Father William Lane 1926-2013

Irish-born priest was founding pastor of Everett parish

Father William Lane, who served several parishes in the Archdiocese of Seattle during his 63 years as a priest, died Oct. 19 in Tacoma. He was 86.

Father William LaneBorn in Ireland on Oct. 28, 1926, he was ordained to the priesthood by Archbishop Thomas A. Connolly on March 25, 1950.

After serving as an assistant at St. James Cathedral, Sacred Heart Parish in Tacoma and St. Joseph Parish in Chehalis, Father Lane became the founding pastor of St. Mary Magdalen Parish in Everett. He later served as pastor at Our Lady of the Lake Parish in Seattle, Our Lady of Fatima Parish in Seattle and St. Nicholas Parish in Gig Harbor.

As a senior priest, he helped at various parishes on the weekends, especially St. Thomas More in Lynnwood and Our Lady Queen of Heaven in Tacoma.

He was preceded in death by his sister, Sister De Pazzi; and brothers John, Tom, Mike and Patrick.

He is survived by a brother, Jim; sisters-in-law Maureen, Eileen, Teresa and Mary; and many nieces, nephews, grandnieces and grandnephews.

A vigil service will be held Sunday, Oct. 27, at 7 p.m. at Our Lady of Fatima Church, 3218 W. Barrett St. A funeral Mass will be celebrated Monday, Oct. 28, at 11 a.m. at Our Lady of Fatima, and a reception will follow in the school gym. The committal rite will take place at Calvary Cemetery following the reception.

Remembrances may be made to the archdiocesan Missions Office, 710 Ninth Ave., Seattle, WA 98104.

October 24, 2013