Fr Stan Dye RIP
It is with great sadness that we announce the death of Fr Stan Dye MAfr at 4am on Sunday 6th December. He had been admitted to hospital with a chest infection which turned out to be pneumonia a few weeks previously (he has been COVID-free throughout). With his underlying health problems he was unable to beat the infection. His sister was able to visit before he died as was his Provincial. He was awake but a bit confused, and we knew that once they had withdrawn the ‘forced oxygen’ it was only a matter of time before he passed away.
Stan will be a huge loss to us all, personally and collectively. We all knew him for his wisdom and good sense on so many counts, both personally and collectively. He was one of the most compassionate people most of us have ever met, and it is no coincidence that he was sought out as a confessor. Penitents knew that they would encounter the compassionate heart of Christ in Stan. He was a very gifted spiritual director with huge experience of the Exercises and he provided so much ‘spiritual ballast’ for St Beuno’s. He has probably directed thousands over nearly twenty years here and so many will remember his wise and gentle direction with great gratitude. He suffered enormously in his life. After many years of missionary work in Africa the serious illness that disabled him left him in constant pain. He bore this stoically and with dignity, never wanting to draw attention to himself or seeking special treatment, and with an iron will and resolve that astonished me until I just got used to it. This pain and suffering is at last over, and we commend this good and merciful priest to the goodness and mercy of God.
Father Stan’s funeral will be at 11am on Wednesday 16th December in London.
Eternal rest grant unto him, and let perpetual light shine upon him.