Reverend Thomas Paul Diab died May 9, 2007 in Shreveport, La. Father Diab was born on July 20, 1945 to Janet (Vine) and Paul Diab in Fremont, Ohio. He was a retired Major/Catholic Chaplain of the United States Air Force. He leaves behind his dear mother, Janet Diab of Gibsonburg, Ohio, brothers Gene (Anita) Diab in Valdemaro, Spain; George (Judy) Diab in Findley, Ohio, Mark Diab in Plymouth, Michigan and sisters Cheryl (David) McCahon in Chagrin Falls, Ohio, Tina (Bruce) Hickman in Elmore, Ohio and Nancy (David) Kaminski in Sylvania, Ohio. He also leaves ten nieces and nephews and countless caring friends.
Father Diab was an esteemed priest whose life was dedicated to his Church, his country, his family, and his past and current parishioners. A priest ordained for the Diocese of San Angelo, Texas, his bishops, Bishop Joseph A. Fiorenza and Bishop Michael D. Pfeifer, OMI, graciously granted him permission to serve as an Air Force chaplain beginning in 1980. Father Diab served as chaplain in a variety of stateside bases and was deployed three times to Southeast Asia, and once to Alaska. Additionally, he served at a number of overseas locations.
In the Diocese of San Angelo, he served at Sacred Heart Cathedral in San Angelo from July 30, 1971 to May 21, 1973 and at Sacred Heart Church in Abilene from May 22, 1973 to May 1, 1976.
Visitation will be held Monday, May 14, 2007 at Herman-Kinn-Veh Funeral Home, in Gibsonburg, Ohio from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. A Funeral Mass will be celebrated at St. Michael’s Church in Gibsonburg on Tuesday, May 15 at 10:30 a.m. A public reception will follow in the church hall. Burial will be at St. Lawrence Cemetery in Gibsonburg. A Memorial Mass will be celebrated at St. Jude’s Church in Bossier City, La. area for Father Tom at a future time. Many people from the Barksdale Air Force Base where Father Tom last served as a chaplain will be in attendance.
A special Memorial Mass will be offered by Bishop Michael Pfeifer, OMI for the repose of the soul of Father (Major) Thomas Diab at Christ the King Retreat Center in San Angelo, Texas on Friday, May 18, 2007 at 11:00 a.m.
Donations in memory of Father Diab can be made to St. Jude’s Church, 3800 Viking Drive, Bossier City, La 71111 or St. Michael’s Church, 317 E. Madison, Gibsonburg, Ohio 43431.