It is with deep sadness we mourn the recent loss of Basil Bliss, a Deacon and educator at Bishop Loughlin. We pray for his family and friends during this difficult time.
Our Lasallian Animator, Librarian, and close friend of Mr. Bliss, Mr. Ted Frank composed the following written word which beautifully expresses the impact Mr. Bliss left on our lives.
For years, Basil Bliss
has been Our Voice of Loughlin
having greeted our entire community
having led us in daily prayer;
and in having shared each day's highlights
and announcements for our school.
Basil, the most generous of men,
been a good friend.
When it came to golf,
Basil and I (as well as Mike Foley)
had developed our “core threesome”.
Basil has always been so inviting, so generous,
and so supportive.
In fact, here’s a little secret...
Each year Basil would bid on a
round of golf at the annual
Loughlin Lancer Golf Outing.
Nearly each year,
he would inevitably win the bid and
treat Mike and me to said round.
Each and every year,
Mike and I would offer
to pay our own way.
However, Basil being Basil,
he had insisted on treating us,
Good or bad round of golf,
Basil had always been content just to play,
while of course puffing
on a cigar, hitting his ball consistently straight, and
simply enjoying the company on hand.
Mike and I (as well as so many of you)
have been truly blessed
to not only call Basil a colleague,
but a friend.
In so many ways,
Basil has certainly been a glue
of our Loughlin community.
I’ll never forget the time
during morning prayers
in which Basil had
said over the PA, “God is presence.”
Basil, thank you for having shared this
most special of messages and
for your presence in our lives.
Whether serving as a chef
on our many retreats; leading
our Loughlin prayer services;
moderating our National Honor Society;
being our in-house crossword master;
delivering the annual graduation homily;
or proudly coordinating our Theology
Department for many years...
Basil, through your service,
you have made it evident
that being present in others’ lives
is the ultimate act of God.
Basil, thank you for having been
ever so present to us.
It has truly been an honor, or as you
would say, “It’s been a beautiful thing,”
to have been in your presence:
Our Deacon, Our Friend, Our Basil...
You will live in our hearts forever!