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Cormack had many such problems to worry him.
A few years ago he underwent a very serious operation. but made a splendid recovery and eventually returned to the full direction of the diocese. Last year, however, it was found necessary for him to enter hospital and after a while he was moved to a nursing home, St. Catherine's, Newcastle, where he died on Sunday morning.
Educated at Ushaw College, and Louvain University, Bishop McCormack. who was born at Broadway,Worcester. in 1887, was outstanding despite a quiet and somewhat diffident air.
After his ordination he was appointed secretary to Bishop Collins, a post he held for about I I years when he also acted as secretary to Bishop Thorman, Bishop Collins' successor, until 1927 when he became first parish priest of the then new parish of St. Teresa's at Heaton, Newcastle. and he was not there long before he built the church and the school.
In 1929 he was appointed VicarGeneral and in 1930 he became Administrator at St. Mary's Cathedral, and four years later he became Canon Theologian to the Chapter. While at the Cathedral he carried out extensive work on the Cathedral itself in the form of renovation, and alterations to the presbytery. while at St. Mary's and St. Aloysius' schools much work was done.
In October 1936 following the death of Bishop Thurman he was appointed Vicar-Capitular of the diocese, and in January he was appointed Bishop by His Holiness the Pope. and was duly consecrated by Archbishop Downey the following month when nearly all the civic bodies of both Durham and Northumberland were present at St. Mary's Cathedral where the Lord Mayor of Newcastle attended in state.
Afterwards. over 2,000 people attended a reception of the new Bishop in the City Hall.
Last year when his health was giving concern, Mgr. James Cunningham, of Salford. was consecrated Bishop of Jos, in St. Mary's Cathedral and was appointed Auxiliary Bishop of Hexhatn and Newcastle.
Thousands of people visited the Cathedral on Wednesday, and prayed as the body of the Bishop lay in state.
On Wednesday morning there had been a Requeim Mass attended by the children. Throughout the day men kept watch and said the Rosary until the Solemn Dirge in the evening.
Yesterday, Thursday, following Solemn Pontifical Requiem Mass the interment took place at his Lordship's Alma Mater, Ushaw College.