Victor Anthony Lampe, born June 13, 1935 in San Francisco, passed away on March 31, 2021.
Vic is survived by his wife of 48 years, Jane Louie Lampe, and his sister Theresa (Terry) DeBono-Caselton. He joins his predeceased parents Victor J. and Agnes Stephen Lampe and his brother Edward G. Lampe.
Vic worked for Anheuser Bush owned “The Bavarian Stein” a beer & pizza bar in SF and later served as a counselor at Hanna Boys Center in Sonoma. In 1960, Vic entered Holy Redeemer College, Oakland and took his vows in 1964 with the Congregation of the Most Holy Redeemer. He worked to serve the needs of migrant farm workers and parishes in the Midwest while studying to prepare for a lifetime of ministry with the Deaf and Hard of Hearing that began with his ordination in 1969 into the Congregation of the Most Holy Redeemer.
The Cursillo Movement in San Francisco found it’s home at St. Benedict’s Center and Vic was involved in the formation of Deaf and hearing lay leaders.
While working at St. Benedict Parish for the Deaf in San Francisco Vic met Jane Louie, and they married in 1972. Vic worked at the Millbrae Post Office for many years while continuing to serve the people at St. Benedict Parish in San Francisco through retreats, court interpreter, fundraising, summer camps, finding jobs for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing, finance manager, church custodian and Sunday Mass greeter, welcoming everyone with his big smile (“Smiling Vic” he was fondly called); he gave a sense of communion to all members and visitors.
In 1993, when the Planning Commission for the Archdiocese of San Francisco recommended that St. Benedict’s Parish move to the site of Saint Francis Xavier Church Vic was one of the bridges to new friendships that were created among the communities of the Deaf, the Japanese, and the members of Saint Francis Xavier Church. Vic impacted everyone’s life who had the privilege to know him.
He was proud to be a Native Son of the Golden West and found much joy cheering on the San Francisco 49ers and Giants.
A Eucharistic Celebration of Vic’s life will be held April 10, 2021 at 12:30PM at St. Benedict’s Parish with a limited number of family and friends attending due to covid restrictions. You are invited to participate Virtually the day of the Mass or watch the recorded service after by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org to receive the link and password.
Donations may be made in Vic’s name to St. Benedict Parish for the Deaf at St. Francis Xavier Church in San Francisco, 1801 Octavia St, San Francisco, CA 94109
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