While many came to St. Columba’s Cathedral on Thursday, they shared their favorite moments and memories.
YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio (WKBN) – Bishop George Murry died last week after several battles with leukemia. On Thursday, calling times and public prayer were held at St. Columba Cathedral in Youngstown.
“He was a good guy,” said Elida Schiavone of Poland. “I think he’s done a lot of good here. Just a lovely guy, I think he was just a lover so I wanted to be here and see him.
“We just wanted to come and pay tribute to him and let him know, once again, how much we love him,” said Maureen Hall, of Girard.
“He will be sorely missed,” said Richard Zebrowsky, Jr., of Campbell.
Since arriving in the valley in 2007, the former head of the Catholic Diocese of Youngstown has been known to spread love and light throughout the community.
While many people came to Saint Columba’s Cathedral to pay their last respects, they shared their favorite moments and memories.
“He always said hello and ‘how are you’, and always greeted you with open arms,” said Candy Zebrowsky of Campbell.
A couple from Poland actually got to meet the bishop in St. Thomas in the Virgin Islands while on vacation – two years before he came to Youngstown.
“We attended mass in a carport adorned with beautiful flowers and the priest arrives in a boat,” said Stéphanie Rosselli.
It was Bishop Murry. A memory that the Rossellis will not soon forget. They said he never did either.
“He was just always receptive and seemed to remember us every time we met, which was very special for him,” said Rosselli. “I appreciate that we were able to pay tribute.”
A friend of all who crossed his path, Bill Howe – Fourth Degree Master of the Knights of Columbus – said so much made Bishop Murry special.
Murry was another knight.
“His personality, his love of the church, his dedication to the church and his willingness to be a friend,” Howe said.
Guy Sebastian reflected on a time the Bishop spoke to a group of men at the Ohio Valley Teen Challenge. The interaction moved Sebastian and many others, both spiritually and emotionally.
“He was the kind of teacher who welcomed any kind of question, whether or not you believed in a Higher Power. He was a great teacher, ”said Sebastian.
During Thursday’s prayer service, songs of praise could be heard inside and outside of St. Columba, raising Murry’s legacy and the love he had for so many – a love that the community shared at the time.
“He was always smiling, always,” said Schiavone. “With every photo I saw, he was smiling and happy. He was just a big inspiration to me.
A private mass will be held Friday at 1:00 p.m. at St. Columba’s Cathedral. Interment will be in Calvary Cemetery in Youngstown.
WKBN 27 First News will air a special feature, “Remembering Bishop Murry”, on channel 27 at 12:30 p.m. and provide live coverage until the conclusion of mass. All coverage will be broadcast live simultaneously on the WKBN mobile app and WKBN.com. The coverage will also be archived online and available for future reference.
Memorial contributions can be made at St. Columba Cathedral, 159 W. Rayen Avenue, Youngstown, Ohio 44503.