Updated: November 02, 2019 11:32 PM
Created: November 01, 2019 05:19 PM
HERKIMER, N.Y. (AP) - An 82-year-old Catholic priest died in flood waters in central New York after a night of torrential rain and wind gusts of up to 70 mph.
State police on Friday identified the flood victim in the Herkimer County town of Norway as Thomas Connery of the Schenectady County town of Glenville.
The Diocese of Albany said Connery was pastor of Immaculate Conception church in Glenville from 1990-2007 and had recently been assigned to two churches in Herkimer County.
Troopers say Connery was swept away when he left his car after it got stuck on a flooded road Thursday night.
More than 140,000 customers remained without power in New York Friday afternoon.
High waters washed out roads around the state and forced scattered evacuations.
Bishop Edward Scharfenberger released the following statement on Connery's death:
"We are so saddened to learn of Father Thomas Connery's tragic death, but we know that he died as he lived — serving the people of God without fear or concern for himself. Father Connery was a devoted priest who served faithfully for 56 years and just weeks ago had accepted a new assignment as sacramental minister for Sts. Anthony and Joseph Church in Herkimer as well as St. John the Baptist in Newport. May he rest in peace, and may his family be comforted by the faith that served as Father Connery's strength and foundation throughout his life of ministry."
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