United in death, they were good men in life

United in death, they were good men in life

On Monday there was an industrial accident in Boston when a construction scaffold fell off a building onto busy Boylston Street downtown. Two men on the scaffold were killed as was a doctor driving in his car on the street below. Several others were injured.

Today’s Boston Globe has profiles of the men and the doctor, Michael Ty, is an interesting fellow. He was a neurology resident at Brigham and Woman’s Hospital as well as a postdoctoral fellow. In addition that, as if that wasn’t time-consuming enough, he was a co-founder with his wife Robin of a Catholic theater company that put on a play about Edith Stein recently (Melanie had seen it.) Ty was a devout Catholic who studied ethics and theology at the Angelicum in Rome after finishing medical school. It was in Rome that he met Robin, who happens to be a graduate of Franciscan University of Steubenville. Her maiden name is Crotty and I think I went to school with several of her siblings. He was only 28.

The other two deceased men Romildo Silva, a Brazilian immigrant who was working two jobs so that his wife and 3-year-old son could join him in the US, and Robert Beane, 41, who despite working in Boston lived in western Massachusetts to take care of his elderly and ailing mother, commuting several hours every day for work.

I’m sure they weren’t perfect men—who is in this world of sinners?—but they seem like good men. Their families’ loss is our loss. May the souls of the faithful departed, through the mercy of God, rest in peace.

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Domenico Bettinelli