Burbank priest Signey dies

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first_imgBURBANK — Funeral Masses will be celebrated Wednesday and Thursday for the Rev. Lawrence Signey, who served at St. Robert Bellarmine Roman Catholic Church. Signey, 45, died Saturday after a short illness. “He was very much a ‘people’ priest,” parishioner Bob Wyar said. “He had a great sense of humor and made you feel at ease. “His mission, when he became our parish priest, was that all are welcome. He was a breath of fresh air and he ignited a fire in this community.” Wyar said Signey, who had been assigned to the church nearly five years, preached to the congregation as if he were talking to each parishioner individually. He was also known for his eclectic musical tastes and enthusiasm for the latest technological gadget. “He was extremely an extrovert, a very dynamic and good man,” said Carol Gallagher, the church’s director of religious education. “He gave great homilies. You never left church without a smile on your face when he was preaching. There is no one like him.” Lawrence Signey was born April 4, 1961, in Durham, England, and was raised in Long Beach. He developed an interest in a religious vocation when he was in first grade. He later attended Queen of Angels High School Seminary in Mission Hills and graduated from St. John Theologate in Camarillo. He also earned a degree in counseling psychology in 1993 from Mount St. Mary’s College in Los Angeles. Signey was ordained in June 1987. Previously, he served at Holy Family Roman Catholic Church in Glendale, as dean of students at Queen of Angels High School and at St. Bede the Venerable in La Ca ada Flintridge. Signey is survived by two brothers, Phillip and Andrew; a sister, Elizabeth King; and several nieces and nephews. A funeral Mass will be celebrated at 7 p.m. Wednesday at St. Robert Bellarmine Roman Catholic Church, 133 N. Fifth St., Burbank. A second Mass will be celebrated at 9:30 a.m. Thursday at the Cathedral of Our Lady of the Angels, 555 W. Temple St., Los Angeles. Signey will be buried at All Souls Cemetery, 400 Cherry Ave., Long Beach. [email protected] (818) 713-3708last_img

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