Tuesday, September 18, 2012

+ Clifford F. Ruskowski

The word.

It was his life.

Father Cliff Ruskowski appreciated communications and well-prepared preaching by pastors, among others.

His own voice was silenced September 15 when he died at Beaumont Hospital in Grosse Pointe, MI., at 76.

A parishioner of Saint Thomas the Apostle Church, on Detroit's east side, my own home church, the professor at the Orchard Lake Schools, and, Saint John's Seminary, where he taught me homiletics, Cliff loved life and directed stage plays at St. Mary's College, Orchard Lake, among his other administrative roles since his ordination in June, 1962.

After a fall over his dog, his broken back, and, consequent ailments prevailed.  He was not the same after the mishap.

A liturgy of life will be celebrated this Wednesday at 10 am at Shrine Chapel at the Orchard Lake Schools, 3535 Indian Trail, Orchard Lake, while he is waked at the D.S. Temrowski and Sons Funeral Home, 30009 Hoover Road at Common, Warren, MI., with prayers at 7 pm. tonight.

His enthusiasm for life is so appreciated by me.

Like companions on the journey I remember well his inspirational efforts for a better quality of life and communications, and more.  He was a Bluestreak, a Thomasonian, as we were called in the sports sphere at St. Thomas High School.   Go blue!

Eternal rest grant unto him O Lord, and let perpetual light shine upon him.

He kept the Word.  '

He shared it. 

Lived it. 

Loved it, and more.

He will be missed, but remembered well and often by me at least.

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