It is with great sadness that we have to inform you that Fr Peter Smith died earlier today. He was residing at St Joseph’s Home in Newcastle.

Please remember Fr Peter in your prayers and pray for the repose of his soul.

Fr Peter’s body will be received into St Joseph’s Home, Little Sisters of the Poor, Newcastle on Tuesday 21 December.

Bishop Robert will celebrate the Requiem Mass at 10.00am on Thursday 22 December at St Joseph’s Home. The Mass will be followed by burial at Gateshead.

May he rest in peace.

Death Notice

Father Peter Smith, born 8 February 1929, died on 2 December 2021; he was 92 years of age.

Father Peter was ordained to the priesthood on 19 July 1953. He has faithfully served the people of our Diocese in the following parishes:


Whitley Bay: St Edward’s August 1953 – August 1956
Thornley: Sacred Heart and English Martyrs August 1956 – March 1963
Hartlepool: St Joseph’s March 1963 – August 1969
Easington: St Mary’s August 1969 – December 1970

Parish Priest:

Newcastle: St Joseph’s December 1970 – January 1980
Consett: St Patrick’s January 1980 – June 1989
Coxhoe: Ss Joseph, Patrick and Cuthbert June 1989 – December 2002

Retired: 2002