Bishop Michael served as Bishop of Warrington for twenty years from 1976 to 1996 serving alongside Bishop David Sheppard.
His Funeral Eucharist will be at 12pm on February 18th at St Nicholas Cathedral, Newcastle Upon Tyne. All will be welcome to pay their respects
The Bishop of Liverpool, Bishop Paul Bayes said "I am sorry to hear this news today. Bishop Michael had a long, distinguished ministry here in our diocese. His faithful ministry and dedicated support was an inspiration to many. I hope you will join me in offering our prayers and condolences to Nicholas, Caroline and the rest of the family. May Michael rest in peace and rise in glory."
A statement from his son, Nicholas is below.
Michael died very peacefully today, and Caroline and I were both with him. I realise that this will come as a shock to people who may not even been aware that Michael had left Sleights. Following his admission to hospital and broken hip last autumn, he moved to live near my sister, Caroline, in Northumberland.
Although he was quite confused and unwell, Michael was still communicating with people up to 10 days ago. And although his decline over the last week has been rapid, he has been physically comfortable and pain free. Sitting with him over the last few days, it has been clear that he was simply wearing out.
The Funeral Eucharist is planned to be celebrated at St Nicholas' Cathedral, Newcastle upon Tyne at 12 noon on Saturday, 18 February. There are excellent transport links to Newcastle and the cathedral is a short walk from the railway station.
Everyone is warmly welcome to come and celebrate Michael's twenty years as a parish priest in Bridlington, Micklehurst and Altrincham; his twenty years as Bishop of Warrington; his fifty two years of marriage to Steve, who died six years' ago; and the robust family life that we three children have shared in over five and a half decades.