His awards and achievements include Executive Director Emeritus of the Florida Catholic Conference; Knight Commander of the Equestrian Order of the Holy Sepulchre (a Roman Catholic Order of Knighthood under the protection of the Holy See); Pro Ecclesia Pontifice Award (for the Church and the Pope); The Papal Knight of St. Gregory (a highly respected Catholic lay award issued by the Vatican); The Thomas A. Horkan, Jr., Distinguished Catholic Leader Award (created by the Florida Bishops in his honor).
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Tom Horkan loved dearly and strongly supported his family, his parish, his Church, his friends and those in need. His wisdom and wit were beyond measure. He is preceded in death by his wife, Chris, his daughter, Jacque; and his brothers, William Horkan and Michael Horkan. Survivors include son, Tom Horkan, III (with his wife, Patricia) from Atlanta, GA; son Tim Horkan (with his wife, Lisa, and their son A.J.), from Jacksonville, FL; daughter Louise Hays (with her husband, Mark, and their children, Christina, Mark, Jr., Christopher and Ricky) from Tallahassee, FL; Tom's sister, Patricia Johnson (with her husband, Parvin, and their children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren) from Colorado; and his brother, Louis Horkan (and his children and grandchildren) from Tampa, Florida.
The family is particularly grateful to those who loved and cared for Tom in his final years, including Dr. Jesse Judelle, Mrs. Adline Henderson, the staff at Allegro, the staff at Hopewell Home Healthcare, the staff at Big Bend Hospice, Rita Rewiski, Eucharistic ministers from Good Shepherd Catholic Church, and so many others.
There will be a reception of the body and prayer vigil at Good Shepherd Catholic Church on Monday, August 20 at 6:00 PM; visitation with the family will follow in the Parish Community Center and will conclude with praying of the rosary at 9:00 PM. Archbishop Thomas Wenski of Miami will be the principal celebrant of the Mass of Christian burial at 11:00 on Tuesday, August 21. A reception at the Parish Community Center and graveside burial and Culley's Meadowwood on Timberlane Road in Tallahassee will follow.
In lieu of flowers, contributions can be made to Good Shepherd Catholic Church, the PHI Center, Open Door Women's Clinic, Serra International, Trinity Catholic School or the Lighthouse of the Big Bend (an agency serving those with vision loss.) All these organizations reside in Tallahassee, Florida.In addition, the Red Cloud Indian School on the Pine Ridge Reservation in South Dakota .Condolences may be sent to www.culleysmeadowwoodfuneral.com.
Published in Tallahassee Democrat on Aug. 18, 2012