The first permanent deacon known to die of the virus was a Franciscan friar in Washington, D.C., John-Sebastian Laird-Hammond.
Now, word today of the death of a deacon in the Diocese of Rockville Centre:
It is with deep sadness that we inform you of the death of Deacon James McQuade (1984, St. Matthew, Dix Hills), who passed away this morning from complications related to the coronavirus. Let us join together in prayer for the repose of his soul and the comfort of his family.
From the pastor, on the parish website:
He had been diagnosed as suffering from the effects of the Covid-19 virus. We express our deepest condolences to his wife Marie and his family.
To anyone who knows St. Matthew’s Parish, his absence will be hard to imagine. He served here as a Permanent Deacon for decades and his style, manner, humor, and humility were one-of-a-kind.
I will miss him deeply.
Due to the public health crisis, public funeral arrangements are not possible at this time.
Please pray for him and all those who love him.
Eternal rest grant unto him, O Lord, and let perpetual light shine upon him…