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Fr. John G. Parish

Posted By Hall-Wynne On July 23, 2007 @ 12:00 am In Obituaries | No Comments

WAKE FOREST: The Reverend John Gerard Parish, 49, died unexpectedly Monday at his residence. John was born July 1, 1958 in Waukegan, IL to Harold A. and the late Anna K. Merkwan Parish. He was raised in Oxnard, CA and graduated from Oxnard High School. John was active in scouting, becoming an Eagle Scout and a member of the Order of the Arrow. A 1980 graduate of St. John

Condolences for the family of “Fr. John G. Parish”

Condolence from Barbara McHugh on July 25th, 2007 12:00 am

This is such a tremendous loss to the St. Catherine of Siena community. Father John has been with us for just over a year and it seemed to be such a great match. He cared about his Lord, his church, and his parishners wholeheartedly. As he said many times, we are a family. While we know he is rejoicing in Heaven, his passing is very sad and he will be missed.

Condolence from Janelle Murray on July 25th, 2007 12:00 am

I met Fr. John when he was working part-time at the Disney Store. He is so full of joy and love for everyone and will be missed terribly. His love and care for people will always be remembered. I know he is looking down on all of us and will be our guardian angel when we are in need.

Condolence from JImmy Murray on July 25th, 2007 12:00 am
Condolence from Jo Ann and Ray Sauter on July 25th, 2007 12:00 am

It was such an honor to know you, laugh with you, cry with you, pray with you, just being with you. You have brought so much joy to “JUST US” and you were the strong bond that kept us together ALL these 25+years. You know us inside and out, and have shared such beautiful memories with us. We thank you for that and we will ALWAYS have you in our hearts. Please keep JUST US in yours and protect us always. Our prayers go with your Dad, Michelle and Mary. Keep them close and watch over them always. We love you forever.

Condolence from Ray Sauter on July 25th, 2007 12:00 am

We can not let this tragic event pass and let his memory fade into the distant past. We need to turn all of this negative energy into something positive for Fr. John, he at least deserves that if not a whole lot more.


Condolence from JoAnn Dickens on July 25th, 2007 12:00 am

Fr. John has been in my life since before I was born. He has guided me through everything I’ve ever been through. I can’t imagine living the rest of my life without him. My mind is flooded with happy memories of him that only make me cry. He was by far the best man I’ve ever known and I hope his memory will live on forever. We will never forget you or all that you have done. I love you Uncle John.

Condolence from The McPherson Family on July 26th, 2007 12:00 am

We feel blessed to have had Fr John in our lives. Our whole family is saddened to lose him so early. With every mass, I felt such a connection to him. Even though he was not with us nearly long enough, we will feel his loss for a very long time.
Our thoughts and prayers are with Fr John and his family.

Condolence from Patrick Comstock on July 26th, 2007 12:00 am

Although I never met Father John, I work closely with his sister Michelle. Michelle and I used to sit next to each other at work, and I remember how great she felt when talking with her brother on the telephone. I could tell from their conversations that he had a great sense of humor, and probably did not take life too seriously. I can sense how devistating his loss has been to his family and friends, and I know he will be missed deeply.

Condolence from Jim/Evangeline Boyd on July 26th, 2007 12:00 am

As former parishoners of St. Raphael Catholic Church in Raleigh we were saddened to hear of Fr. John’s untimely death. We will always remember his outburst of energy as he greeted everyone. His display of Mickey Mouse shirts, etc. became his trademark as being a fun-loving person. He will be missed.

Condolence from Kotynski Family on July 26th, 2007 12:00 am

Father John was a dear man who was always jolly. He had a great love and passion for the children of our community at St Catherine of Siena. Our son was baptized by him in the Fall ’06 and I am saddened that he will not get a chance to get to know the great man Fr John was, who he’d try and give a high-5 to now and then. He left us early, but God must have had another mission for him to take up in the heavens, maybe something with his Mom. We know that he will be watching over all of us, he touched many lives here in North Carolina. Can’t look at a Disney character or a Mickey specifically and not think of Father John. He brought a new spirit to our growing community. Father John made everyone feel comfortable. He will be missed dearly by all. Our condolences go out to his family.

