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Fr.Tom O'Dea

IMG_2098 The death has taken place of Fr. Tom O'Dea, Assistant Priest in Ballynacally/Lissycasey Parish. Fr Tom was born on 16th December 1933 in Newmarket-on-Fergus, Co. Clare.  He was ordained a priest for the Diocese of Tucson, Arizona on 7th June 1958.

  He was a past pupil of St Flannan’s College, Ennis and he studied for the priesthood at St Patrick's College, Carlow.

Fr. Tom served in various parishes in Tucson Diocese and later in Phoenix Diocese including St. Thomas the Apostle Parish in Phoenix, Queen of Peace Parish in Mesa, St. Anthony of Padua Parish Casa Grande, St. Francis Parish in Superior, St. Patrick Parish in Bisbee, St. John Vianney Parish in Goodyear, St. Matthew Parish in Phoenix, Christ the King Parish in Mesa and Holy Spirit Parish in Tempe.  He retired after serving as pastor of Ascension Parish in Fountain Hills in 2003.

After his return to Ireland he served as Assistant Priest in the Parish of Ballynacally/Lissycasey, Co. Clare.

He died peacefully at his home in Ballycorick on Saturday 2nd January 2016.

Fr. Tom is survived by his brother Dr. Dominic (Dommie), Toronto, sisters, Evelyn Flanagan, Ballinasloe, Phyllis O’Halloran, Cashel, pre-deceased by brothers, John and Patrick, Newmarket on Fergus and sister, Irene Neylon, Ballyea.  Deeply regretted and sadly missed by his sisters, brother, brothers in law, sisters in law, nephews, nieces, extended family and many friends, colleagues in the Killaloe and Phoenix USA Diocese and parishioners in Ballynacally/Lissycasey.

Suaimhneas síoraí tabhair dó a Thiarna, agus go lonraí solas suthain air. 

Reposing in the Church of Christ the King, Ballycorick, Ballynacally on this Tuesday evening, 5th January 2016 from 4.00 pm to 8.00 pm with Funeral Prayers at 8.00 pm.  Funeral Mass on Wednesday 6th January 2016 at 2.00 pm.  The burial will take place in the Church grounds after the Funeral Mass.

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