Friday, March 26, 2010

He Died In Office He Died Forever In Service

Rory J. Koopmans, B. Admin., #203, 8912-156 Street, Edmonton, Alberta T5R 5Z2

March XXVIth, MMX

Hon. David G. Hancock, QC, MLA, Minister of Education, Progressive Conservative, Edmonton-Whitemud

Dear David:

I must say it was nice to see your assistant, Janice Sarich at the reception at St. Joseph's High School after Father Michael Troy's funeral today. During the service I learned about what a great man he was, especially in dealing with aboriginal kids. I mean he founded a Spiritan residence, in addition to that he started from scratch the Edmonton Archdiocesan Native Ministry. Plus he was a Prinicipal, Vice-Principal, teacher & all round great friend to the kids.

I mean he must have had respect to be given his own office after retirement in the school & hold the title Chaplain-Emeritus until his death. He stood down in 1983 and yet was just so loved by the kids a a special friend. I mean what a stellar guy. Hie love of kids was remarkable and he was clearly respected by his family and adored outright by his nieces and nephews. As evidenced by their strong participation in the Order of Service today. We can truly say that a great man for kids, education & the Christian word has stood down today. A life well lived!

Bravo Father Mike,


Sourc: St. Joseph's Basilica.

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