TOM BELLO

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BELLO TOM BELLO After a lifetime of community and religious service, Tom Bello died peacefully from melanoma in his McLean, VA home, surrounded by his family, at the age of 66. Tom moved to northern Virginia with his wife in 1975 after discontinuing his studies at Yale Law School. He pursued instead both writing and teaching to help underserved communities. For 34 years, he taught adult refugees and immigrants English as a second language, enabling them to improve their lives through better communications skills. qually devoted to spiritual life, Tom studied and trained many years to become a Roman Catholic deacon. Serving in the Arlington Diocese, primarily at St. James, Tom proclaimed the Gospel, offered homilies, baptized children, led Scripture study groups, presided at funerals and marriages, helped distribute food for needy families, and ministered especially to those confined in hospitals, nursing homes, or prisons. A lifelong admirer of St. Francis, Tom joined the Secular Franciscan Order (OFS) to better pursue peace, prayer, and active service to others. He served as National Minister for all North American Secular Franciscans for the last 6 years. Tom earned many honors (eg, Rhodes and Morehead Scholarships and teaching awards), but he most valued helping others. Although imperfect like us all, Tom made service to others the spine of his life. He is survived by his wife, Judy; sons Yeats and Pierce and daughter Jackie; daughters-in-law Alyssa and Justine; grandchildren Julian, Cadence, Rowan, and Parker; and extended family Melissa Hippler; John, Dylan, and Hannah Butler; Kirstin Krudwig; Nathan Williams; and Mark Schoofs. Wakes sharing stories about Tom will be held at 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. on Friday, April 1 at Murphy Funeral Home, 1102 W. Broad St., and a funeral Mass on Saturday, April 2 at 10 a.m. at St. James Catholic Church, 905 Park Ave. (both in Falls Church). To celebrate Tom''s life, you could volunteer to help immigrants, needy families, your faith community, prisoners, patients, or soup kitchens. You also could contribute to or one of Tom''s: Catholic Charities, St. James Catholic Church Social Outreach Committee, OFS, and Cystic Fibrosis Foundation.Wakes sharing stories about Tom will be held at 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. on Friday, April 1 at Murphy Funeral Home, 1102 W. Broad St., and a funeral Mass on Saturday, April 2 at 10 a.m. at St. James Catholic Church, 905 Park Ave. (both in Falls Church). To celebrate Tom''s life, you could volunteer to help immigrants, needy families, your faith community, prisoners, patients, or soup kitchens. You also could contribute to or one of Tom''s: Catholic Charities, St. James Catholic Church Social Outreach Committee, OFS, and Cystic Fibrosis Foundation.

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Published in The Washington Post on Apr. 1, 2016
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