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Gilhooley, James Charles Cogan (1843–1886)


The old familiar faces of our Catholic community are disappearing all too quickly, as one by one our venerable clergy and laity answer the summons of Death the Sentinel, and fall from the busy ranks of life. Our losses among the priesthood have been most severe of late. In the present instance, it is a useful and honourable layman we have lost, one who in his profession and his private life, in word and in deed, bore himself worthily as a Christian gentleman. The death of Dr. James Charles Gilhooley removes one more of that class of gifted, courteous, and generous-spirited gentlemen — "the good old school" as they are reverently spoken of — who form, perhaps, the best and brightest element of our society; and one more name is added to the list of those who merit grateful remembrance for their lives and services. Dr. Gilhooley was for many years one of our recognised representative Catholics, and though for a good, while failing health prevented, him from appearing much in public, his presence at Catholic ceremonies or gatherings was welcome and familiar even to the last. Dr. Gilhooley was a Fellow of St. John's College, and we need hardly add that he was on special terms of friendship with the first witty and accomplished Rector, Dr, Forrest. The late Monsignor Lynch was also a very dear friend. Dr. Gilhooley took a warm interest in the re-building of St. Mary's Cathedral, and helped the work with his sympathy and his purse. After being in failing health for more than a year the genial old doctor of whom, everybody speaks kindly, breathed his last on Palm Sunday , at his well-known residence in Oxford Street, his life being crowned by the grace of a singularly peaceful death. In his last days the deceased gentleman was attended by Father Coonan, Administrator of St. Mary's Cathedral, and the Very Rev. D. Clancy, President ol St. Aloysius' College and the last offices of the Church were performed at the grave by Father Coonan. The burial took place at the most picturesque of our cemeteries, that at Waverley, on Monday, and besides the family and immediate relatives, a large number of gentlemen, including several holding high public positions, attended as mourners. Dr. Gilhooley was in his 61st year. Requiescat in pace.

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