Fr Stan Dye RIP
by Roger Dawson SJ
Stan sadly passed away in the early hours of Sunday 6th December. He had been admitted to hospital some weeks before with a chest infection which turned out to be pneumonia (he has been COVID-free throughout this time) and he developed further complications to the point at which there was little the doctors could do. One of his sisters was able to come down from the North East and be with him the evening before he died and he was also able to receive a visit on the Saturday morning from his Provincial. He was awake but a bit confused, and we knew 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 I 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.
Eternal rest grant unto him, and let perpetual light shine upon him.
Stan’s funeral was held on Wednesday 16th December at 11am at St John the Evangelist, Brentford and he was laid to rest that afternoon in Kensal Green. Numbers at the funeral were limited to his fellow White Fathers and immediate family only.
Your prayers would be greatly appreciated at this time, especially by his sisters Alison and Joyce.
This sad news comes with my best wishes and prayers for Advent at the end of this strange and demanding year. And I hope it is not too long before you will be able to return to St Beuno’s.
Yours in Christ our Lord,