Parishioners at Ruse and across the diocese of Wollongong are in mourning following the death of beloved parish priest Fr Tony Daly.
Fr Daly, 66, died at Bowral Private Hospital on 1 March after a short battle with pancreatic cancer.
The Bishop of Wollongong, Bishop Peter Ingham, shared his condolences in a letter.
“At the weekend, I met with the people of the parish, where there is a lot of grief at the loss of their much-loved parish priest,” he said.
“We offer our sympathy to Fr Tony’s family, his close friends among the clergy, and to all who knew and loved him.
“May he rest in the Lord’s peace and enjoy the reward of his goodness.”
The bishop also thanked Ruse parishioners, the parish secretary and friend to the late priest, Carmel Munro, diocesan clergy care co-ordinator Sue Daniels and staff at Bowral Private Hospital.
Prior to joining the priesthood, Fr Tony was a member of the St Vincent de Paul Society for 34 years and held regional, diocesan and state leadership roles.
He was ordained to the priesthood by Bishop Ingham on 27 February, 2003, at St Francis Xavier Cathedral, Wollongong.
Fr Tony served as assistant priest at All Saints, Shellharbour City, and Our Lady Help of Christians, Rosemeadow, before being appointed spiritual adviser to Vinnies and diocesan chaplain to Aboriginal Catholic Ministry.
In 2007 Fr Tony was appointed administrator of St Thomas More parish, Ruse, and was later appointed parish priest.
Fr Tony was farewelled with a parish vigil on 2 March, followed by the pontifical funeral Mass on 3 March.
Fr Daly’s remains were cremated at Leppington. In keeping with his wishes, his ashes will be taken to Broken Hill to be interred with his late family.