Condolence from Thomas F.Daly on July 26th, 2007 12:00 am

We are truly saddened,at Fr,Johns sudden passing.He was our friend our confidant,and our loving priest.Words cannot express our sense of deep personal loss.We will pray every day for him,his family,FR.Bryum and all of our fellow parishners.Goodbye our good and faithful friend.We are unconsoable.

Tom & Violet

Condolence from Rev. Jon F. Majarucon V.F. Pastor on July 26th, 2007 12:00 am

I am terribly saddened by the untimely death of such a good Pastor, priest, classmate and friend. He, his family and beloved Parishioners will remain in my thoughts and prayers. God speed my friend.

Condolence from Melissa Lowrie on July 26th, 2007 12:00 am

I had the wonderful pleasure of working with Fr. John at The Disney Store. He was a wonderful, thoughtful person who knew that life was to be embraced and enjoyed. His committment to his church was evident in all conversations and he was an example to others. Our deepest sympathies go out to his family during this time.

Melissa, Michael, Josh and Rebecca Lowrie

Condolence from Ivette Colon on July 26th, 2007 12:00 am

My deepest condolences. Thinking of Father John puts a smile on my face and a twinkle I my eyes. I have great admiration for him as a great communicator, faithful christian and friend, lively and joyful. He transmitted the Lord’s love. He touched my soul.

Condolence from Carol and Dan Steltz on July 27th, 2007 12:00 am

We were both shocked and saddened by the untimely death of Fr. John. He served us for a short but memorable time as our Pastor. May his soul and all the souls of the faithful departed rest in peace.

Condolence from josie mcquiston on July 27th, 2007 12:00 am
Condolence from barbara ambrosio on July 27th, 2007 12:00 am

Fr.John was a special person and he will be missed yet his wonderful memories will be reflected upon often!
Michael & Barbara Ambrosio

Condolence from ROBERT AND GAIL RILEY on July 29th, 2007 12:00 am

Fr John was new to St Catherine’s when we were so right off we had something in common. We moved here from Vermont hoping we could find a priest we could relate to,it did not take us long the minute we met him we knew what a wonderful person he was. We will miss him but he will always be with us in our hearts they say when someone dies we gain an angel. Fr John we will never forget that smile you were an inspiration to all who knew you. We thank God for sending us such a wonderful priest even though you were not with us long you made an lasting impression we will nver forget you.

Condolence from Nancy A. Cramer on July 30th, 2007 12:00 am

I don’t know where to begin. Fr. John was “love of life” personified. I will never forget him, and I am so grateful for the time he had with St. Catherine’s parish. If there is a “joy” meter in Heaven, it went up 100 per cent when Fr. John arrived.

Condolence from william and kimberly andersen on August 14th, 2007 12:00 am

Father John always spoke with a smile. He is greatly missed. The Andersens

Condolence from Kenneth Swakopf on August 14th, 2007 12:00 am
Condolence from Chris & Kathleen Varner on August 15th, 2007 12:00 am

Thank you Father John for being a light to us all and showing us that our journey into our spirituality can be fun & enlightening.

Condolence from mr michael canzoneri on August 18th, 2007 12:00 am

I am truly lost over father john. I never felt so bad of his death. only knowing father for a year. I have been an usher and every sunday I would see him I would say hello john, he didnt want me to call him father. I am a little older than he, I thought that it was speceial of him to say that. I talked to him after the 7:30 mass the day before his death and I never thought that a wonderful man such as he would be called to god. I will truly miss him and always keep him in my prayers. Sincerely Mr M. Canzoneri

Condolence from Kathi Lucas on August 20th, 2007 12:00 am

Fr John was our Pastor here at St. Matthew in Durham for a number of years. We missed him greatly when he was transfered to St. Catherine last July, but knew the people there would love him as much as we did at St. Matthew. John always had a joke or a smile – he loved children and sometimes was like a big child himself. One of my best memories of him is from our annual Parish Picnics where John drove the lawn tractor towing a small trailer filled with little children, while serving as the leader of the children’s bike parade. He had a great time and so did all the children. God surely works in mysterious ways to take a fine man so early. He is a big loss to his parish, and to his family. Our sincere condolences to John’s father and sisters.

Kathi and David Lucas

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