St. Vincent De Paul Charity Staff Organizes Funeral for Lonely 82-year-old Man who Died on the Streets

82-year-old man Arpad Kiss, was unaware he was dying when he visited a Darwin St Vincent de Paul…
St. Vincent De Paul Charity Staff Organizes Funeral for Lonely 82-year-old Man who Died on the Streets

82-year-old man Arpad Kiss, was unaware he was dying when he visited a Darwin St Vincent de Paul charity shop, but he knew there was a problem. After requesting that the staff called an ambulance to help him, Arpad Kiss collapsed.

Some volunteers with knowledge of CPR made efforts to revive him, but all proved abortive.

Fay Gurr, the store manager revealed to ABC News Canberra:

That left a huge impression for our volunteers and me, to hear that story and know he came to Vinnies because he knew we would help.

Fay Gurr

Although the 82-year-old man was a stranger, Gurr couldn’t just ignore the connection she felt. She took it upon herself to learn more about the man, so she decided to get more information from the hospital he was rushed to.

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His name was revealed from Medical records and recollections from those who had one had dealings with him in the past. On learning that Kiss passed away without any friends or family to mourn him, Gurr deemed it fit ensure his passing was acknowledged.

During the behest of Gurr, St Vincent de Paul made arrangements for the cremation and funeral of Kiss. The burial of Kiss took place on the day he would have marked his 83rd birthday.

Bishop Charles Gauci at St Mary’s Cathedral in Darwin conducted the service with full honors.

I asked those present to imagine their own funeral one day and what they would like people to say about them, and how that really affects how we live now. We choose to do what is good and loving and virtuous, rather than the opposite. It was a good reflection for all of us, but also an expression of love and care for a fellow brother.

Bishop Gauci

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