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Prayer request: Florida deacon, wife killed in car crash

Deacon Greg Kandra - published on 12/14/16

Please remember this couple and their loved ones in your prayers. Details: 

A Rockledge couple with ties to two Brevard County Catholic churches were killed Monday in a traffic crash near the center of the University of Florida campus in Gainesville. The deadly crash happened about 9:52 a.m. Monday near the intersection of SW 34th Street and SW 20th Avenue, according to the Gainesville Police Department, the agency investigating the accident. The couple, Eugene O’Hern, 73, and Carol O’Hern, 75, attended Blessed Sacrament Catholic Church in Cocoa where he was a deacon assisting with the needs of members. Eugene O’Hern also worked at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Rockledge as the finance director. Parish members were stunned at the news and said the couple worked to serve others. “I heard the news yesterday afternoon. I was shocked,” said Father Mark Sarniewicz of Blessed Sacrament Catholic Church. “He was very active in the community, very good, very helpful. We will miss them so much.” O’Hern also had tied to the Florida Institute of Technology where he worked as an adjunct professor in aviation for at least seven years. He also was employed in the university’s accounting department where he took over as accounting manager in July 2004. Police said both Carol O’Hern and her husband Eugene O’Hern, who was in the passenger seat, were pronounced dead at the scene. Investigators were trying to determine if O’Hern was attempting to make a U-turn. “It’s possible. But we may never know. It was either a left turn or a U-turn,” said Officer Ben Tobias, a spokesman for the Gainesville Police Department.

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Eternal rest grant unto them, O Lord, and let perpetual light shine upon them … 

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