Cleveland, where he remained for 10 years until his retirement in November 2000.
Fr Joseph Lennon was born on August 5, 1921. He died on May 13, 2007, aged 85.
Joseph Lennon was born in Borris, County Carlow, and studied for the priesthood at St Kieran's College, Kilkenny. He was ordained a priest on June 9, 1946, at St Mary's, 1Cilkenny, by Bishop Collier.
Fr Lennon served as an assistant priest in five parishes in the Diocese of Hexham and Newcastle: St Andrew's, Newcastle upon Tyne (1946-59); St Joseph's in Hartlepool, Cleveland (1959-62); St Cuthbert's in New Seaham, Co Durham (1962-64); St Pius X in Consett, Co Durham (1964-65); and St Hilda's in Sunderland, Tyne and Wear (1965-69).
In 1969 he was appointed priest in charge of the new parish of Sacred Heart in Sunderland, Tyne and Wear, and appointed its parish priest the following month, where he remained for nine years.
He then became parish priest of St Patrick's in Ryhope, Sunderland, and then parish priest of St Thomas of Canterbury in Morpeth, Northumberland, until he retired in July 2000 to live at St Joseph's Home, Little Sisters of the Poor, Newcastle upon Tyne.