03 Feb 1960 - 28 Apr 2013
03 Feb 1960 - 28 Apr 2013
Died on April 28, 2013 while celebrating Sunday Mass with his people at St. Patrick’s Catholic Church. Aged 81 years. Dearly loved son of the late Denis and Teresa. Loved brother of Tom and Marge, Brenda and Padrick (deceased), Denis and Toni (deceased), and beloved uncle of his nieces and nephews and their families. Respected and loyal Priest of the Diocese of Palmerston North. Ordained in Ireland in 1956. Beloved Pastor of the Napier Parish for 34 years.
‘Requiescat In Pace’
Requiem Mass for Father Tim was celebrated in St. Patrick’s Church, Munroe Street, Napier on Friday, May 3 at 12 noon, followed by interment at the Western Hills Lawn Cemetery. Father Tim was lying in St. Patrick’s Church. Mass was celebrated in St. Thomas More Catholic Church, Wycliffe Street, Napier on Thursday, May 2 at 9.15am. A Rosary was recited at St. Patrick’s Church on Thursday at 5.00pm followed by a Vigil Mass at 7.00pm. No flowers by request. A donation in Father Tim’s memory to the St. Vincent De Paul Society would be appreciated. All messages to the Hannigan and Church Families, C/o St. Patrick’s Church, 4 Munroe Street, Napier.
Fr Tim, You were our guiding light when I moved to Napier to prepare for my wedding to Tim McGirr in 1979. You went out of your way to ensure that I was welcomed into the parish and for the next 34 years you took an interest in our family no matter that we had moved away from the parish. You baptised our daughter Mandy and our nephew Nick on the same day. You celebrated all of the ups and downs of our lives and laughed, loved and grieved as we travelled our journeys. But most of all Fr Tim, I will remember you for two things; firstly for giving me your little book entitled "The Fourth Wise Man" and secondly for helping us to understand that the Church isn't always perfect but it is forgiving. You are, indeed, "The Fourth Wise Man". Thank you for the wisdom and compassion you shared with us. God, and the Hannigan family, were so generous in sharing you with us. With love, Tim and Gloria McGirr, Traci, Jay, Heather, Mandy, Nancy and Emily.
I've been blessed to have known know Fr Tim and to receive so many blessings and graces though his ministry, since my arrival in NZ 15 years ago.
On Sunday 28 April 2013, during the 9.30 am Mass, we had just started singing the Communion hymn, "Like a shepherd he feeds his flock and gathers the lambs in his arms; holding them carefully, close to his heart, leading them home..."
The initial shock of witnessing Fr Tim fall, and then receiving CPR from a doctor and nurses in the congregation, hushed the singing momentarily.. but then we resumed our singing with greater fervour and conviction as the reality sank in... for this was our Pastor, our Parish Shepherd, who just moments before was doing just that! ... like a shepherd, feeding his flock with the precious Body of Our Lord Jesus Christ...
What a privileged to have known and loved and have been shepherded by one such as Fr Tim Hannigan!
Thanks be to God!
Our condolences to all the Hannigan family and the parishioners of St Patrick's Napier and all Fr Tim's friends.
Having known Father Tim since my days at Sacred Heart College in the 90's, it was a privilege to have him officiate our marriage in 2002 and a year later welcome us back to Napier to Baptise our first Born, Jack.
In the words of our 6 year old Daughter, Zoe, "Dear Jesus, may Father Tim have the best time in Heaven and I love him so".
E & J Watts, Upper Hutt. Part of the Kelly family and frequent visitors to the Parish.
Fr Tim you married us and for that you will always hold a special place in our hearts. You will always be remembered for the loving, kind-hearted and very humorous person you were. May you rest in peace and enjoy the eternal happiness you truly deserve.
Love & blessings Barb & Nick McGirr and our two daughters Caitlin & Amelia (who remember you for your children's blessings and your Easter eggs at Easter time!) xx
Fr Tim, what a humble kind and open hearted man you were. If only the world was full of more people like you, it woud certainly be a better place. You will be missed but how grateful I am to have been in your presence. You made me proud to be Irish. I will take your legacy with me in my heart. Rest in peace my friend.
We've lost a Priest but gained a Saint.
Rest in Peace Mons.
To the Hannigan family,
I am 34yrs old and I was baptized the same year Tim started at St Patricks, my middle name is drawn from St Patrick's church and the festive holiday and yes my family is from Cork, Ireland.
I just wanted to be in touch with you and pass on my love and support in this time of Father Tim's passing.
I needed to let you know that I was with Tim when he passed away in church on the 28.04.13 at 10.15am, I was the one whom made the 111 call and knelt over Tim describing what was happening every 10 seconds for 4 minutes while Tim was receiving C.P.R from a very experienced charge nurse from church, Margret, this seemed like a life time.
I am so sorry for telling you this, but I would be grateful to know all there is to know if one of my family passed away and I was unable to be present.
My love and prayers are with you, the Hannigan family.
Kind regards and love
Vincent Patrick O'Donnell
Father Tim, We will remember you with love and respect. Always a pleasure to meet and have a chat with. Your love of little children and your concern for others will be remembered always. R.I.P.
We pray God will strengthen and comfort both the Hannigan family and the Napier parish family as they mourn the passing of such a wonderful man. We were blessed and privileged to know Mons Tim and are sure he's singing with the angels in heaven. Rest in Peace Mons.
Thank you for being such a special treasure - we will miss you!
Fly with the angels,
Louise, John and Cory Bourne
Father Tim, you were a wonderful part of our family,who always had a smile and hug for me as a child. It was a privilege to be your friend and I was so glad to have my own children baptised by you! There is a special place for u in heaven and I will miss you but I remember you saying to me not to be sad as you will be happy in your new place. God bless you Father Tim!
Our condolences and prayers go out to all his grieving family in Ireland....thank you for giving him up to the many many very blessed Kiwi people whose lives he has touched in his dedicated ministry all those decades. Just want to honour your sacrifice. And we are also praying for his Napier family...his beloved parishioners....and of course his many brothers in priesthood who love him so much. May the knowledge that he has gone straight to his deserved spot right by Jesus and died without illness, and so quickly, doing what he loved best be a solid comfort to you all. We always loved coming to his Masses when we visited our family in Napier (the Kellys) ....always gave a belter of a homily injected with dry wit and his tenderness with the children and babies was special to watch! He married most of my sisters and baptised many nieces and nephews so we have seen him in his element heaps! Baptisms were extra special with him....it is fitting that he had just celebrated another one before he sped off to God! What a blessed wee baby that is! xxxxx
Thank you so much Father Tim for everything you did for our family.We will miss you.God Bless.Lots of love.Michael,Hazel,Alana,Nikita Mitchell.We will all meet again one day in Heaven.
The time has come for Fr. Tim to have his well deserved rest after a life-time of working in Jesus's name bringing people to the table of Our Lord. This time, God heard Fr Tim's knock at the door of His waiting room and welcomed him home, rewarding him after a life time of dedicated service. Fr. Tim witnessed to us how pivotal the Mass was is to everyday life. His love for the Mass and people was evident; along with his special affinity with all children, his involvement with the seamen and their families in the Apostleship of the Sea Ministry, his caring nature when working with families through the St.Vincent de Paul Society no one was turned away empty handed and when appropriate given in his unique style of humour be it with a blessing or warm words of encouragement. Our lives were blessed and enriched for having had him part of them....Fr Tim, may God bless you and keep you safe in his arms and may you rest in peace.
Our sincere sympathy to the Hannigan family,
Fr Tim,brought Got to our home in Bay view.
A lovely warm and kind man.
May he rest in peace.