Deacon Henry Pitre, 93 years, of Moncton passed away at Auberge du Soleil Senior's Home, on Saturday, June 22, 2013. Born in Moncton September 3, 1919 he was the son of the late Joseph and Georgina (Cormier) Pitre.
Rev. Pitre was a Veteran of the second world war and served as a wireless operator with the Royal Corps of Signals until November 1946. He is a member of The Canadian Legion Branch #6.
In 1982 after being employed by Uniroyal limited for thirty three years, he elected early retirement to pursue his studies leading to his ordination to the Permanent Diaconate. His studies were done at CIC under Father Bernard Sloan who was a professor for six and a half years at the "Grand seminary de St. Sulpice in Montreal. He also did some studies during the summers at the Atlantic School of Theology and at The University of Cape Breton.
He was the first permanent Deacon to be ordained for the Archdiocese of Moncton by Archbishop Donat Chaisson on June 30, 1987.
He served as Associate Pastor at St. Augustines Parish from 1987 to 1993. Since then he has been ministering at St. Bernards Parish. He was a Fourth Degree Knight of Columbus and a Charter member of The Moncton Seniors Amateur Radio Club.
Survived by sons Gerard (Sharon) of Moose Jaw, Sask, and Kevin (Elly) of Kamloops BC; daughters Bernadette (Grant) Pohl of Moose Jaw, Sask, and Elaine (Guy) Theriault of Moncton, NB; sisters Mary Theresa of Thunder Bay, ON, and Muriel of Vancouver BC; brothers Paul (Jean), Edward (Dolores) both of Moncton; eleven grandchildren and nineteen great grandchildren.
Besides his parents he was predeceased by his first wife Sybil Fraser in 1960; his second wife Marjory (Parsons) Pitre in 2010; sister Eva in 2005; brothers Neri during the second world war and Jean Marie in 1998.
Visitation will be held at Tuttle Brothers Funeral Home, 171 Lutz St. on Tuesday June 25, 2013 from 2:00pm-4:00pm and 7:00pm-9:00pm. The Royal Canadian Legion Branch #6 will be holding a prayer service Tuesday at 3:50pm.
The Parish of St. Bernard's and the Knights of Columbus will be holding a prayer service at the funeral home Tuesday evening at 8:40pm.
The funeral mass will be held at St. Bernard's Roman Catholic Church, Botsford St. on Wednesday, June 26, 2013 at 10:00am with Father Allison Carroll officiating.
Interment will be in St. Joseph's Roman Catholic Cemetery.
The family wish to thank the entire staff of the Auberge de
Soleil Senior’s Home, especially to Nurse Gisele, Robert and
Michael. Your care and compassion will never be forgotten.
Arrangements have been entrusted to Tuttle Brothers Funeral Home, 171 Lutz Street Moncton, NB (506) 857-8564
Online condolences can be made at www.tuttlefuneralhome.ca