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Cath Pic Jubilee Issue-1 February

His Honour Judge John Morgan, retired Circuit Judge, former Chair of the Metropolitan Cathedral Choir Association, Cathedral reader, Old Edwardian and Chair of Governors at St Edward’s College from 1987-1995, died on Sunday 8 November aged 86.


John Ambrose Morgan was born on 22 September 1934.  He was educated at St Edward's College before studying at the University of Liverpool where he graduated with a Bachelor of Law degree.  He served his National Service as a junior technician in the Royal Air Force from 1958 to 1960 during which time he spent twelve months in Hong Kong.  He practiced as a solicitor until he was affiliated to Gray's Inn, London and was a Barrister at Law from 1970 to 1990 before becoming a Circuit Judge on the Northern Circuit.  He retired from the Circuit Bench in 2003.


He was a past President of Liverpool Athenaeum, Liverpool Rugby Club, Sefton Park Cricket Club, and a member of the Bentley Operatic Society.


John captained the 1st XI cricket team at St Edward’s College and joined Sefton Cricket Club in 1951 making his 1st XI début in 1953.  He retired in 1981.  He also played cricket for the RAF and the Combined Services in 1960.  He was also a member of the 1st XV rugby team and School Prefect at St Edwards.  An enthusiastic golfer, John was a member of Woolton Golf Club.


He was a great supporter of the Metropolitan Cathedral Choir and the Judge Morgan Cup for Head Chorister is presented each year in appreciation of his contribution.  His love of music made him an enthusiastic member of the Bentley Operatic Society where he sang in their productions and his wit and wisdom made him a renowned after-dinner speaker.


John married Rosalie Tyson in 1970 and they had two sons, Matthew and Ben.

His Funeral took place at Our Lady of the Annunciation, Bishop Eton in line with Covid restrictions.

Obituary of Judge John Morgan

He was a great supporter of the Metropolitan Cathedral Choir