Father Robert M. Egan, a diocesan priest for more than 50 years, died May 17, 2005, at Auburn Nursing Home. He was 82.
Father Egan was born in Auburn and grew up in St. Alphonsus Parish. He attended St. Andrew’s and St. Bernard’s seminaries in Rochester and was ordained by Bishop James E. Kearney on June 5, 1954, at Sacred Heart Cathedral.
Father Egan served as assistant pastor at Blessed Sacrament Parish, Rochester, from 1954-58; St. Mary’s Parish, Waterloo, from 1958-59; and Immaculate Conception Parish, Rochester, from 1959-62. He then served as assistant pastor at St. Jerome’s Parish, East Rochester, from 1962-67 and St. John the Evangelist Parish, Clyde, from 1967-72.
Father Egan became pastor of St. Bernard’s Parish in Scipio Center in 1972, and also led St. Bernard’s mission parishes of St. Hilary in Genoa and St. Isaac Jogues in Fleming. In 1981, he became pastor of St. Anthony’s Parish in Groton, where he remained until his retirement in 1997.
“He was very dedicated to the parishes where he served,” said Father Robert Kreckel, a seminary classmate of Father Egan’s. “I just know that he certainly had a very priestly set of mind and attitude.”
Father Egan was especially devoted to the Blessed Sacrament, said Father Carl Pilla, a retired priest of the Diocese of Syracuse. Father Pilla said he and Father Egan became close friends after meeting in the Rochester seminary and forged a quick bond because both had entered the seminary after leaving the military.
Father Egan was known as a good confessor, he added.
“He was a good confessor because he would listen, and he gave good advice,” Father Pilla said. “He was a very spiritual person himself, and he could help people who needed spiritual help.”
Father Egan is survived by his niece, Patricia (Bruce) Hawley-Walter; his nephews, Paul (Rose), Robert and Terrence (Rosalie) Egan; and several grandnieces and grandnephews.
Bishop Matthew H. Clark was to celebrate Father Egan’s funeral Mass May 23 at St. Alphonsus Church in Auburn. Interment was set for St. Joseph’s Cemetery in Auburn.
Memorial contributions may be made to St. Joseph’s School, 89 E. Genesee St., Auburn, NY 13021.