Fr. Frank J. Ready, who had been Associate Chaplain for the Virginia Knights of Columbus for a decade, died on January 20, 2015 after an extended illness. He was 85 years old.
State Deputy Steve Burley's announcement regarding Fr. Ready's death can be found HERE.
Just a few days before his death, he was given the Robert D. Neary Award by the Virginia Knights of Columbus at the midyear meeting in Arlington. He was nominated for the award by three Virginia councils for which he was the founding/charter Chaplain: Fr. Vincent Sikora Council 7992; Ascension Council 9285; and Holy Spirit Council 11922. These three councils currently have more than 800 members among them, constituting over three percent of the state's membership, and they have produced at least five state deputies (Cy Alba, Tommy Harger, Frank Loughney, Skip Rogers and Ray Wycoff).
Fr. Ready was born on June 8, 1930 and was ordained in May 1959 in the Richmond Diocese (before creation of the separate Arlington Diocese). He joined the Knights of Columbus in January 1975. He was an Honorary Life Member, an Insurance member (Council 11922) and a member of the Fourth Degree (Commodore Barry Assembly 1163).
Fr. Ready's funeral was at Holy Spirit Church in Annandale, where 88 Fourth Degree Knights in full regalia served in the Honor Guard, including Vice Supreme Master Richie Head, District Master Tom Trudeau, Past District Masters Cy Alba and Tony Fortunato, and District Marshal David Todd, Sr.
Present and former state officers of the Virginia Knights of Columbus (Tommy Harger, Kelly Mortensen, Ron Gorman, Steve Burnley, Steve Raschke and Mike Gasper) served as pall bearers at the funeral Mass and at the burial at Fairfax Memorial Park. Bishop Paul Loverde, State Chaplain, was the principal celebrant at the Mass of Christian Burial, and more than a hundred priests concelebrated the Mass.