Hugely popular Perth charity worker Father Brian Morrison has died aged 76.

The Catholic priest, who had been battling terminal cancer, died at St John of God Hospital in Subiaco where he had been for more than a month.

Premier Colin Barnett described the tireless welfare worker as “a face of compassion and caring” while Opposition Leader Eric Ripper praised his ability to reach out to an entire community.

Born in Malvern in Melbourne, Father Brian came to WA 37 years ago to develop the Catholic Church’s Crisis Care centre.

The charity regularly distributes tonnes of food to needy West Australians, many of whom live on the streets.

On 30 occasions, Father Brian travelled to the scenes of natural disasters and humanitarian crises including Bangladesh, Belarus, Cambodia, Croatia, East Timor, Iraq and the aftermath of the 2004 Asian tsunami.

He also travelled four times in 16 years to the Ukraine during the fallout from the Chernobyl disaster, where he suspected he came into contact with contaminated food which may have led to his cancer.

The affable priest was a popular figure at Ascot and Belmont Racecourses in his capacity as the Perth Racing chaplain.

In his final years Father Brian spoke of his satisfaction at having trained "magnificent young people at the Crisis Care Centre to hand it on to so the work will continue".

The West Australian

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