A monsignor at Our Lady of Mercy Roman Catholic Church in Forest Hills died after being found at the bottom of a pool at his Long Island home.
Gerald Langelier, 78, was discovered unresponsive just before 5 p.m. last Friday.
First responders included Sufolk County police and members of the Southold Fire Department. Unable to resuscitate him, they transported him to Eastern Long Island Hospital and he was pronounced dead on arrival.
Langelier was well-known in the community since he had served as a priest at Our Lady of Mercy for more than 30 years.
A representative of the church was unable to comment on Langelier’s death but outside reports say his funeral will take place on July 29 at 10:30 a.m. at OLM, the church he served for so long.
“I didn’t know him really well,” one woman said on her way home from church. “I knew him from church and he always seemed so nice and kind. I can’t believe that he died like that, it’s almost unbelievable.”