A brother, a friend

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A fixture for half of Arlington Bishop Paul S. Loverde's priesthood was Xaverian Brother David Eddy, his longtime secretary, but when he passed away in 2010, the bishop called him his brother.
Father Loverde was giving a retreat at Xavier High School in Middletown, Conn., in 1980 when he met the school's math teacher, Brother Eddy. A few years later, Father Loverde asked the Xaverian brother to assist him in his role as the bishop's delegate for clergy in the Norwich Clergy Personnel Office. In 1988, Father Loverde was appointed auxiliary bishop of Hartford, Conn., and the religious brother became his assistant.
In 1994, when Bishop Loverde was reassigned to the Diocese of Ogdensburg, N.Y., again Brother Eddy accompanied him. And five years later, when the Arlington Diocese beckoned, the religious brother was on board.
"Brother David was not only a trusted collaborator in the service of the church and a faithful religious, but also, in a very real way, a brother to me," Bishop Loverde said. "Having no siblings of my own, he truly became my brother."
Born Feb. 19, 1948, in Worcester, Mass., Brother Eddy was the son of the late Robert A. and Irene C. (LeDuc) Eddy. He graduated from St. John's High School in Shrewsbury, Mass., where he was taught by the Xaverian Brothers. He joined the Congregation of the Brothers of St. Francis Xavier July 8, 1966, completing his novitiate at St. Joseph Novitiate in Newton Highlands, Mass., and pronouncing his first profession of vows Sept. 8, 1968. He pronounced his perpetual vows as a Xaverian brother May 7, 1977.
Brother Eddy began his scholasticate at Xaverian College in Silver Spring, Md., and later studied at Catholic University in Washington and the University of Massachusetts, earning a bachelor's in mathematics in 1972. He did graduate work at California State University in Long Beach, Calif.
Brother Eddy began his teaching career at Malden Catholic High School in Malden, Mass., where he taught math and computer science, 1972-76. In 1976, he was transferred to Xavier High School in Middletown, where he taught math and computer science, managed the school bookstore, organized the school's sophomore retreat program and moderated several student activities.
His role as the bishop's secretary included overseeing everyday details for the bishop and the chancery. When the bishop's residence was relocated to the former convent at the Cathedral of St. Thomas More in Arlington, Brother Eddy spearheaded the renovation and interior design.
In the late fall of 2009, Brother Eddy was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer. He died Feb. 15, 2010.
In a 1999 interview, Brother Eddy reflected on his years of work with Bishop Loverde, calling him "a man of the church."
"He is personable, warm, compassionate and prayerful," he said. "I admire his commitment to prayer and his willingness to collaborate and consult before making decisions."

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