A much-loved Cork priest who was based in the US and was a close friend of the Kennedy family has been remembered as a man of warmth and a dedicated servant of the Church by Bishop John Buckley.
Fr Gerry Creedon, originally from Inchigeela in the Uibh Laoire parish, passed away in Arlington unexpectedly in the US last week.
He was a close friend of the Kennedy family and had a close relationship with Senator Ted Kennedy. He spent many family occasions with the Kennedys, especially at Christmas and Easter.
Bishop Buckley was a childhood friend of Fr Creedon and said he will be fondly remembered as a man who provided encouragement to many.
“Like everybody else in Uibh Laoire and beyond, I was very saddened to hear of the death of Fr Gerard Creedon last week,” Bishop Buckley said.
“Gerard and I were of the one generation and have been friends since our school days. His personality and warmth endeared him to everyone.
“He was particularly proud of his native parish of Uibh Laoire and often said that it is in the valleys and hills where you grow up that you live and die.
“He had an extraordinary capacity for capturing the ordinary things of life and transforming them into beautiful poetry, many of which were published.
“Fr Gerard will be sadly missed by his family and by all the people of Uibh Laoire who were both close to him and proud of him. May he rest in peace,” Bishop Buckley added.
Fr Creedon performed the wedding ceremony for Ted Kennedy and his wife Vicki in 1992 and was involved in the Senator's funeral in 2009.
He was ordained a priest in 1968 and was a graduate of English and Latin from UCD and held a Master's Degree in theology from the Washington Theological Union and another Master's from the Catholic University of America in social work.
He later became a pastor at the Holy Family Church in Dale City, the Good Shepherd Church in Mount Vernon and St Charles Borromeo in Arlington.
In 1991, was a founding pastor of a diocesan mission to Banica in the Dominican Republic where he helped to establish a pharmacy and a funeral home.
He is survived by his sisters, Miriam, Margaret, Teresa, Nora Mary, and brothers Oliver, Bernard, Tom, Joe, Dominic, William J. His Con-Don, Dick and all predeceased him.
He will be buried in his home village of Inchigeela this Sunday.
Visitations will take place on Saturday at St Finbarr and the Holy Angels Church in Inchigeela. His funeral mass will take place on Sunday at 11.30am with burial in the local graveyard afterwards.