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Priest drowns at Seneca Marina

Police chief says foul play not suspected

Published: Monday, Aug. 12, 2013 12:23 p.m. CST

SENECA, Ill. — A 73-year-old priest drowned at Mariners' Village and Marina in Seneca Friday.

Fr. Thomas Enright of Wauconda had a summer home at the marina, said Seneca Police Chief Ray Meglan.

Enright was found "floating in the water at the docks by someone driving out of there," said Meglan.

At first the onlooker thought it was some sort of trick, but upon a closer look they discovered it was a person in the water, he said.

An autopsy showed the man drowned, but foul play is not suspected. Meglan said the victim had medical issues, including being diabetic. Toxicology results will not be in for a few weeks.

According to the obituary in the Chicago Tribune, Father Enright was an Associate Pastor at St. Mary of the Woods Church in Chicago, St. Theresa Church in Palatine, St. Joseph Church in Wilmette, and Our Lady of Ransom in Niles. In addition, he was a former pastor of St. Alphonsus in Lemont and Transfiguration Church in Wauconda.

Those wanting to give memorials can do so to the Priest Retirement and Mutual Aid Association, 4951 Harrison St., Hillside, IL 60162, or to Our Lady of Ransom Church, or Juvenile Diabetes Research, 11 S. LaSalle Street, Suite 1800, Chicago, IL 60603.

Visitation will be from 3 to 9 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 13, at Our Lady of Ransom, with a vigil at 7 p.m. The funeral is at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, Aug. 14, at Our Lady of Ransom Church, 8300 Greenwood Ave., Niles.

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