God show you and gave you peace
Your life on earth had reached its lease, your stay in St Teilo’s was full and fair, Filled with love and lots of care.
Rest In Peace. JE
Stephen Morris – Principal of St. Edward’s College, Liverpool – Former parishioner
Our family are heartbroken at the loss of a great friend and a great priest. We first met William when he took up his role as parish priest at Our Lady of Lourdes, Gabalfa; his mix of deep reverence and love for his people was clear from the start. Our lads were altar boys; Rita the wonderful lay organiser of the church along with Fr William encouraged them so much and indulged their many mistakes. Becky and I grew to value Fr William as a friend – his hospitality and a shared sense of humour deepened our bond and we even spent part of a holiday in Italy together. Another time we brought him to Westminster Cathedral with us to hear the Llandaff girl choristers sing Mass – he concelebrated and our boys served the altar.
When we moved away from Cardiff he was one of the few people we kept in touch with. A very private person, he did not discuss much about his diagnosis – someone else’s life was always more interesting to catch up with.
I am glad I was able to arrange for him to say Mass at the shrine of St Edward in Westminster Abbey in 2017, something both of us enjoyed hugely along with my lad Tom and the other Liverpool choristers visiting London for a concert in Westminster Cathedral.
Rest in peace dear Fr William – you will not be forgotten and your ministry with its characteristic humility, humour and sincerity will be valued long beyond your days. It has been such a deep privilege to know you and share part of life’s journey with you, and to pray for you at the end.
May you rest in peace and watch over us with your pastoral care, as you have been doing.
I first came to know Canon Isaac when I was 11-years-old, as a rather skinny first year in Cardinal Newman Comprehensive School in Pontypridd. As a group of new starters everything and everyone was rather strange, but there was one man with a lovely smile that people gravitated toward – that man of course was the then rather young Fr. Isaac, who was Chaplin at the school at the time.
Although my faith has been important to me all of my life, despite ups and some rather deep downs, I was never an altar server, it was something that I just didn’t feel a call towards, I felt I could contribute more as a reader. However, I did serve a Mass once – a lunchtime Mass in the Chapel at Cardinal Newman. And it was at Canon’s asking that I served the Mass (he didn’t have an altar server that day). He asked me because he believed I could do it, I did it because he asked me to do it, almost everyone in the school would’ve done anything for the then Fr. Isaac. His warmth, his humour and his simple humanity was something that everyone appreciated.
More recently of course as our parish priest he has helped me through some more difficult times, including the deaths of both of my parents. Canon officiated at both their Funeral Masses and could not have been more supportive to me and the members of my family. An occasional message out of the blue would make me smile and give both me and my faith huge encouragement.
I will miss his help and guidance, but his smile, love and support more. May God grant him the enteral rest her deserves.
Right Reverend Christopher Foster – Anglican Bishop of Portsmouth
Canon William was a valued member of the English and Welsh Anglican Roman Catholic Committee and we will miss him. Our conversations – and our relaxation – will be the poorer without him.
May he rest in peace, and rise in glory.
Right Revered Robert Byrne CO – Catholic Bishop of Hexham and Newcastle
I am very sad to hear the news of Canon William’s death. I am sure William will be greatly missed in the Welsh church and beyond.
May he rest in peace,
Doral Hayes – Facilitator for Churches Together in Hertfordshire
Canon William had such warmth and humour as well as wisdom and compassion for others experiences. He will be missed by many and I will pray for all those affected by this loss.
Most Reverend Bernard Longley – Catholic Archbishop of Birmingham
I was so sorry to hear about the recent death of Canon William Isaac. Over the last few years Canon William made a really welcome contribution to our dialogue and it was important (as well as enjoyable) to have such insightful and committed input from the Roman Catholic Church in Wales via Canon William.
I have passed on condolences, as well as a personal word of thanks, to Archbishop George Stack in Cardiff.
With my prayers and kindest wishes,
Five years ago I had the privilege of serving at the Chapter Mass which saw Father William Isaac installed as a Canon along with John Kelly, Barry English and Mike Evans, hard to believe that today the same cathedral will be receiving his body before the Requiem Mass, will be watching via the livestream, May he rest in peace.
Although I have not been a part of St Telio’s Parish long I still feel the sadness of Canon Isaac leaving this world. He seemed a very genuine, dedicated and caring parish priest. He was a marvellous speaker, he certainly knew how to hold his audience. I pray that Canon Isaac now finds peace in Heaven RIP.
It is with great sadness that I learnt of the passing on Fanon Isaac on Palm Sunday. I first got to know Canon when he was in the stage of converting from an Anglican priest into the Catholic Faith.
