In Memoriam: Jim “Father Bingo” Corbett

“. . .  And remember the words of the Lord Jesus, that He said, ‘It is more blessed to give than to receive.”  Acts 20:35

With great sadness, we regret to announce that Jim Corbitt, a long-time parishioner and volunteer extraordinaire passed away earlier this week.   Jim was one of the most devoted and cherished volunteers ever known to the community of Saint Louise de Marillac.  Since 1987, he operated and managed the weekly Friday night bingo games here.  Prior to the pandemic’s untimely closing of the bingo program, his tireless efforts raised nearly $3 million dollars to benefit the parish school and other parish programs.  For his herculean efforts, he earned the well-deserved nickname “Father Bingo”.

For more than three decades, Jim could be found here every Friday night guiding the parent volunteers, greeting guests, and taking care of all the details required to run a successful program.  That wasn’t the end of his service though.  During the week he spent time reviewing the books, ordering supplies, working with vendors, repairing equipment and setting up for the next week.

Jim had just celebrated his 85th birthday and 45th wedding anniversary when he experienced a major health event that ultimately led to his passing.  Jim’s family legacy includes his loving wife, Sharon; two daughters, Candy and Janelle; two grandchildren, Steven and Jenna; and two great-grandchildren.  His youngest daughter, Janelle, is a graduate of St. Louise de Marillac School.

A celebration of Jim’s life will take place later when we can gather safely as a community to remember in gratitude the devotion and dedication that “Father Bingo” gave as an example to all.  In the meantime, condolence cards may be left at the parish office, care of Sharon Corbitt.

Jim gave far more than he ever received.  May he now rest in peace and be welcomed into the loving embrace of his Heavenly Father. Thank you Jim for the example of love and devotion you were for all of us.