Those Who Have Passed
This section is, in a small way, meant to remember and honor those Affiliates who have passed on to new life in recent years. It is neither intended to be a comprehensive overview nor an obituary but a statement expressed in a few sentences that speaks to the person’s commitment as a Maryknoll Affiliate.
We received this message from Marj Humphrey of the Maryknoll Lay Missioners: "It is with a heavy heart that I write to inform you of the passing of Jack Connell, returned Maryknoll Lay Missioner Class of 1981 and Maryknoll Affiliate from the New York Subway Chapter. Jack went home to God this morning (Nov. 2), at his home in the Bronx, New York, where he and his wife, Yvette have lived for many years since their return to the US. Jack and Yvette served as lay missioners in Tanzania, Palestine, and China and were active, upon their return, with the Maryknoll Affiliates. Throughout his life, Jack was a non pretentious, gentle and other-directed man. His wife Yvette is much like him in that regard.
Margaret O’Rourke Meehan born September 8, 1938 in New York City, daughter of John J. Meehan and Eileen Andrews Meehan, previously deceased, died peacefully on September 23, 2018 at New York University Hospital as a result of a recent illness. Beyond her professional life Margaret was devoted to the poor and social justice. For many years and especially following retirement from New York City Schools, she served as a Maryknoll Affiliate in the Subway Chapter and as Missionary with the Maryknoll Fathers and Brothers. She brought her teaching and organizational skills to Thailand, Cambodia, Myanmar, and Nepal.
Charles Hancock, of the Reno Affiliate Chapter, died January 23, 2019, at age 91.
Charles loved the American west and was committed to protecting the environment of that area. After retirement, he was a sharp critic of government land exchanges. He received national attention with an interview on NBC's "Fleecing of America," regarding these land swaps; this practice was eventually reversed. He was the lone voice protesting the sale for development of the land that is now Wedekind Regional Park in Sparks, Nevada - a beautiful open park space for all to enjoy.