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Fr William Thomas Larkin
Birth: Mar. 31, 1923
Mount Morris
Livingston County
New York, USA
Death: Nov. 4, 2006
Pinellas County
Florida, USA

Bishop Emeritus W. Thomas Larkin, who led the St. Petersburg diocese through a decade of explosive growth and was a friend of the late pope, died at his Clearwater home about 1:50 a.m. Saturday (Nov. 4, 2006) after a long battle with leukemia. He was 83.

He was born in Mt. Morris, New York to William Larkin and Julia Beuerlin Larkin. After completing high school, he enrolled in St. Andrew College Seminary in Rochester, New York to begin his studies for the priesthood. After graduating from St. Andrew's, the future bishop of St. Petersburg went on to study theology at St. Bernard Seminary also in Rochester.

Bishop Larkin, who was the seminary roommate of the late Pope John Paul II, was appointed by the pope as the second bishop of the burgeoning Diocese of St. Petersburg, serving from 1979 through 1988.

Bishop Larkin was a staunch advocate of closer ecumenical relationships with Greek Orthodox and various Protestant denominations, the Episcopal Diocese of Southwest Florida and the Jewish community. In the spring of 1988, he and the late Episcopal Bishop E. Paul Haines received an award from the National Conference of Christians and Jews for their ecumenical endeavors.

William Thomas Larkin grew up in Mount Morris, N.Y., outside Rochester, where his father published the Union, a weekly newspaper, by himself. His parents, William and Julia, attended Mass every day.

Bishop Larkin Catholic School opened its doors as West Pasco Catholic School in August of 1989 on the grounds of St. James the Apostle Parish in Port Richey. The name changed to Bishop Larkin Catholic School to honor Bishop Emeritus Thomas Larkin of the Diocese of St. Petersburg.

He is survived by a sister Clarice Larkin of Pinellas County, Florida.

(Information from many Sources: St Petersburg Times and Catholic web site) 
Family links: 
  William Larkin
  Julia Beuerlin Larkin
  William Thomas Larkin (1923 - 2006)
  Clarice A Larkin (1926 - 2010)*
*Calculated relationship
Saint Patricks Cemetery
Mount Morris
Livingston County
New York, USA
Plot: Family Plot, Next To His Parents And Sister.
Created by: J.A. & D.S.
Record added: Nov 09, 2006
Find A Grave Memorial# 16562930
Fr William Thomas Larkin
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I am looking for some more of my family. I am Linda Larkin Roitsch on facebook. My 2nd great grandpa was Augustus C. Larkin born in New York died in Texas. My great grandpa was Alfred M. Larkin born in New York died in Texas
- Linda Larkin
 Added: Apr. 3, 2016
It Was You, O God, Who Made Your Servant Bishop Larkin, A Successor Of The Apostles By Raising Him To The Episcopal Order. May He Also Be Associated With Them Forever. We Ask This Through Our Lord, Jesus Christ, Your Son. Amen.
- Eman Bonnici
 Added: Jul. 20, 2011

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 Added: Sep. 17, 2009
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