A bartender and a saint [Letter]

December 24, 2013

It isn't every day you get to see someone remembered in an obituary as a bartender and a saint, but for George Thompson the words apply.

The Sun's obituary left out the "saint" part, but I can assure your readers that the description is entirely appropriate ("George F. Thompson," Dec. 20).

For almost 30 years George served as a volunteer at Our Daily Bread. Taking the bus, usually two or three times a week, he brought a deep sense of doing for others as he chopped the salad, mixed the vegetables or did whatever else needed to be done.

He sought no recognition for his work, content in the knowledge that God knew of his faith and commitment. George walked the talk of the Gospels and humbled all of us who were privileged to know him and see him live his faith. He was truly a treasure of Our Daily Bread.

Hal Smith

The writer is a former director of Catholic Charities of Baltimore.

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