Hundreds say goodbye to Monsignor Tom Hartman
Hundreds of people attended funeral services Saturday for Monsignor Tom Hartman, the beloved and inspirational priest from "The God Squad."
The funeral was held at the Church of St. Aidan in Williston Park, followed by a burial at Holy Rood Cemetery in Westbury.
Monsignor Tom died Tuesday after a 16-year battle with Parkinson's disease. He was 69.
The Emmy-award winning priest and author may be best known for teaching religious tolerance with Rabbi Marc Gellman as "The God Squad," which they started at News 12 in 1987. As co-hosts of the show, the two brought their message of tolerance to millions.
His brother, John Hartman, says Monsignor Tom touched many lives and healed many hearts with his selfless spirit.
"People energized him, they didn't exhaust him...and he made such a difference for so many people," Hartman says.