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Father Tom Seagrave
January 11th, 2016

Father Tom Seagrave, retired pastor of St. John of God Parish, San Francisco, died Dec. 18. Ordained May 17, 1968, by Archbishop Joseph McGucken, he was 73 years old.

“Father lived at Serra Clergy House his last years, maintaining a phenomenally positive outlook despite the long-term challenges of his struggle with cancer,” Father Raymund Reyes, vicar for clergy, said in a statement.

Father Seagrave grew up in San Francisco, attending St. John the Evangelist School and Archbishop Riordan High School where he was honored in 2011 with the school’s annual Chaminade Award. Priesthood studies took him to St. Joseph Seminary in Mountain View and later St. Patrick’s Seminary and University in Menlo Park.

Father Seagrave served at parishes including St. Paul in Noe Valley, where his family had lived as far back as 1850, as well as at St. Mark, Belmont, and San Francisco’s St. Emydius and St. Finn Barr. He is former pastor of San Francisco’s Church of the Visitacion and St. Peter Parish.

“Father Tom was widely known throughout his years of active ministry as a tireless, hardworking priest who ministered to his parishioners with dedication and love,” Father Reyes said also calling attention to Father Seagrave’s unselfishness that “included the payment of school tuitions for those in need from his own resources for many years.”

Survivors include Father Seagrave’s sister Jane Calavano of Burlingame, brothers Peter Seagrave, and James Seagrave and James’ wife Janet, all of Las Vegas.

Retired San Francisco Archbishop John R. Quinn was principal celebrant of a funeral Mass Dec. 23 at St. Paul Church.

Remembrances may be made to St. Peter Parish, 1200 Florida St., San Francisco 94110 or Archbishop Riordan High School, 175 Phelan Ave., San Francisco 94112.

From January 14, 2016 issue of Catholic San Francisco.


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