The Monk, Father Ephraim George Thompson, age 95, departed this life peacefully on Tuesday, January 27th, at 12:40 PM. Less than an hour before, he had received Holy Unction, Confession, and Communion. Glory to Jesus Christ! Known at St. Herman House, throughout Ohio City, and the Greater Cleveland community as "Father Happy," he never disappointed those who greeted him. Whenever asked, "How are you Father Ephraim?" he would always reply, "Happy in the Lord." And indeed he was, is, and will always be in the age to come.
Services for Fr. Ephraim George will be held at the St. Vladimir Ukrainian Orthodox Cathedral, 5913 State Road, Cleveland, OH 44134 [PH (440) 886-3252].
Visitation: Friday, Jan. 30th, 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM
Parastas (Memorial Prayers) will be celebrated at 7:30 PM during the Visitation. The body will lie in state at St. Vladimir through the night and those faithful who are able will be encouraged to keep vigil by reading the Psalms.
The Funeral Service: Saturday, January 31st, at 9:30 AM, followed by interment at St. Theodosius Russian Cemetery, 8200 Biddulph Road, Cleveland, OH 44144
In lieu of flowers, we are asking that memorial gifts be sent to:
St. Herman's FOCUS Cleveland
PO Box 932612
Cleveland, OH 44193