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Rev John Macaulay

Matt Macaulay (Howards, 1990) announces the passing of his father, "The Rev", John Macaulay
30 Mar 2023
Written by Matt Macaulay

Just in case anybody remembers him, my dad the Revd John Macaulay, who was Liverpool College chaplain for a period in the 1980s and early 1990s, passed away peacefully this morning with his closest family by his side.

His time at the college was always very special to him and it was the source of some of his happiest memories.


My dad became chaplain at the College in 1981, I think. I do remember that in the summer of 1981, I joined in the final year at David House, and he was already working there.

He taught Religious Studies, of course, and also maths. And I know that while he was very pleased to have a parish again after his retirement from teaching, he thoroughly enjoyed his time at Liverpool.College. He was proud to be "The Rev" to so many pupils.


The funeral details are as follows -

11.30 am on Friday 14th, April at Wigan Parish Church, followed by the committal at Wigan Crematorium.

Lerpoolians will be most welcome to attend.





Some comments posted on Facebook 

Jason Brooke

So sorry to hear this sad news; he was a great man and will be missed RIP. We used to live on the same Avenue as each other, as did a couple of other teachers. I used to babysit you two when your parents used to go out ... that was about 40 years ago  Love and respect to a lovely man Matt and Vicky xx

John Bolland

So sorry to hear your sad news. John was a truly inspirational teacher at school, and he also happened to grow up with my mum near Wigan. They used to spend the time at parents’ evenings reminiscing about Up Holland! I also used to babysit for you occasionally! I remember with great affection his anecdotes about life as a vicar and Wigan rugby league. He was definitely one of the good guys. Please accept my (and my mother’s) condolences.

Paul J Fleming

Sorry to hear that, Matt. I was Head Chapel Warden for a couple of years during your Dad's time at the College. Very fond memories of that time. He was a fantastic guy.

My deepest condolences to you & your family.

Ian Hulme

Sorry to hear your sad news, Matt. I was the year below you, so left in 91, but every now and then, I'll tell a 'funny' about what your dad said in lessons or on the rugby pitch. He made a good lasting impression. He was a great guy, and whilst there will be sadness, I hope you can take some comfort in his lasting legacy. RIP the Rev!

David Dunbavin

Sorry to hear this, It's been 30 years but I remember your dad well and him being a fair and understanding teacher who was well respected by all. Condolences to you and your family.

Neil Griffiths

Fond memories of your Dad. Can remember him telling me of the importance of pies at rugby league grounds on a CCF trip. A very likeable decent man. Sorry for your loss.

Andrew Unsworth

Such a top bloke. Fair teacher and formative guidance. Savage on a rugby field, given his profession. Sad day- thoughts with you all

Paul Stokes

Wonderful man. I remember him arriving at Liverpool College and taking over the Chaplaincy. And him riding to and from School on his motorbike. God Bles.

Steve Daley

So sorry for your loss Matt. He was a great man and teacher

Tom Blackwell

God Bless Rev., A true Gent.

Eddie Carr

Sorry to hear the sad news. Rest in peace, Rev. My thoughts are in memory of Rev Macaulay and for his family on their loss. 

Neil Pigott

He was a really lovely man. My condolences to your whole family

Faron Wong

Many condolences and I am sorry for your loss. I remember your father well very patient maths teacher and man who always took time to explain things. RIP

David Berwick

May he R.I.P.condolences

Edward Hayes-Hall

Sorry to hear this. I remember him well. My condolences to you and your family.

Peter Button

Tremendous bloke, have some great memories of the Rev. Sorry for your loss

Peter Harker

Sorry to hear this. Lots of fond memories of attending Chapel and his wise words.

Kalyan Voruganti

Sorry to hear. Condolences to you and the family.

Andy Joyce

Sorry for your loss.

Kevin Fillis

Deepest sympathies to you all. He was my maths teacher - many fond memories of how he used to let us listen to music during the lessons.

Geoff Willis

That’s really sad news. Our thoughts are with you

Andrew Flett

Remember him well fondly. My condolences to you and your family

James Bamforth

He will be remembered well. V stimulating teacher. Lots of discussions went on after his lessons for the right reasons... ..we were inspired to think. Sorry to hear your news.

