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Fr. Paul Locatelli 1938-2010

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Convenience Store Cashier

Monday, Sep. 13, 2010

I remember how personable Fr. Locatelli was. Every so often he would man the register on certain evenings, at the convenience store in downstairs Benson. I think it was called "Down Under." Back then I was easily intimidated meeting someone of his authority in such a casual environment. Yet he was surprisingly approachable... Years later I saw him again at a conference, and again he was inspiring as a mentor and yet very easy to talk to as a peer. He even remembered me. I feel blessed to have met him, and thankful for all he did to shape the school that shaped my life. The world is a better place for the leadership he gave to all associated with the Santa Clara community. In a planet full of people, one person is merely a drop of water into the vast sea, yet Fr. Locatelli's drop of water made a measurable difference in elevating the quality of the world's "oceans." He will be missed, but can never be forgotten. His legacy will live on in the lives of all those who go after him.