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Fr. Paul Locatelli 1938-2010

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Thanks Paul, Ciao

Tuesday, Jul. 20, 2010

This has been a sad and difficult week. My (our) friend Paul Locatelli passed away on Monday, July 12 and was laid to rest on Saturday. We all knew his illness had progressed very rapidly, and he was going to be called to Heaven much too soon. But I like so many others, wasn't prepared when it happened so quickly. So many accolades have been said, so many memories have been shared, so many things go unsaid. How do you express the gratitude, admiration and love you felt both for and from Paul. I have struggled with this dilemma all week. Then I remembered a situation from my mother's funeral. One of my brothers (I have several) said with a sense of awe "I always thought mom loved me best, I never knew each of you felt the same way." And this week I realized that was the impact Paul had on so many people, we all thought he loved us best. At the funeral I told the story to Lynne (Paul's niece), and she responded "he did". Thank you Paul, we all (your family, brother Jesuits and your friends) loved you best. We will miss you terribly, but always be terribly grateful for having known you.