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Joseph Charles McDermott

1932 - 2016 Obituary Condolences
Joseph Charles McDermott Obituary
August 1, 1932 - December 2, 2016 Our beloved "Papa Joe" is in heaven now. His 6 children: Mary, Kate, Julia (Mike), Michael (Milana), Liz and John (Mara) laid him to rest Dec. 10 at Holy Cross Cemetery. His 3 siblings and 18 grandchildren, and their families and friends, and his 14 great-grandchildren, will miss him terribly. Papa Joe was a man who walked the walk of service, working with the homeless handing out sandwiches and giving the coat off his back to many. He was a patient listener with a 34-year ministry in AA helping thousands of people find and keep sobriety. He was devoted to the Rosary. The next time a suffering person crosses your path do not turn or walk away. Instead, follow Papa Joe's way and make the person feel welcome, look them in the eye, say hello, how are you today, and offer your hand. Remain quiet and wait patiently in silent communion. Let them take the lead, then respond with action. Gifts in Dad's memory can be made to Marycrest, www.marycrestculvercity.com. Please send condolences to Julia McDermott, 312 Otis St., Santa Cruz, CA 95060 or [email protected]
Published in the Los Angeles Times on Dec. 18, 2016
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