Obituary of Rev. Thomas J. Vail
LITTLE FALLS – The Rev. Thomas J. Vail, went home to his Lord and Savior at the age of 92, on Monday morning, April 22, 2019, just after the Easter Holiday in Little Falls,
Father Vail was born January 21, 1927, in Little Falls,
After a year as assistant pastor in St. Mary’s Parish in
When Bishop Edmund Broderick was installed as the new Bishop of the Albany Diocese in May of 1969, Father Vail was appointed his secretary and assistant Vicar General of the Diocese. He served in that office until 1973 when he was appointed Pastor of St. Gabriel’s Parish in
He is survived by his brother, Maurice Vail, who resides in Bay Village, Ohio; his sisters, Sr. Kathleen Vail, C.S.J., who resides in Latham, New York and Joan Vogt, who resides in Little Falls, New York; and his brother-in-law, William Gressler, who resides in Little Falls, New York. He is also survived by many nieces, nephews and cousins.
Besides his parents, he was predeceased by his brother, Richard Vail; his sister, Kathleen Gressler; sister-in-law, Mary Vail; and brother-in-law, Edwin Vogt.
A Funeral Mass of Resurrection will be celebrated at the
Those wishing are asked to consider a donation in memory of Father Thomas Vail to the Holy Family Parish in Little Falls,
Father Vail’s wishes have been carried out with the assistance of The Enea Family Funeral Home,
On the day of his first mass, Father Vail offered this prayer. May it follow him to eternal life:
“Only pray for me, that God would
give me both inward and outward
strength, that I may not only say, but
do; that I may not only be called
priest, but be found one.”