FATHER CAMILLO "CAM" TIRABASSI
1931 - 2021
BORN
1931
DIED
2021
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South Bend, IN
90, passed away on July 10, 2021 in South Bend, Indiana. Fr. Cam was born on February 25, 1931 to Camillo and Angelica (Minillo) Tirabassi in Cleveland, Ohio. He grew up in the Italian neighborhood surrounding Holy Redeemer Church on the eastside of Cleveland, where he developed a great love for baseball and the Cleveland Indians. While attending Holy Redeemer Grade School, he was inspired by his active and involved parish priests to answer Christ's call to the priesthood. Because the Diocese of Cleveland had numerous vocations, he was encouraged to finish his seminary education with the Diocese of Fort Wayne - South Bend. Fr. Cam was ordained on May 30, 1959 at the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception in Fort Wayne, Indiana. Following his ordination, his assignments in the Diocese of Fort Wayne - South Bend included Chaplain for the Catholic Youth Organization (CYO) Summer Camp, Assistant at St. Joseph Church in Fort Wayne, Fort Wayne Deanery Moderator of CYO, Pastor of St. John Bosco Church and Immaculate Conception Missions Church, Pastor at Queen of Peace Church in Mishawaka, Corpus Christi Church in South Bend and served on the St. Joseph High School Board of Education. He spent his retirement residing at Holy Family Church and St. Hedwig Church in South Bend. Fr. Cam had a lifelong love for and dedication to mentoring young people and his Italian heritage. Throughout his life, he maintained strong connections with his hometown of Cleveland, his family and his home parish Holy Redeemer. He also maintained a lifelong friendship with Fr. James Grandillo and Msgr. Frank Manieri, who also grew up at Holy Redeemer. In his priestly ministry, making connections with people was at the center of his efforts. He was devoted to praying the Mass and the Rosary, and to the Blessed Mother, Eucharistic Adoration and the Sacrament of Confession. Fr. Cam repaid his mother's love for him by caring for her in his own home during her final years. In his love for food, friendship, athletics and faith, Fr. Cam found an opportunity to connect people to God. He was a faithful priest who used the gifts God gave him to minister to people in body and soul. In 2019, Fr. Cam marked his 60th Anniversary of Ordination by celebrating Mass with many priests and over 700 in attendance. Fr. Cam will be greatly missed by the thousands of parishioners, students and friends whose lives he touched throughout his many decades of service. He is survived by many loving nieces, nephews and cousins. He was preceded in death by his parents, Camillo and Angelica (Minillo) Tirabassi, brothers Alfred (Rita) Tirabassi, Nicholas (Monda) Tirabassi and Louis (Gena Kusa) Tirabassi and sisters, Elizabeth (Louis) DiDonato and Mary (Steve) Pilar. A visitation and Mass will be held in South Bend, Indiana on July 20-21, 2021, with arrangements made by Kaniewski Funeral Home. A visitation and Mass will take place on Friday, July 23, 2021 at Holy Redeemer Catholic Church in Cleveland, Ohio, where a visitation will be held from 9:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. and Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 11:00 a.m. Burial at All Souls Cemetery will follow. Memorial contributions may be made Holy Redeemer Catholic Church in Cleveland, Ohio. To send online condolences, please visit kaniewski.com. The Mass of Christian Burial in South Bend on Wednesday, July 21, 2021 at 12:00 p.m. will be livestreamed on the Corpus Christi Church Facebook page. The Mass of Christian Burial in Cleveland on Friday, July 23, 2021 at 11:00 a.m. will be livestreamed at: https://www.facebook.com/Holy-Redeemer-Church-Collinwood-Cleveland-Ohio-110673168951760/. To read Fr. Cam's full obituary, please visit kaniewski.com. DiCicco & Sons Funeral Home is in charge of local arrangements.
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Published by The Plain Dealer from Jul. 17 to Jul. 18, 2021.
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20
Rosary
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3545 North Bendix Drive, South Bend, IN
Jul
20
Visitation
2:00p.m. - 4:00p.m.
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3545 North Bendix Drive, South Bend, IN
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20
Prayer Service
4:00p.m.
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3545 North Bendix Drive, South Bend, IN
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20
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5:00p.m. - 7:00p.m.
Kaniewski Funeral Homes
3545 North Bendix Drive, South Bend, IN
Jul
20
Vigil
7:00p.m.
Kaniewski Funeral Homes
3545 North Bendix Drive, South Bend, IN
Jul
21
Visitation
9:00a.m. - 11:45a.m.
Corpus Christi Church
, IN
Jul
21
Mass of Christian Burial
12:00p.m.
Corpus Christi Church
, IN
Jul
23
Visitation
9:00a.m. - 11:00a.m.
Holy Redeemer Catholic Church in Cleveland
, Cleveland, OH
Jul
23
Mass of Christian Burial
11:00a.m.
Holy Redeemer Catholic Church in Cleveland
, Cleveland, OH
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My sympathies to the nieces, nephews and cousins of Father Cam. I attended St. Joseph from 1st thru 8th grade and Fr Cam was one of three priests serving our parish. He was the youngest at that time and treated us with kindness. He was the most progressive priest, in my opinion, and he encouraged critical thinking about not only our religion and faith, but for all things in life. He was a good man with a genuine sense of humor too. Once after answering one of his questions incorrectly, he made me do 10 pushups in front of the class. He, and all the the teachers at St. Joseph, the Sisters of St. Agnes, were wonderful. They were as they say, the Saints that walk among us. And I am very grateful for having had them as our teachers. John Simonis ([email protected])
John Simonis
School
July 30, 2021
May God bless Father Cam and grant him eternal peace. What a blessing it was to be one of many students who received 8 yrs of quality education while attending St. Joseph Catholic School in Fort Wayne in the 1960's. Father Cam's service and care for students will always live on in our memories as a special part of those grade school days.
Diane Weating (Huntington)
School
July 22, 2021
My brothers and I used to serve Mass for Father Cam at St. Joseph in Fort Wayne. Occasionally, he would take us out to eat and introduced us to the Spagetti Bowl in Fort Wayne. Later, he helped concelebrate at each of our Weddings. He was a very good priest.
Michael Landrigan
Friend
July 19, 2021
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