Death of Fr David Roy Scott

16 March 1926 – 8 November 2015
Bishop Anthony Fisher OP with Fr David Scott in retirement in 2011.
16 March 1926 – 8 November 2015

A retired priest of the Diocese of Parramatta, Rev Fr David Scott, died on Sunday 8 November at Holy Family Services Retirement Village.

The Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 11am on Thursday 12 November at St Paul the Apostle Church at Winston Hills. The Vigil Mass will be in St Paul’s Church at 7.30pm on Wednesday 11 November.

Fr David was Pastor Emeritus of St Paul the Apostle Parish. Appointed Parish Priest in 1970, he retired from active ministry in 2010.

In 2011, Fr David Cross received the Pro Ecclesia et Pontifice from Bishop Anthony Fisher OP at the Chrism Mass. Also known as the ‘Cross of Honour’, the medal was established by Leo XIII in 1888, and is currently given for distinguished service to the Church by lay people and clergy.

He was born at Rosebery in 1926 to Jack and Gladys Scott. The stained glass window behind the altar in St Paul the Apostle Church is dedicated to them.

He was the middle of three brothers – Michael is the youngest and John who died in 2009 was the eldest.

The young David grew up in Kingsford in St Michael’s Parish at Daceyville. He was educated at the parish primary school and what was then Marist Randwick (now Marcellin College).

On leaving school, he entered St Columba’s Seminary at Springwood and completed his studies at St Patrick’s Seminary at Manly.

He was ordained by Cardinal Gilroy in St Mary’s Cathedral on 22 July 1950.

Fr David’s priestly appointments included parishes in Katoomba, Lakemba, Haberfield, Lithgow, Dulwich Hill, Strathfield, St Paul’s Seminary at Manly where he was Director of Students, and St Mary’s Cathedral.

His final appointment in 1970 was Parish Priest of St Paul the Apostle Parish at Winston Hills where he spent the next 40 years building the parish from the ground up.

Fr Roger Wynne at North Parramatta had procured the land on behalf of the Archdiocese of Sydney. In 1970, Fr David was appointed the first parish priest and was instrumental in the purchase of, or construction of, the church, presbytery, convent and school buildings.

As well as being their pastor, he was highly regarded by parishioners as a good administrator.

Fr David retired from active ministry in 2010 and regarded the years he spent at Winston Hills as the highlight of his priestly ministry.

His brother, Michael, said David was well known for his love of sport, in particular golf. For many years he had played a round every Monday at St Michael’s Golf Club.

If you asked any of the many people whose lives have connected with Fr David what stands out most, they would point to his devotion to the Rabbitohs South Sydney football team.

Fr David’s funeral will be at St Paul the Apostle Church, 40 Buckley’s Road, Winston Hills.

He will be buried at Castlebrook Memorial Park, 712-746 Windsor Road, Rouse Hill.


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