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Fr. Thomas Nash, OSA As a young teacher at St. Rita High School, Chicago 1946

Fr. Thomas Nash, OSA
As a young teacher at St. Rita High School, Chicago 1946

Some 25 years ago, I heard a never-to-be forgotten homily given by Father Dudley Day, OSAat the Funeral Mass of Father Tom Nash, OSA.  He said, “When we ate out, at the end of the meal, Father Tom always asked the same question, ‘did the waitress receive enough gratitude?’”

As teenagers in the 1930’s Father Tom and I caddied at the Beverly Country Club, Chicago.  We caddies gave Tom, as we knew him then, the nickname, “Darbie”, a special name that stayed with him through his priesthood.  He always had a crease in his pants, a clean white shirt and his hair was combed smoothly every day.  As a caddy, Tom knew the value of a “tip”, then something like a quarter!  Most of the time we received no tip and were…

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