Bro. David Eddy remembered

It was almost impossible for the Catholic Herald staff to find a solo photo of Xaverian Brother David Eddy to accompany this obituary despite his nearly 11 years of service in the Arlington Diocese. That speaks volumes about the man who lived to serve others, who avoided the spotlight even while constantly in it and whose life was devoted to overseeing the details of everyday life for Arlington Bishop Paul S. Loverde and the Chancery.

After 25 years of working side-by-side with Bishop Loverde, Brother Eddy died Feb. 15 of pancreatic cancer after being diagnosed in late fall. He was 61.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at the Cathedral of St. Thomas More in Arlington on Feb. 19 at 2 p.m. on what would have been Brother Eddy's 62nd birthday. A viewing will be held at Murphy Funeral Homes in Arlington on Feb. 17 from 7 to 9 p.m., with a wake service beginning at 7 p.m. Reception of the Body will take place at the cathedral on Feb. 18 at 2 p.m., with visitation following until 4 p.m., and again from 7 to 9 p.m., with a vigil service at 7 p.m. Interment will take place at the Xaverian Brothers Cemetery in Danvers, Mass.

In a statement following Brother Eddy's death, Bishop Loverde said:

"I first met Brother David when I directed a retreat for the Xaverian Brothers at their high school in Middletown, Conn. In 1985, he began his service to the Church in the Diocese of Norwich, continuing on in the Archdiocese of Hartford and the Dioceses of Ogdensburg and Arlington. He not only served as my assistant and secretary, but also as Master of Ceremonies and designer-consultant on the renovations of the Bishop's House in Ogdensburg and here in Arlington of the Chancery Offices and the Saint Thomas More Center.

"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. Having no siblings of my own, he truly became my brother. I pray that the Lord will give him eternal life in our true home in the company of the angels and saints. From there, may he intercede for us on our pilgrim way."

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 on July 8, 1966, completing his novitiate at St. Joseph Novitiate in Newton Highlands, Mass., and pronouncing his first profession of vows on Sept. 8, 1968. He pronounced his perpetual vows as a Xaverian brother on May 7, 1977.

Brother Eddy began his scholasticate at Xaverian College in Silver Spring, Md., and later went on to study at Catholic University in Washington and the University of Massachusetts, earning a bachelor's in mathematics in 1972. He did graduate studies 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 mathematics and computer science from 1972-76. In 1976, he was transferred to Xavier High School in Middletown, Conn., where, in addition to teaching mathematics and computer science, he managed the school bookstore, organized the school's sophomore retreat program and moderated a number of student activities.

Brother Eddy's career in education was sidetracked in 1985 when he agreed to assist then-Father Loverde in his new post as bishop's delegate for clergy in the Office of Clergy Personnel for the Diocese of Norwich, Conn.

What was to be a 12-month assignment evolved into a 25-year mission spanning four dioceses. In 1988, Father Loverde was appointed Auxiliary Bishop for the Archdiocese of Hartford, Conn., and soon thereafter asked Brother Eddy to come and work as his assistant. During these years Brother Eddy continued to live with the Xaverian community in Middletown. In 1994, Brother Eddy again accompanied Bishop Loverde to the Diocese of Ogdensburg, N.Y., and - one last time - in 1999 to the Arlington Diocese.

Brother Eddy was a member of the Knights of Columbus (fourth Degree) and the Knights of the Holy Sepulchre and collaborated with the Knights of Malta.

As one year turned into a quarter of a century, Brother Eddy lived by the motto "you do what needs to be done." Whether helping to manage a staff of one or 150, driving a school bus or overseeing the renovation of the newly opened St. Thomas More Center, Brother Eddy met every new challenge with determination and faith.

In a 2008 interview, Brother Eddy said his life has been a leap of faith.

"I've allowed God into my life and therefore what's happening is not something I've plotted or planned," he said. "I'm just sitting here being of service."

Father Paul deLadurantaye, director of the Office of Catechetics and Sacred Liturgy, said that Brother Eddy lived a life of dedication and devoted service to the Church.

"As he often said of himself, he did whatever needed to be done, and in that attitude I saw his wholehearted, generous response to the will of God," Father deLadurantaye said. "Brother David was a man of faith who served others with joy and good humor. I always saw him as a man who loved the Lord, his religious community and the mission God had given to him with the fidelity that comes from an abiding trust in God's providence."

"Brother David served the Church and the congregation as a teacher even though he hadn't taught in a classroom for many years," said Xaverian Brother Lawrence Harvey, general superior for the Congregation of the Brothers of St. Francis Xavier. "He was a model of faithful, selfless service."

In addition to his brothers in religion and Bishop Loverde, Brother Eddy is survived by sisters Carol A. Horvath and her husband, Pat, of Edwards, Colo., and Renee C. Zane and her husband, Wally, of Highlands Ranch, Colo.; brothers James R. Eddy and his wife, Maryliz, of Brewster, Mass., Steven R. Eddy and his wife, Victoria, of Woodland Park, Colo., Bryan P. Eddy and his wife, Charlene, of Grafton, Mass., and Timothy J. Eddy and his wife, Dawn, of N. Grafton., Mass.; 14 nieces and nephews; and three great-nieces and great-nephews.

Father Richard Mullins, administrator of St. Louis Parish in Alexandria, saw Brother Eddy the day before he died, thanked him for all their shared memories during the last decade and told him he would be in his prayers forever.

"As a religious he would have prayed every night the prayer … 'Now, Lord, let your servant go in peace,'" Father Mullins said. "That's what he was and what he always wanted to be: a good servant to the bishop and a good servant to the diocese. Now it's time for him to go in peace and rest from all of his work."

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Xaverian Brothers (C.F.X.), 4409 Frederick Ave., Baltimore, MD, 21229, or to the Diocese of Arlington, 200 N. Glebe Rd., Ste. 914, Arlington, VA 22203.

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