From Chaplain and Past Commander, the Rev. William H Schmidt, SMP
Dear New York Companions:
It is with deep sorrow that I inform you of the passing of our Companion Roy DeFranco. He died on June 7th after a courageous battle with pancreatic cancer. His Obituary is attached.
Eternal and Merciful God and Father, graciously look upon the family of our departed Companion Roy DeFranco, Sr. who is now in Your eternal presence. Comfort his wife Linda, their sons Roy, Jr. and Matthew, their wives and children, as well as the entire DeFranco family, as they mourn his passing, Let them remember Your sure and certain promise of a glorious resurrection and a happy reunion in heaven. We thank You for giving Roy to us as a Companion of the Naval Order, to know and love him as a friend during our earthly pilgrimage. With Your boundless compassion console us in this time of sorrow. We ask this in His Holy Name.
Rev. William H Schmidt, SMP
Chaplain & Past Commander NY Commandery
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