Sargent Shriver Funeral

January 22, 2011 by USA Post 

Sargent Shriver Funeral, (AP) – R. Sargent Shriver was honored Saturday as much for his passion to help others embrace his love and enjoyment of baseball. Shriver, who served his brother-in-law John F. promise Kennedy campaign starting with the Peace Corps, the organization has developed to help an international force. Others who have worked to help others through charities were among the hundreds Shriver honored at a funeral Mass at Our Lady of Mercy parish church family Shriver in Potomac, Maryland

Former President Bill Clinton, first lady Michelle Obama, the U2 singer Bono and Wyclef Jean were among those present, as well as family members and Kennedy Shriver. One by one, some of Shriver 19 grandchildren read the short memories of their grandfather, recalling his passion for helping people, his caresses and his love of baseball.

Donald Cardinal Wuerl of the Archdiocese of Washington said Shriver grandchildren to live with the same courage and strength and his late wife Shriver, Special Olympics founder Eunice Kennedy Shriver. Wuerl spoke of the legacy Shriver and the belief that the world could be filled with peace, compassion and love. “Ask your parents tell you stories. Read what your grandfather wrote,” Wuerl said. “When you think of it, rejoice in the legacy he has given you.”

Shriver son, Anthony Shriver, welcomed the guests before the Mass began, jokes and honor his father.

“He loved everybody, all the different types of people from all different backgrounds,” said Anthony Shriver.

And he recalled one of his last conversations with his father. He said his father told him: “You say to Cardinal Wuerl Eunice a saint!” The crowd laughed.

Wyclef Jean plays piano and sings “All the ends of the Earth” as guests, including family Shriver beat long. Later, Vanessa Williams sang “Soon and very soon.”

Shriver other children also spoke of the legacy of their father. Tim Shriver – now president and CEO of Special Olympics – said her father never cared for children, but “we coach to continue the great, big ideas.”

“Sarge” Shriver never chose to see the world as jaded and broken, “said Tim Shriver. Instead, he saw it as “imbued with the spirit of God. Awe break at any moment. ”

He encouraged others to see the world how his father. “I hope you also do a bit of” Sarge “in you”

Maria Shriver, former NBC reporter and husband of former California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger said his family took comfort in “knowing that Dad is in heaven with God and Mom.”

Although he was a visionary who hoped for a better world, Shriver also had a whimsical side. He was a storyteller in the old Irish “never let the facts get in the way of a good story,” said Mark Shriver.

Sargent Shriver is a businessman and lawyer from a prominent family of Maryland. His wife died in 2009 at age 88.

Shriver will be buried later Saturday in the same cemetery as his wife in Hyannis, Massachusetts

Sargent Shriver was the running mate former Senator George McGovern in the presidential election in 1972, but the Democrats lost in a landslide to President Richard M. Nixon. In 1994, Shriver received the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the highest civilian honor.

His son Anthony recalled the day his father received this honor, addressing former President Clinton.

“I will never forget it to the White House and looking at him and giving him one of those big hugs Bill Clinton, and my father turn against you with a big smile on his face and looks at you and giving that Sarge Shriver and hug you wrap this medal around his neck, he said. “Wow, he was raised that day.”

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