Friar Flashback

Br. Linus Border, OFM: “A master of small things”

1932-2006

No one took greater pride in a spotless shirt than Br. Linus, manager of the laundry room at Duns Scotus College in Southfield, Mich. “The school would not have functioned without him,” says his former guardian, Fr. Frank Jasper. Linus was a stickler for details – he was famous for letters to the editor citing newspaper mistakes – and a master of small things. The chores he accomplished, from keeping shelves stocked to filling salt shakers to driving seniors to the doctor, kept Linus busy from sunup to sundown. He did it all with such grace and good humor that his passing left a hole in the heart of his friar community. Obsessed with baseball in general and the Detroit tigers in particular, Linus was buried with his most prized possession, a home run baseball hit by Kirk Gibson.

 

 

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