Allen, Rev. Richard J. age 64, died Aug. 22, 2007, at home following a long illness. Born in IL to the late Jane Margaret and Oscar Allen. He was a graduate of St. Bernard's Seminary in Rochester, NY, where he was awarded his master of divinity degree. He was ordained to the priesthood May 30, 1970, for service in the Diocese of St. Petersburg and served the parishes of St. John Vianney, St. Pete Beach; St. Mary, St. Petersburg; St. Vincent de Paul, Holiday; Cathedral of the Epiphany, Venice; St. Frances Xavier Cabrini, Spring Hill; Good Shepherd, Tampa; and St. Matthew, Largo. Father Allen was a licensed Florida mental health therapist. Survivors include a brother, Thomas J. Allen and his wife, Judy; stepsister, Nancy Harwood Bulk; nephew, Thomas J. Allen II; nieces, Rebecca D. Harman and Lynn A. Rose. Reception of the body and visitation will take place Tuesday, Aug. 28, 2007, beginning at 9:30 am, at Light of Christ Catholic Church, 2176 Marilyn Street, Clearwater. The Funeral Mass will be celebrated at 11 am. Burial will follow at Sylvan Abbey Memorial Park, Clearwater. Moss Feaster Funeral Home Belcher Road Chapel Clearwater, FL 562-2070
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Published in the Tampa Bay Times on Aug. 25, 2007