Obituary: Father Thomas Garlick, St. Anne’s pastor

by susan on May 25, 2011

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An obituary for Father Thomas Garlick, the pastor at St. Anne Church who died unexpectedly this weekend, has now been posted online. You can read the full obituary here. Below are excerpts.

Fr. Garlick was born on July 8, 1949 in New York City, son of the late Bruce R. and Joan L. (Belliveau) Garlick. He grew up in Fitchburg and Ashburnham, attended St. Bernard Elementary and graduated from St. Bernard High School in 1967. He earned his Bachelor of Arts degree from Boston College in 1971 and a Master’s degree in Counseling from Fitchburg State in 1973…

…He has served as Parochial Vicar at St. Anthony Parish in Dudley and Immaculate Conception Parish in Worcester. In 1997 he was named pastor of St. Richard of Chichester Church in Sterling, a position he held for 12 years. In 2009, he was named pastor at St. Anne Church in Southborough.

Father Tom was beloved by his parishioners for many reasons including his wit and sense of humor.

Calling hours will be held at St. Anne’s (20 Boston Road) on Friday from 4:00 to 8:00 pm, with a Wake Service at 7:00 pm led by Bishop Daniel P. Reilly. A Funeral Mass will be held on Saturday at 11:00 am at the Cathedral of St. Paul (15 Chatham Street, Worcester).

Donations in Father Garlick’s memory may be made to St. Anne’s or to the Worcester Country Food Bank (474 Boston Turnpike, Shrewsbury, MA 01545).

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