Diocese of

Hexham and Newcastle

Bishop Robert Byrne CO

Fr. Austin Tomaney RIP


It is with sadness that we inform you of the death of Fr. Austin Tomaney, born 27th May 1927, died on 27th June 2019; he was 92 years of age.


Fr. Austin was ordained to the priesthood on the 27 July 1952. He has faithfully served the people of our Diocese in the following parishes:


Darlington: St. Augustine's, August 1952 – September 1955
Walker: St. Anthony, September 1955 – August 1962

Assistant Administrator: Diocesan Rescue Society, August 1962 – May 1978

Administrator: Diocesan Rescue Society, May 1978 – November 1981

Parish Priest:
Annitsford: St John the Baptist, November 1981– August 1992

National Chaplain to the Deaf, August 1992 – June 2000


Retired to South Shields, April 2001


Fr. Austin’s body will be received into St. John the Baptist, Annisford on Thursday 11 July 2019 at 7.00pm and Mass will be celebrated. Bishop Robert will celebrate his Requiem Mass on Friday 12 July 2019 at 12.00noon at St. John the Baptist, Annisford. Fr. Austin will then be interred at St. John’s.


May he rest in peace.


Clergy interested in attending the Requiem Mass can read the full death notice here.