Deacon Gary West
January 11th, 2016
Deacon Gary West died Dec. 31 with family at his side. He was 80 years old and a deacon for 36 years. Deacon West’s wife, Julie, died in 2013.
Deacon West served at St. Stephen Parish in San Francisco and was a retired partner of a major accounting firm. “In addition to his steadfast ministry over the years, he gave countless hours of accounting expertise to the parish and to the broader archdiocesan community,” Father Raymund Reyes, vicar for clergy, said in a statement.
“Gary was an icon of our community,” said Deacon Mike Ghiorso, director of the diaconate for the Archdiocese of San Francisco, in a note to the deacon community. “He represents over 35 years of dedicated and faithful service to the Archdiocese of San Francisco and St. Stephen Parish, in particular.” Deacon Ghiorso said one of Deacon West’s last acts was “a very moving and spiritual benediction” of the diaconate community.
A funeral Mass was celebrated Jan. 7 at St. Stephen Church. Remembrances may be made to the Priests’ Retirement Fund, One Peter Yorke Way, San Francisco 94109.
From January 14, 2016 issue of Catholic San Francisco.