WETHERSFIELD – Father David W. Lonergan passed away at home on Dec. 20, 2014, surrounded by his family and friends.
He was born on March 6, 1935, in Waterbury, a son of John and Ellen (O’Connell) Lonergan. He graduated from Sacred Heart High School in Waterbury; St. Thomas Seminary in Bloomfield; St. Bernard’s Seminary in Rochester, N.Y.; and the American College in Louvain, Belgium.
A lifelong baseball player, he was an accomplished pitcher at St. Thomas Seminary and in Waterbury semi-professional leagues, at times competing against future major-leaguers.
He was ordained to the priesthood at Louvain in 1961 and served many parishes. He was appointed assistant pastor at St. Mary in Unionville in 1961 and appointed notary for the Metropolitan Tribunal in September 1965. He was named co-pastor of St. Pius X Parish in Wolcott in 1979 and administrator of St. Joseph in Waterbury in 1985. After serving as assistant pastor of St. Anthony in Prospect, he was named co-pastor of Corpus Christi in Wethersfield, which he continued to be after also becoming co-pastor of Sacred Heart in Wethersfield in 1995.
Father Longergan also was a chaplain at both the University of Hartford and Trinity College.
He began a medical leave in September 2008 and retired in 2010.
Auxiliary Bishop Emeritus Peter A. Rosazza celebrated a Mass of Christian Burial on Dec. 27 at Corpus Christi Church. Interment was to take place at a later date in in the new section of St. Joseph Cemetery in Waterbury.
Donations in his memory may be made to Franciscan Homecare and Hospice Care, 267 Finch Ave., Meriden, CT 06451