Reverend Eugene G. Cusick, Pastor Emeritus, Saint Bede the Venerable Parish, Holland, died at Mercy Fitzgerald Hospital, Darby, on Sunday, May 20, 2012.
Father Cusick was born on September 22, 1936, in Carbondale, Pennsylvania. He was the son of the late Joseph P. Cusick and the late Alice L. Gordon. Father Cusick attended Pennypacker Public School, Philadelphia, Saint Athanasius Parochial School, Philadelphia, and Northeast Catholic High School, Philadelphia, before entering Saint Charles Borromeo Seminary.
Father Cusick was ordained on May 16, 1964, at the Cathedral Basilica of Saints Peter and Paul, Philadelphia, by Most Reverend John J. Krol. Father Cusick served as Parochial Vicar at Saint Francis of Assisi Parish, Springfield, and Saint Helena Parish, Center Square. He also served on the Faculty at Cardinal O’Hara High School, Springfield, and as Principal at Bishop Shanahan High School, Downingtown. In 1993, Father Cusick was appointed Pastor at Saint Bede the Venerable Parish, Holland, and was named Pastor Emeritus in 2005. While he was Pastor of St. Bede’s he was instrumental in building the St. Katharine Drexel Center and Perpetual Adoration Chapel as well as the school gymnasium, computer labs and school offices.
Father Cusick is survived by his brothers and sister, Joseph P. Cusick (Sheila), Mary C. Boland (Robert), Thomas J. Cusick (Ann Marie) and Gerald J. Cusick (Marie), 15 nieces and nephews, 42 grand nieces and nephews and 1 great grand niece.
The Transfer of his body will be held at Saint Bede the Venerable Church, Holland, on Friday, May 25, 2012, at 4:00 PM, followed by a viewing, until a parish Mass that will be celebrated at 7:00 PM. On Saturday a viewing will be held from 9:00am until Family Words of Remembrance at 10:35am. A Concelebrated Funeral Mass with Most Reverend Michael J. Fitzgerald, Auxiliary Bishop as principal celebrant will be celebrated at 11:00 am. Concelebrating the Funeral Mass will be Rev. Msgr. John Marine, Rev. Thomas Furey, Rev. Gary Pacitti, Rev. Leonard Lewandowski, and the Rev. Msgr. Philip Cribben will be the homilist.
Interment will be in Holy Sepulchre Cemetery, Cheltenham.
In lieu of flowers, contributions in his memory maybe made to St. Katharine Drexel Regional Catholic School, 1071 Holland Rd. Holland PA 18966
St. Bede the Venerable Church
1071 Holland Road, Holland, PA
3301 W. Cheltenham Avenue, Philadelphia, PA 19150