Father Raymond B. Hourihan, 91; Elmira native - Catholic Courier

Father Raymond B. Hourihan, 91; Elmira native

Father Raymond B. Hourihan, a native of Elmira, died Oct. 11, 2016, at the Arnot Ogden Medical Center in Elmira. He was 91 years old.

Father Hourihan served in the South Pacific with the U.S. Navy during World War II. He also worked in the insurance industry as a safety engineer and at the Elmira Psychiatric Center, retiring as the chief safety officer.

After his retirement, Father Hourihan took up his calling to ministry. He entered the Holy Apostles Seminary in Cromwell, Conn., and was ordained to the priesthood at the age of 62 on June 20, 1987. He served as a pastor in the Diocese of Charlotte, N.C.

For the past several years, he spent his time between Elmira and Lakeland, Fla. He was a longtime member and former chaplain of the Msgr. John J. Lee Division of the Ancient Order of Hibernians, where he served as a former president as well as in every other board position.

Father Hourihan is survived by his sister-in-law, Patricia Hourihan of Pine City; brother-in-law, Charles Broschart of Ballston Spa, N.Y.; and several nieces, nephews and cousins.

His funeral Mass was celebrated Oct. 15, 2016, at St. Mary Church in Elmira. Interment was at Ss. Peter and Paul Cemetery, Elmira.

Contributions in his memory may be made to either St. Mary Church, 224 Franklin St., Elmira, NY 14904, or the Msgr. John J. Lee Division of the AOH, 701 Kinyon St., Elmira, NY 14904.



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