Former Dean of the Cathedral

GRANT REST, O LORD to the soul of your servant who fell asleep in the promise of resurrection, Thursday, October 19, 2006.

May the Lord our God receive his soul in peace, rewarding him for his faithful service as parish priest of: St Nicholas Church, Regina, Canada; St George Church, Canton, Ohio; and (our) St George Cathedral; and, in retirement, as Chairman of diocesan Missions, and interim priest of Annunciation Church,  Montreal. May his children and grandchildren find comfort in knowing of the love and joy he shared with so many during his priestly ministry. (Born, February 15, 1924; Ordained Priest, November 10, 1963; Dean of St George Cathedral, September 1, 1983 -1991; Elevated to Archpriest, 1991; Departed this life, October 19, 2006)

“Well done, good and faithful servant.” (Matthew 25.21)

THE FUNERAL SERVICES of Retired Dean Fr Tofan, took place Monday-Wednesday at the Cathedral with hundreds of faithful, three dozen priests and deacons, the Archbishop and Vicar Bishop taking part. The Memorial Meal was offered by the Cathedral Parish as a loving gesture of appreciation for its former priest. We thank everyone who assisted in any way during the days of the funeral; and pray that the soul of Father will be welcomed in Paradise. Memory Eternal!


The Burial service at Vatra Romaneasca
Archbishop NATHANIEL exits the Cathedral
Some 40 priests and deasons participated

His Eminence, Archbishop NATHANIEL
Men of the parish kept vigil by reading Psalms
Bishop IRINEU served both saracuste

Prayer of Forgiveness
Frs Kopiestansky & Copacia offer a final kiss
Flowers filled the vestibule of the Cathedral

Frs Lazar & Braga give the final kiss
Former parishioners say farewell to their priest
Fr Tofan lies in state before the iconostas

Processing around the Cathedral
St George, Patron of the Cathedral watches over
Several hundred attended the pomana (mercy meal)

Fr Mihail (Filimon) of Ascension Monastery
"To the Lord belongs the earth & all that it holds."
Fr Romey Rosco reads the Gospel at the wake

"Purify me with hysop until I am clean..."
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