Parish mourns eloquent priest

Popular Catholic priest Father Les Campion, of Granville's Holy Trinity Catholic Church, has died.

Father Campion, who received a papal award from the Vatican in 2011, the Cross Pro Ecclesia et Pontifice 2011 to mark his 61 years in the priesthood, died on Sunday at 4.30pm at the Rosary Village at Yennora.

His funeral will be held on March 25 at the Holy Trinity Church at 11am.

Father Campion was parish priest at Holy Trinity Parish Granville from 1975 until his retirement in 2007.

He also served as chairman of the board for Marian Nursing Home at North Parramatta for several years. It was established by the diocese of Parramatta in 1970.

Father Campion was known for the pastoral care he gave at the 1977 Granville rail disaster, when a train from Mount Victoria derailed at the Bold Street Bridge and killed 83 people and seriously injured 213.

A member of his congregation recalled an eloquent speaker with a great sense of humour who loved the NRL and whose favourite team was the Eels.

"He never took a holiday and whenever someone called him, day or night, he would be there for them."

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