Diocese of

Hexham and Newcastle

Bishop Robert Byrne CO


Fr. William (Bill) Rooke RIP

It is with great sadness that we announce the death of Fr. William (Bill) Rooke. Fr. Bill died on Thursday 3 October 2019; he was 73 years of age.


Fr. Bill was ordained to the priesthood on the 3 October 1970. He has faithfully served the people of our Diocese in the following parishes:


Rome: English College, October 1970 – June 1971

Newcastle: St. Francis, August 1971 – July 1975
Hebburn: St. James, July 1975 – April 1983
Missionary work in Kenya, June 1983 – March 1989
Stockton: St. Bede, June 1989 – July 1989

Parish Priest:
Stockton: St. Bede, July 1989 – August 1996
Gateshead: Holy Rosary, August 1996 – September 2002
Newcastle: Our Lady & St. Vincent and St. Lawrence, September 2002 – October 2019


Fr. Bill’s body will be received into, St. Vincent’s, Walker on Tuesday 15 October at 7.00pm and Mass will be celebrated. Bishop Robert will celebrate his Requiem Mass on Wednesday 16 October at 12.00 noon at St. Mary’s Cathedral, Newcastle.

Fr. Bill will then be interred at Heaton Cemetery, this is for family only.


May he rest in peace.