It was with great sadness that the St Mungo Singers joined family, friends and parishioners at St Joseph’s Clarkston on 2 September for the funeral of Phil McSherry, a much loved member for many years of the Bass section of the choir. They were only coming to terms with the sudden news of his diagnosis with terminal cancer, when the word came that he had died. St Joseph’s was packed for the funeral which was presided over by Fr Stephen Baillie who was joined by Fr Hugh O’Donnell.
In his homily Fr Stephen reflected on the readings for the Mass. The first was the well-known reading from Isaiah on the banquet being provided by God for all people and the destruction of death for ever. This, he said, was Phil’s faith. In the second reading , we are reminded that those who die in the Lord are blest because their good works go with them. This is a celebration of the journey of life. We often hear, said Fr Stephen, people asking what is the meaning of life. Faith is important at times such as this.
Both Fr Stephen and Phil’s daughter Karen, who spoke later, talked of Phil’s love of life, of family, of telling jokes, of music (He was a member of Common Time music group as well as the St Mungo Singers), and golf. He was also a man of strong values who did much work in the parish. Karen said he loved life and God. In retirement he was a “recycled teenager” and to the end he kept his sense of humour, asking the surgeon who gave him the bad news of his diagnosis, “does this mean I should sell my golf clubs”.
Phil will be much missed by his family and by the St Mungo Singers