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John Cowdall, who was one of the first lay trustees of the Archdiocese of Liverpool, and who served as a trustee for over fifteen years died aged 79 on Friday 10 January in Chorley Hospital.


A resident of Chorley John was married to Eileen, and father of Janet (deceased) and Alison, and grandfather of Phoebe.


John was appointed a Trustee of the Archdiocese in 2004 and also served as the Secretary of the Historic Churches Committee for the Dioceses of Lancaster, Liverpool, Salford and Shrewsbury and as a member of the Patrimony Committee for the Catholic Bishops Conference of England and Wales.


He was a former Chairman of Stonyhurst College, the Jesuit boarding and day school in the Ribble Valley, and a member of the Board of Regents of Liverpool Hope University, the only ecumenical Christian University in Europe.


John served as Chief Executive of West Lancashire District Council from 1973 to 1990 having previously been Town Clerk and Chief Executive of Clitheroe Borough Council for four years.  He was also appointed by the Secretary of State as a Governor of Edge Hill College of Higher Education (now Edge Hill University) in 1989 serving until 1992 and was non-executive chairman of the Chorley Partnership between 1994 and 1997.


Pope Francis honoured him with a Papal Knighthood for his service to the Church and the wider community in 2016 and he received the award of Papal Knight of the Order of St Gregory from Archbishop Malcolm McMahon at a Service of Evening Prayer in September that year.


His Requiem Mass was celebrated by Archbishop Malcolm at St Mary’s, Chorley on Friday 24 January.

Obituary of John Cowdall KSG

John Cowdall,  was one of the first lay trustees of the Archdiocese of Liverpool