Father Anthony Hoade, a senior priest of the Lismore Diocese, died on Saturday 28th June at hospital on the Gold Coast as a result of complications following surgery. Father Hoade was aged 79. He was born at Ballyglunin, County Galway, Ireland on April 16, 1929. After preparatory school he entered Mt Melleray Seminary County Waterford to commence studies for the priesthood and then to St. Kieran’s College, Kilkenny where we has ordained a priest on June 6, 1954 by the Most Reverend Dr, Collier, Bishop of Ossory. He arrived in Casino on 21st. January 1955 to commence his work as a priest of the Diocese of Lismore. He served as an assistant priest in the parishes of Casino, Kempsey, Wauchope, Lismore and Tweed Heads. He was appointed parish priest of Tweed Heads in December 1971 and held that appointment until 1st May 1982 when he was appointed parish priest of Mullumbimby until 1999. He retired from active ministry on 1st June 1999 to live in Tweed Heads. His interests were always with the people he served and had a prodigious memory for recalling names of people and their families. He was an avid sports follower. He was a keen golfer and a follower of rugby league. His ability to make friends easily and extend compassion to those in need endeared him to many and won him wide respect. His care and concern for those in need extended far beyond his Catholic community. His Requiem Mass will be concelebrated on Thursday 3rd.July at St. Joseph’s Church Tweed Heads at 11am. Internment will follow at the Tweed Valley Lawn Cemetery, Duranbah.