The Rev. Msgr. Thomas J. Birch, 80, died Friday at Holy Family Villa, Bethlehem.
Born in Philadelphia, he was a son of the late Thomas J. Sr. and Margaret D. (Chepigan) Birch.
Ordained on May 7, 1959, he served numerous pastoral assignments and educational positions in the Diocese of Allentown, including being a former pastor of St. Peter the Fisherman Catholic Church, Lake Harmony.
Surviving are four siblings, two brothers-in-law and nieces and nephews.