Death of Fr Thomas Columba Gaine
06 Oct 2010
Death of Rev Fr Thomas Columba Gaine, RIP
It is with sadness that we report the death of Fr Thomas (Tom) Columba Gaine of the Archdiocese of Perth.
Fr Gaine, who has been resident in Ireland, recently had a fall and fractured his femur and was hospitalised in Tralee Hospital. He was transferred to the Coronary Care Unit where he was anointed last Saturday. He passed away at 7.45 pm (Perth time) on Monday, 4 October.
He was born at Lissyclerig, Kenmare, Co Kerry on 23 November 1929. He studied for the priesthood at St Keiran’s College, Kilkenny and was ordained on 2 June 1957. He arrived in Perth on 25 November 1957.
He served as Curate at Northam, Kalgoorlie and Claremont between 1957 and 1966. He served as Administrator of Highgate while Bishop McKeon was Auxiliary Bishop. He was transferred to East Victoria Park on 28 September 1969 and then Priest-in-Charge at Quairading and later locum tenens at Pinjarra from February 1973. He then served as Port Chaplain and Director of the Stella Maris Seafarers Centre in Fremantle. In August 1979, he was appointed founding Parish Priest of Girrawheen. At recent Parish celebrations, his efforts to lay a solid foundation for a bustling parish were recalled as was the publication of his autobiography “Winter Has Passed”.
Please pray for the repose of his soul as he enters into the heavenly liturgy to hear from his Master:
“Well done good and faithful servant, enter into the joy of your Lord”.
Rest in Peace
(This article was adapted from a letter sent to priests and deacons by the Vicar General of the Archdiocese of Perth, Monsignor Brian O'Loughlin)