Last Tuesday, on the day that President George W. Bush gave his State of the Union Address and Florida Gov. Jeb Bush's daughter was charged with prescription fraud, something monumental happened here on Long Island. The Most Rev. John Raymond McGann, bishop of the Diocese of Rockville Centre, died at the age of 77 ["A Humble Man," Jan. 29]. The second bishop of Rockville Centre, McGann was installed in 1976, succeeding bishop Walter P. Kellenberg. Day after day and year after year, McGann reached out to his flock of parishioners - to millions of Roman Catholics from Elmont to Shelter Island. He was equally tireless in his interfaith efforts. He was a friend of my family's for 40 years. I first met McGann when I was 6 years old, when he was Msgr. McGann at St. Agnes Cathedral in Rockville Centre. He was a people's priest, and I never thought he aspired to a higher office, but when called upon to be bishop of Rockville Centre he stepped up to the plate. He was as at home working a room as he was on the altar. He was witty, charismatic and had an uncanny knack for matching a name to a face. Always. I believe the day he was ordained a priest was the happiest day of his life, and he spent a lifetime doing what he loved. We grieve for Bishop John McGann. He will be greatly missed.