David Carter

A fine man much respected. I have fond memories of conversations about rugby league, specifically Wigan. He had a very positive influence on me.

Mike Evans

Very sorry to hear this, and condolences to you and the family. There will only ever be one “Rev”.

Nigel Sutherland

Sorry for your loss; he was a really genuine guy!

Katie Flay

So sorry to hear this, The Rev was a lovely man. Thinking of you and Vicky at this sad time xx

Martin Maginn

Ah I remember him well sorry to hear about that

Lindey Webb

So sorry for your loss. The Rev was such a lovely man thoughts are with you and your family x

Trudi Shortis

So sorry to hear that, he was a good guy. Thoughts with you all xx

Jonathan Alexander

Sorry to hear of your loss. Remember him well, he was a wonderful man. Thoughts & condolences to you & your family.

Philip White-Jones

I remember him well and indeed have a lovely memory of the school choir going to sing at his installation in the parish he moved to after the college. Sorry for your loss, and may he rest in peace and rise in glory.

Leon Garrett

I have fond memories of this Gentleman. 'The Rev' will always have a place in my heart. Deepest condolences Vicki and family 

Jonathan Atkinson

So sad news….lovely guy and good bloke … condolences to you and your family

Carl Byrne

Sorry for your loss. What a lovely man, the 'Rev Mac'. One of God's best. RIP Rev xxx

Emma Fearnside

So sorry to hear this news. Rev Macaulay was a lovely man. I have fond memories of seeing him striding purposefully to the chapel. RIP Rev.

Mike Corbett

I'm sorry to hear that. I always liked him as a master

Sean Wilkinson

He is home now! I loved my time with your dad. Wigan warriors all the way

Jonathon Hayes

I am very sorry for your loss. The Rev was a true gent all my thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.

Mike Lind

Sorry to hear that. He was a great bloke. My thoughts are with you.

Майк Аймс

My deepest sympathy to you and your family. I have fond memories of your dad's classes, and he was the only teacher who allowed us to bring a tape into class to play on his player when we were doing tasks in class.

Graeme Locke

My deepest condolences to you and all your family. My best memories of cricket away trips and meeting him at Wembley when Widnes played Wigan in the 1993 Challenge Cup Final four years after I’d left the college. May he rest in peace

Daniel Weston

Matt and family, my thoughts are with you at this difficult time; a gent of a man, a great rugby league fan, and my favourite Wiganer RIP Revd Mac

Fond memories of going down to Wembley to watch RL British Lions vs AUS Wallabies

Mike Williams

Sorry to hear that, and remember your Dad with fond memories.

Ben Weston

So sorry for your loss; your Dad was definitely one of the good ones and a genuinely decent bloke. RIP

Jamie Sheridan

Remember him v well. I gave a talk in Chapel as a 6th former, and we had a long discussion about it. Best wishes

Peter Hunt

I remember his entertaining services fondly. I am sorry for your loss.

Sue Poole

Our sympathy and love to you and all the family, Matthew. He was a wonderful man with a great sense of humour. He officiated at our "secret" wedding in the Chapel in 1985, with only your mum and John and Veronique Wood in attendance and Eve and Lydia as bridesmaids. We have many happy memories of times with them both. xx

Phillip Apel

Thoughts and prayers with your family Matt. I remember your Dad very well and fondly: he was such a refreshing influence at College.

Mark Harrington

Sad news, Matt. I'd left by the time your dad joined the staff to replace Reg Beevers. I wonder, though, how many knew that he captained the all-conquering Liverpool Diocesan Clergy XI to a record number of final wins. Some great memories of trips to the Walker Ground in Southgate, London, for those games. You would never have guessed it was a group of clergy who drank the train dry in celebration en route home to Lime Street! Happy days indeed.

My deepest sympathy to you and your family. RIP

Kilsh Rtbi

What a gentleman and a fantastic teacher

Prayers and thoughts are with you all

Thank you, Rev. RIP




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