Danville reverend dies of natural causes at age 82


Long-time St. Isidore resident Rev. James Edmund Driscoll died Oct. 29 of natural causes at 82. Within the Danville congregation, Driscoll is known for his stirring Good Friday sermons.

The Rev. Driscoll was born on March 20, 1929, in San Francisco to Stephen J. Driscoll and Mary E. Cottrell Driscoll. He attended St. Anne's in San Francisco, Mt. Carmel Academy in Sausalito, St. John's in San Francisco and Mission Dolores in San Francisco. He entered St. Joseph's and St. Patrick's seminaries before being ordained a Catholic priest in 1955. He served in numerous parishes in the Bay Area, most recently serving at St. Isidore in Danville. Between parish assignments, he was appointed the Director of the Propagation of the Faith for the Oakland Diocese.

"He was famous for his preaching, he was a fabulous preacher," said Monsignor Daniel Cardelli, who serves as Rev. Driscoll's executor. "He was well informed on scripture, and on history and sports."

The Rev. Driscoll also enjoyed coaching and playing baseball, softball and basketball. He once said that the sports page of the newspaper held all the world's accomplishments.

He is survived by two nieces, one nephew, and numerous grand nieces and nephews.

A viewing will be held at 10 a.m., Wednesday, Nov. 2, at St. Isidore Catholic Church in Danville; Funeral Mass will commence at 11 a.m. Interment will be Holy Cross Catholic Cemetery, Colma. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society.


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Posted by collins
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on Nov 2, 2011 at 10:53 am

His wonderful Good Friday sermons are a fond memory for many.

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