On the night before he died, Jesus said, “Do not let your hearts be troubled. Trust in God, trust also in me. In my Father’s House there are many mansions. I go to prepare a place for you and I will come again and take you to myself, so that where I am, there you will be also.” Late Tuesday night, in the deepening twilight, Jesus came quietly into Richard’s room where he was sleeping peacefully. He took him gently by the hand and said, “Rise up my son and do not be afraid. I am taking you to your new home, your eternal home, our eternal home.” Holding him tightly in his loving arms, Jesus and Richard, surrounded by angel’s and family members who had gone on before, traversed the skies over Titusville, and then into the mystical and vast expanse of interstellar space until they reached The Heavenly Precincts of God’s Home and Eternal Kingdom. Though family and friends are heart-broken, they know their beloved Richard is one with God and is now enjoying the fullness of Joy, and the fullness of Love. As he once watched over us here, he will now watch over us from Heaven. Although Richard is now one with God and Love, he will ever remain one with those who love him. One of his favorite verses gives us strength to proceed: “Those we love and lose are no longer where they were, but wherever we go there they are.”
Father J. Richard Pobjecky, 79, passed away peacefully on August 6, 2019, surrounded by his loving family in Titusville, Florida. Born in Erie, Pennsylvania, January 6, 1940, to the late Kathryn and Arthur Pobjecky. Richard was raised in Winter Haven, Fl. He graduated from St. Leo’s Prep School in Dade City and later attended Spring Hill College in Mobile, Alabama. In 1961, he entered La Grande Chartreuse Monastery in France, where he remained for ten years and was ordained to the priesthood. In 1971, he returned to the United States, where he served parishes in Virginia, Mississippi and Florida. Father Richard served St. Gabriel’s Episcopal Church in Titusville, Florida, for 31 ½ years.
Richard will be greatly missed by his wife Judith; daughters: Brenda Colon, Sharon Cheatham, Susan Doherty and Katy Eld; sons: Charlie Pobjecky and Chris Pobjecky; brothers: David, Robert and Tom; sister, Ann; seventeen grandchildren, fifteen great-grandchildren and one great-great-grandchild.
Services will be held Saturday, August 10, 2019, at 11:00 am at St. Gabriel’s Episcopal Church.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made in his name to St. Gabriel’s Episcopal Church, VITAS Hospice or Hospice of St. Francis.
Hospice of St. Francis
1250 Grumman Place, Titusville FL 32780