970-1972: St. Bede’s College, Manchester (Professor)

1972-1974: Gregorian University, Rome for further study

1974-1975: St. Mary, Mulberry Street, Manchester as Assistant Priest

1975-2014: St. Mary, Mulberry Street, Manchester as Parish Priest

Fr Denis also served for a time as Chaplain to Greater Manchester Police – North Manchester Division.

Canon Denis Clinch was elected to the Cathedral Chapter on 11th January 2006.

Canon Clinch retired in June 2014, and moved to live in London so that he could be close to his family.

Canon Clinch’s body will be received into St. Mary’s, The Hidden Gem, Manchester for concelebrated Mass at 7.00pm on Thursday 7th September.

Bishop John will celebrate the Requiem Mass at The Hidden Gem on Friday 8th August at 12:30pm followed by burial at St Joseph’s cemetery, Moston.

Please remember him in your prayers and in the celebration of Mass.

May he rest in peace.

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