|Obituary of Rev. McDermott:
The Rev. Thomas J. McDermott, retired senior priest at Saint Rose of
Lima Church, Carbondale, and a resident of Scranton, died Friday at Saint
Rose of Lima Rectory, Carbondale.
He was born in Scranton on July 17, 1927, son of the late Harry and
Lucille Curran McDermott. He was a graduate of Scranton Central High School.
Father McDermott attended the University of Scranton and Saint Charles
College, Catonsville, Md., and received his bachelor's degree in June 1952
from Mount St. Mary's College, Emmitsburg, Md.
His studies for the priesthood were completed at Mount St. Mary's Seminary,
Father McDermott was ordained to the priesthood on May 26, 1956, in
Scranton, by the Most Rev. Jerome D. Hannan, D.D., late Bishop of Scranton.
Following ordination, Father McDermott served as assistant pastor of
Our Lady of the Snows, Clarks Summit.
In 1967, he was appointed assistant pastor of Saint John the Evangelist,
Wilkes-Barre, where he remained for two years.
He became assistant pastor of Saint Peter's Cathedral, Scranton, on
Sept. 3, 1969, and one year later, on Sept. 8, 1970, he was appointed assistant
pastor of Saint Aloysius, Wilkes-Barre, where he remained for two years.
In April of 1972, Father McDermott was named administrator of Saint
Luke's, Jersey Shore.
The following month, he was named administrator of Saint Francis Xavier,
On Sept. 5, 1972, he became Pastor of Saint Thomas the Apostle, Little
Meadows. After serving there for two years, he was appointed Pastor of
Saint Thomas the Apostle, Elkland.
Three years later, on Sept. 6, 1977, he became Pastor of Saint Denis
in Glen Lyon, followed by pastorates at Saint John the Evangelist, Susquehanna;
Saint David's, Scranton; and St. Mary's, Wyalusing.
Father McDermott was named senior priest in July of 2000, and resided
at Saint Rose of Lima Rectory, Carbondale.
He retired on July 3, 2002, but continued to minister in the Diocese.
In addition to his parochial responsibilities, Father McDermott served
as assistant director of Camp St. Andrew, Tunkhannock, in June of 1956.
He was preceded in death by his sister, Grace, and brother, Dr. Harry.
Surviving are his sister, Ruth, Scranton; nieces and nephews.
A Vigil Mass will be celebrated at Nativity of Our Lord Church, Scranton,
at 7 p.m., with Monsignor Philip A. Gray, V.F., presiding.
A Pontifical Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated by the Most
Rev. Joseph F. Martino D.D., Hist. E.D., Bishop of Scranton, on Tuesday,
at 11:30 in the Nativity of Our Lord Church, Scranton. Interment will be
in Cathedral Cemetery, Scranton.
Visitation will take place Monday, 2 to 7 p.m., and Tuesday, prior to
Mass, at Nativity of Our Lord Church, 633 Orchard St., Scranton.