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Paddy Kearney


Paddy Kearney died suddenly on the afternoon of Friday  23 November 2018 of a heart attack.

In his 76 years he was a tireless activist for the poor, the marginalised, for inter-faith partnership, social cohesion and peace.

Prayers have been offered for him in Emmanuel Cathedral and many churches, in mosques across Durban, and at the Durban Jewish Centre synagogue

Paddy had been in Johannesburg for the launch of his book of Archbishop Hurley's letters on Wednesday: a hugely succcessful event at which he was reunited with many old friends. He returned to Durban, and, thinking he might have pneumonia, he was taken to hospital by his brother. Unexpectedly,  he suffered a heart attack and died.

Paddy Kearney was born in 1942. He went to St Charles Marist College PMB and for some years was a brother in the Marist order. He worked closely alongside Archbishop Denis Hurley and in recent years had written biographies and edited Hurley's letters. 

He was Chair and Founder of the Denis Hurley Centre, Founding Director of Diakonia Council of Churches, Chair of the Gandhi Development Trust and advisor to KZN Christian Council and the Province Commission on Social Cohesion, among many other important positions.

He was a treasure. He will be sorely missed.