Great professional wisdom combined with a joyful and childlike simplicity is how Archbishop Derek Worlock of Liverpool summed up the life of Mr Sidney Quick, the former secretary to the National Catholic Fund, who died last week.
The Archbishop was speaking at a Requiem for Mr Quick held on Monday at Our Lady's Church in Fleet, Hampshire.
He paid tribute to the wide range of Mr Quick's work for the Church and said: "It is impossible to list all his activities — with the Catenians, his care for the handicapped, his work with all the financial secretaries for pension schemes and for an interdiocesan insurance scheme, with the Catholic Information Services, the University Chaplaincy at Oxford, church music: there was no end to it.
"And for all the Commissions he was not so much an accountant general as a financial guide and friend."
Later he said: "As Chaucer would have it, 'he was a verray parfit gentil knight'."
Mr Quick was for a time the Grand President of the Catenian Association before becoming secretary to the National Catholic Fund — a post he held for more than ten years. He retired from the job last autumn because of ill health.
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