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The Passing of Monsignor Bob McDermott ’60

February 17, 2019: Today, Camden Catholic lost one of our most loyal, dedicated and inspiring alumni, faculty, Board members and coaches: Monsignor Bob McDermott ’60. No words can describe the immensity of Msgr. McDermott’s impact on the Camden Catholic community, from his days as a student to his leadership once he was ordained and returned home to CCHS. The seeds he planted through The Joseph Fund and at St. Joe’s Pro-Cathedral School and Parish continue to flourish as students continue to be provided the privilege of attending CCHS thanks to his planning. Last year CCHS dedicated the Collaborative Learning Lab in his name. The plaque inscription is below. Our hearts and prayers are with the McDermott, Campbell and O’Donnell families as well as Monsignor’s very large extended family at SJP, CCHS basketball, CCHS Class of 1960 and so many others. We will continue to be inspired by you, Monsignor, and to carry the torch which you lit in so many of us. May we all aspire to be the person who you were.

Monsignor Bob McDermott Collaborative Learning Lab:
“Father Bob” as most friends refer to him, is one of Camden Catholic’s most loyal champions. Whether in the classroom, on the bench of his cherished Irish basketball team, or celebrating Mass with our students and alumni, Monsignor McDermott has provided Camden Catholic with decades of leadership and mentorship. His work within the city of Camden at St. Joseph Pro-Cathedral parish and school, has blossomed into The Joseph Fund, encompassing the St. Joseph Carpenter Society, Lifting Up Camden’s Youth, The Romero Center, Joseph’s House, and a Child Development Center. The legacy of Father Bob lives on in thousands of Camden Catholic students and alumni who are fortunate to have been blessed by his presence in their lives.