Rev. William M. Giblin

Star Ledger, via
May 16, 2011

Rev. William M. Giblin Obituary


Rev. William M. Giblin, 79, of Msgr. Kelly Residence for retired priests in Caldwell, N.J., entered eternal life on Friday, May 13, at Villa Marie Claire Hospice in Saddle River, N.J. There will be a viewing from 9 to 11 a.m. at Holy Rosary in Edgewater, N.J., on Wednesday, May 18, 2011, followed by the Mass of Christian Burial at 11 a.m. Burial will be at Gate of Heaven Cemetery in East Hanover, N.J. For condolences, directions, or information, visit or call (201) 944-0100. Born on April 28, 1932, in Newark, N.J., Father Giblin was ordained in 1959. He served as an associate of Our Lady Queen of Peace, North Arlington, N.J., from 1959 to 1960, and at St. Mary, Rutherford from 1960 to 1961. Assigned to Seton Hall Prep in 1961, Father Giblin taught religion and history, was athletic director and became headmaster from 1969 to 1980. He remained as a teacher until 1988, served one year at St. Peter the Apostle in River Edge, and then became the pastor of St. Joseph Parish in East Orange from 1989 to 2000. He moved to Holy Rosary, Edgewater, on July 1, 2000, when he retired. After moving to the Kelly Residence, he continued as a weekend assistant at Holy Rosary until 2010. In all of his assignments, Father Bill focused on serving people and shared the life of Christ with them in every aspect of his priestly ministry. His 52 years of service are best described by two words he himself frequently used: mission and family." In all of his liturgical celebrations, preaching and counseling, Father Bill's attention was given to persons rather than to things or institutions. Father Giblin is survived by his beloved nieces, Catherine and Deborah, and nephews, Donald, William and David, and by his brother-in-law, Donald and his wife, Maria, and all of the parish families and countless friends who loved him. In lieu of flowers donations may be made to Holy Rosary Church, Edgewater. 

Published in Star-Ledger on May 16, 2011














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