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Dr. Michael Creedon dies

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Dr. Michael Anthony Creedon of Vienna died suddenly Sept. 5 at the age of 76. He was the husband of Lorna (Stanley) Creedon; brother of Therese Wilson; Father Gerry Creedon, pastor of Holy Family Church in Dale City; Nora Mary Hyde; Oliver; Bernard; Thomas; Joseph; Dominic; William J.; Miriam O’Connell; and Margaret O’Shea. He was preceded in death by his brothers Drs. Cornelius D. and Richard Creedon. He was born June 5, 1941, to John and Margaret “Gretta” Creedon.

“Michael valued his family and friends above everything else in his life. He never met a stranger — they were all people he just didn’t know yet,” said Lorna Creedon. “He had a gift for friendship and knew people all over the world. His friendships were often lifelong — because he was a faithful friend, showing up in good times and bad.”

He arrived in the United States in 1964 as a young priest and served in the Diocese of Richmond for nine years. His faith was important to him and he continued to minister to people throughout his life.

Michael earned a doctorate in social work and his career as a gerontologist took him all over the world. Through his tenure as a professor and a lecturer, he touched many peoples' lives — helping them to transition to a successful and happy retirement, as well as helping to educate those working in service to older adults. He worked with financial institutions and governments to prevent financial abuse of the elderly. The topics he tackled in his career were wide and varied, and his work brought him great fulfillment and joy.

A memorial Mass will be celebrated Sept. 30 at at Holy Family Church, 14160 Ferndale Rd., Dale City 10:30 a.m. He will be interred with his family in County Cork, Ireland.

© Arlington Catholic Herald 2017