Bishop's letter regarding the passing of his father, James F. Checchio Jr.

The following is a letter from Bishop Checchio about the passing of his father, James F. Checchio Jr., also available as a PDF:

February 6, 2019

My dear brothers and sisters in Christ, religious and clergy of the Diocese of Metuchen,
My dad, James F. Checchio Jr. died yesterday unexpectedly in Venice, Florida.  He was 81 years old and is survived by my mother, Helen, and my brother and sisters, MaryAnn Kehoe (Joe), Linda McCarron (Ed), David (Christina), 5 grandchildren, two great grandchildren and another on the way.  I am in Venice with my mother and one of my sisters now, and will be bringing my mother home tomorrow.
We will be celebrating a funeral Mass for him on Saturday, February 9 at 11:30 with a viewing from 9-11 am at St. Teresa of Calcutta Parish (St. John Worship site) in Collingswood, NJ.  
 
I cannot tell you how comforting your prayers and condolences have been already to me and my family.  I will miss my father greatly, but I know he is being assisted to heaven with great force, thanks to your kindnesses.  He was a faithfilled, faithful, honorable and loyal person.  We learned so much from him and his example.  My father, and mother too, have been so comforted by your goodness to them during their visits to Metuchen over the past almost three years and by how you have so lovingly welcomed me to my new home.  With all that is going on in the Church these days, he commented to me just recently that he felt I was safe and in a good place, thanks to your goodness and love for me.  That was a great comfort to him, as it is for me, my mother and family.  So, I thank God for that each day, as well as for all of you, and assure you again of my love and prayers for you even as I strive as best as I can to be the bishop you so deserve.  Christ is our one hope, always, but it is even more so in times such as this.  Thank you for making His love so present in my life and that of my family.
God bless,
Bishop James Checchio

My dear brothers and sisters in Christ, religious and clergy of the Diocese of Metuchen,

          My dad, James F. Checchio Jr. died this past Monday unexpectedly in Venice, Florida. He was eighty-one years old and is survived by my mother, Helen, and my brother and sisters, Mary Ann Kehoe (Joe), Linda McCarron (Ed), David (Christina), five grandchildren, two great grandchildren, and another on the way. I am in Venice with my mother and one of my sisters now, and will be bringing my mother home today.

          We will be celebrating a funeral Mass for him on Saturday, February 9 at 11:30 am with a viewing from 9-11 am at St. Teresa of Calcutta Parish (St. John worship site) in Collingswood, NJ.  

          I cannot tell you how comforting your prayers and condolences have been already to me and my family. I will miss my father greatly, but I know he is being assisted to heaven with great force, thanks to your kindnesses. He was a faith-filled, faithful, honorable and loyal person. We learned so much from him and his example. 

          My father, and mother too, have been so comforted by your goodness to them during their visits to Metuchen over the past almost three years and by how you have so lovingly welcomed me to my new home. With all that is going on in the Church these days, he commented to me just recently that he felt I was safe and in a good place, thanks to your goodness and love for me. That was a great comfort to him, as it is for me, my mother and family. 

          So, I thank God for that each day, as well as for all of you, and assure you again of my love and prayers for you even as I strive as best as I can to be the bishop you so deserve. Christ is our one hope, always, but it is even more so in times such as this. Thank you for making His love so present in my life and that of my family.

          With renewed best wishes, I remain

                                                                                     Yours in Christ,

                                                                                     Most Reverend James F. Checchio, JCD, MBA
                                                                                     Bishop of Metuchen