24 December 2016
Bishop pays tribute to former MP who became a Priest.
Bishop William Nolan, the Bishop of Galloway has paid tribute to Fr. George Thompson who died peacefully yesterday (23 December 2016) aged 88 at Senwick Nursing Home in Borgue.
Bishop Nolan said:
“Father George Thompson was a man whose life was inspired and motivated by a deep faith in Jesus Christ. A faith he put into practice by embracing three vocations: teaching, politics and the priesthood. In each of these he sought to serve God and to serve others. We give thanks to God for all the good that he did throughout his life.”
Bishop Nolan added:
“The people of Galloway have been blessed by his commitment to public service, but as Bishop of Galloway I am particularly grateful to him for his years of service as a priest.
We commend Fr. George Thompson in our prayers to the loving mercy of God. May he rest in peace.”
George Thompson was elected as the SNP MP for Galloway in the October 1974 General Election. Losing the seat in 1979 to the Conservative candidate, Ian Lang.
He was ordained a priest for the Diocese of Galloway in St Teresa's, Dumfries, in 1989. He served as assistant in St Teresa's, Dumfries, as Parish Priest in St Margaret of Scotland in Irvine, and as Parish Priest in St Peter's, Dalbeattie. He retired in 2005.
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Notes to Editors:
- The funeral will take place in St Teresa's, Dumfries at 11am on Friday 6 January 2017, Bishop Nolan will be the Principal celebrant. The body will be received into the Parish the previous evening at 7pm.
- Biography: Fr. George Thompson: Born in Glenkens, (11 September 1928) he lived with his parents and younger brother in a gamekeeper's cottage. He spent two years in the forces after leaving school then went to Rome to study for the priesthood. In 1954 his father died and George returned from Rome to support his mother who died in 1973. He worked for the Forestry Commission for seven years, continuing his studies at the same time, and eventually qualified as a teacher having studied at Edinburgh University. This led to a teaching post in Kirkcudbright Academy where he taught French and German. He was an active member of the SNP and was elected as the SNP MP for Galloway in the October 1974 General Election. Losing the seat in 1979 to the Conservative candidate, Ian Lang. After losing his seat he returned to teaching, and then returned to seminary and was ordained a priest for the Diocese of Galloway in St Teresa's, Dumfries, in 1989. He served as assistant in St Teresa's, Dumfries, as Parish Priest in St Margaret of Scotland in Irvine, and as Parish Priest in St Peter's, Dalbeattie. He retired in 2005 and returned to live in the family home in St John's Town of Dalry. For the last four years he has been in Senwick Nursing Home in Borgue, where he died peacefully on 23 December 2016.