Mary Bridget (’86), the eldest of the Neumayr children, delivered the first eulogy. “The reason our dad was such a fixed point, for us and for others, was, perhaps more than anything else, that he was a person of deep faith. He was a daily communicant for much of his life and could frequently be found in the chapel after Mass,” she reflected. “Drawing on his deep faith, he could analyze the most fundamental and deep questions and provide sound, prudent advice on the most challenging topics. While he had such a full life, and one that was so well-lived, he never lost sight of our ultimate goal of being with God in the next world.”
It was this deep faith, observed the second eulogist, TAC tutor Dr. Thomas J. Kaiser (’75), that not only led Dr. Neumayr to help found the College, but also attracted its first students. “Many of my friends and relatives had gone to Catholic colleges and lost their faith, so my parents and I were wondering whether going to college was a good idea at all,” recalled Dr. Kaiser. “But Dr. Neumayr was invited to come and talk about the College. He spoke about what true Catholic liberal education is, and how faith can illumine reason. … After hearing him speak, I thought that although I didn’t really know much about the program at Thomas Aquinas College, I could learn something from him. I not only became a member of the first class, I have been teaching at the College for 40 years, So, it’s no exaggeration to say that meeting Dr. Neumayr changed my life.”
With the conclusion of the Requiem Mass, the Neumayrs and their fellow congregants escorted the casket to the waiting hearse, accompanied by the plaintive tones of bagpipes played by Thomas Neumayr, one of 12 grandchildren. From there, the casket was taken to Pearce Brothers Cemetery in nearby Santa Paula for the Rite of Burial. When Fr. Sebastian had blessed the gravesite, Mrs. Neumayr and her children laid their husband and father to rest, to the gentle sounds of plainchant and birdsong.