The wake for Father Arthur B. Egan, pastor emeritus of St. Mary of the Immaculate Conception Parish in Avon, will begin with vespers at 3 p.m. June 19 in the Cathedral of St. John the Evangelist in downtown Cleveland. Bishop Martin Amos, retired bishop of Davenport, Iowa will be the presider. The wake will continue until 6 p.m.
Auxiliary Bishop emeritus Roger Gries will be the main celebrant and homilist at Father Egan’s funeral Mass at 10 a.m. June 20 in the cathedral.
Father Egan, 90, died on June 15.
He was born to the late Francis and Frances (Ott) Egan on Feb. 13, 1930 and educated at Rosedale School, Cleveland; St. Ann School, Cleveland Heights; Patrick Henry Junior High School, Cleveland; Cathedral Latin High School, Cleveland; Fenn College, Cleveland; St. Gregory Seminary, Cincinnati and Saint Mary Seminary, Cleveland.
On May 18, 1957 in the Cathedral of St. John the Evangelist, Archbishop Edward Hoban ordained Father Egan to the priesthood for service to the Diocese of Cleveland.
His first assignment was as parochial vicar, St, Augustine Parish, Barberton. He was transferred on June 14, 1962 to St. Mel Parish, Cleveland to serve as parochial vicar. Father Egan was assigned as parochial vicar of St. Catherine Parish in Cleveland on July 1, 1969. During this assignment he also served as chairman of the Advisory Committee for Cuyahoga Southeast Deanery, effective Aug. 9, 1971. He was assigned as parochial vicar of the cathedral on May 15, 1975 and served as moderator of the Postal Holy Name Society, effective April 21, 1976.
Father Egan was appointed pastor of St. Mary of the Immaculate Conception Parish in Avon on Dec. 4, 1978. He also served on the Lorain Regional Board of Education 1981-1984 and as a member of the Board of Trustees of the Catholic Cemeteries 1982-1997,
On Feb. 15, 2000, Father Egan retired and he was named pastor emeritus of St. Mary of the Immaculate Conception Parish, Avon.
Those who knew him said Father Egan will be missed for his gentle smile, friendly and sometimes firm disposition, quick wit and subtle humor. He served the Church faithfully, was dedicated to those entrusted to his care and cherished the gift of his priesthood, they added.
Interment will be at Calvary Cemetery in Cleveland.