In memoriam


Father Gaudencio “Gaudy” Pugat


A funeral Mass will be celebrated for Father Gaudencio “Gaudy” Pugat, a priest of the Society of the Divine Word, on Monday, Jan. 2, 2023, in his native Philippines. Father Pugat, 64, died on Monday, Dec. 26, 2022.

Father Pugat served in the Diocese of Richmond for over 10 years. His first pastorate was at Holy Family in southwest Virginia (which consists of the parishes of St. Theresa, Tazewell; St. Mary, Richlands: St. Elizabeth, Pocahontas; St. Joseph, Grundy) from 2006 until 2011. He then served as pastor of Church of the Holy Family, Virginia Beach, from 2011 until his return to the Philippines in 2017.

Ernest S. Sorady


A funeral Mass was celebrated for Ernest S. Sorady, father of Deacon Daniel Sorady, at St. Matthew, Virginia Beach, on Friday, Dec. 30, 2022. Mr. Sorady, 88, died on Sunday, Dec. 25.

A native of Brooklyn, NY, Mr. Sorady spent many years in Medford, NY, and Port St. Lucie, FL, before moving to Virginia Beach. He served in the United States Navy and was a veteran of the Korean War.

Mr. Sorady is survived by his children, “Skip” (Joanne) Sorady, Deacon Daniel (Cathy) Sorady, Donna (Jeff) Fisher, Kevin (Debbie) Sorady, Thomas (Ada) Sorady, and John (Karen) Sorady; 15 grandchildren; 18 great-grandchildren; and numerous cousins, nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his wife of 59 years, Rosemary “Rosie” Sorady; parents, Anne and Ernest Sorady; brother, Jack Sorady; and son-in-law, Jeff Fisher.

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