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June 18, 2018

It is with heavy hearts we share with you the passing of William Cohea, Jr. Just before noon on Monday June 18, Bill passed away peacefully surrounded by loved ones.

Wearing a Greek fisherman’s hat and smoking a pipe, Bill loved to greet guests at his beloved Columcille. Bill created Columcille as a ‘salon by the side of the road’ where ‘tired sinners and reluctant saints’ could drop by and share their experiences and ideas. During a visit to the Isle of Iona, Bill was inspired to create a sacred open space to welcome people of all faiths and traditions interested in renewal and transformation.  Bill named this sacred place Columcille after the 6th century Irish monk who founded a monastic community on Iona.

Most of us would not think a visit to Kirkridge was complete without a stroll through Columcille. Bill surely will be remembered for his fascinating life, vision of spiritual inclusion and hearty laugh.   

No information regarding a memorial service has been announced. See the website for Columcille for further details.


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