I just found out George Tooker died earlier this year. Of all the modern painters, he was one of my favorite artists. I called him a couple of times, but he had a hard time hearing, though I intended to write him, I never did. I prayed very much for him and mostly united my prayer to his own, but I never got the sense he was dead.
I'm always the last one to know it seems. My dad's brother just died this past year and no one told me until recently - likewise, last year, I missed another uncle's funeral. I'm too reclusive I guess. I'm not complaining however.
Tooker was Catholic, coming into the Church not long after his partner died in 1973.
Vermonters can see his work in St. Francis of Assisi Church in Winsdsor. Tooker painted a large seven panel mural for the church in 1980 depicting the seven sacraments. A devout Catholic, Tooker's funeral was held at the church on April 8, 2011. - Source
George Tooker's conversion reminds me of another man I admire for his acceptance of Church teaching, Pier Vittorio Tondelli. (I wrote about him here.)