Word has come of the death Monday of John Tobin, a friend from my hometown of McDonald, PA. He was only 74.
Soft-spoken and generous, John was a true gentle-man.
While I knew John as a child and a teenager, I came to know him well as an adult through activities at our parish, St. Alphonsus Church.
John had been a member of St. Alphonsus' parish council and was an acolyte at funeral Masses. But, in actuality, he did so much more for the parish over the years -- quietly lending a hand in many anonymous capacities.
I also knew John through the McDonald Lions Club, a fraternal organization dedicated to community service with a special emphasis on serving the blind. He was the kind of Lion that makes the organization work -- through faithful attendance at the regular gatherings and always volunteering at special fundraisers and events.
Please keep John's wife, Roberta, his children, grandchildren and all of his family members and friends in your prayers. His passing leaves a void and he will be missed.
From the prayers at end of the funeral Mass:
May the angels lead you into paradise,
may the martyrs come to welcome you,
and take you to the holy city,
the new and eternal Jerusalem.