I was working for British Rail Continental in Cardiff station and sometime between 1978-80 two vicars appeared to book tickets to Rome. Upon discussing their journey I discovered it was William Isaac and David Smith who were off to the Beda College for their studies.
I duly booked their travel and wished them all the best for the journey and their studies.
It was not until many years later in 2014 that I met up with the now Fr. William when he took over as parish priest at St. Teilo’s with Our Lady of Lourdes. His first words to me were that he remembered me booking his travel to Rome at the start of his priestly life in the Catholic faith. I joked that I must have done it right as he got there safely without any issues. He complimented me on my job which I thought was very nice.
From 2014 until March 2020 when we were forced to lockdown, it was a great privilege to serve Canon in his duties as a priest in two ways, either as a musician at the 630pm masses on Sundays or as a server. Canon liked his traditions and would always ask me to play a Marian hymn in May and October and his dedication to some of the traditions in the mass took me back to when I was a young server.
Canon was a very humble and private man yet he could engage in very interesting conversations. He loved his faith and the sheer delight he got in helping his flock and taking the Blessed Sacrament to the sick was evident in his demeanour. He will be sadly missed but I am sure he is it at eternal peace now.
Lisa and Dave Evans
Fr. Canon William Isaac, home with the Lord now. In heaven with an angel’s wings watching over him. In the name of Jesus Christ our Lord. May he rest in peace.
I will always remember Canon Isaac’s homilies. They often related to experiences or events in his life. Which meant you were able to reflect on your own experiences.
On an occasion he visited my mother at home, he was greeted by the family dog who insisted on rounding him up and checking him out. I tried to be the dog on the lead so Canon could walk into the house but the dog was too quick. But still went round and round Canon’s legs as he walked into the house. Canon saying, “it will be okay”. Once safely seated in the house the dog sat by his feet. Looking up lovingly.
Canon then recalled a story of as a young boy sitting at the kitchen table in shorts. His family dog would come and lick his knees.” It might be because he loved me he said or might be the treats. But it was unconditional love.”. The dog sat there throughout the visit. Then as he left the dog started to round him up again trying to keep him there.
The Canon’s stories would always make you smile. His actions showed how much he cared about the parish and people of the parish. He will be missed, his work is done, may he rest in peace.
Margaret Ellmes – Whitchurch, Rhiwbina & Birchgrove Worship
I am writing on behalf of Whitchurch Rhiwbina & Birchgrove Worship to say how Canon Isaac’s presence will be missed when we make our yearly November visit to at St Teilo’s. Canon was always so very welcoming and happy that W.R.B. Worship was once again visiting St Teilo’s. His words after his usual welcome were ‘my this year has certainly gone quickly’. Canon will be remembered by us for his interest in our Ecumenical Worship; for his welcome, and the smile on his face when he greeted us. He was A True Christian Gentleman who has now passed to Higher Service and is with His Lord.
From the congregation of the Mass in Welsh at St Teilo’s
We are greatly saddened by the death of Canon Isaac. He invited the Welsh Mass here several years ago and offered us a very warm welcome. We shall miss his prayerful care, his gentle nature and his lively humour.
Y Canon William Isaac, Offeiriad Plwyf Eglwys Teilo Sant
Gyda thristwch mawr y clywson ni, gynulleidfa Gymraeg Eglwys Teilo Sant, fod y Canon William Isaac wedi marw ar Sul y Blodau.
Ar ei wahoddiad e y daeth yr Offeren i’r eglwys hon dros bum mlynedd yn ôl ac fe gawsom groeso twymgalon ganddo. Byddai’n gadael popeth yn barod i ni ar brynhawn Sul ac yn aml yn taro heibio gyda chyfarchiad hwylus i wneud yn siŵr fod popeth yn iawn ar ein cyfer. Roedd e wrth ei fodd llynedd pan ddaeth ein tro ni i wahodd Dydd Gweddi’r Byd i Eglwys Teilo Sant. Rhoddodd bob cefnogaeth i ni, ac ymfalchïo yn y naws hyfryd a grëwyd yn y gwasanaeth. Roedd wrth ei fodd hefyd pan ddeuai cyfle i ddathlu Dydd Gŵyl Dewi gydag Offeren Gymraeg yn yr eglwys, ac aelodau eglwysi Cymraeg y ddinas yn ymuno â ni.
Byddwn yn gweld eisiau ei ofal gweddigar, ei gymeriad addfwyn a’i hiwmor direidus. Gorffwysed mewn hedd.