MACNEIL, Fa­ther Joe Am­brose

Cape Breton Post - - Obituaries/Games -

Fa­ther Joe Am­brose MacNeil died peace­fully at the pal­lia­tive unit of the Syd­ney Re­gional Hos­pi­tal on Sun­day, Au­gust 6, 2017, at the age of 83. Born in Syd­ney, he was a son of the late Michael Am­brose MacNeil and Florence MacInnis.

Fa­ther Joe grew up in Syd­ney, Cape Bre­ton, at­tend­ing Syd­ney Academy, Xavier Ju­nior Col­lege and St. Fran­cis Xavier Univer­sity (BA). He con­tin­ued his stud­ies at the Univer­sity Sem­i­nary in Ot­tawa and at the Ur­ban Col­lege in Rome.

He was or­dained in Rome on De­cem­ber 20, 1959 and served the church in the Dio­cese of Antigo­nish teach­ing at St. Fran­cis Ju­nior Col­lege (1962-1972), and in the parishes of Holy Rosary, West­mount (1971-1972), St. Mary, Port Morien (1972-1975), St. Ninian Parish, Antigo­nish (1975), St. Pa­trick, Lochaber (1976-1980), St. An­thony Daniel, Syd­ney (1980-1981), Im­mac­u­late Con­cep­tion, Syd­ney Mines (1981-1989), St. Theresa, Syd­ney (1990-1996), and St. An­drew, Boisdale (1996-2002). He also served as Ad­vo­cate and later Judge for the Hal­i­fax Re­gional Tri­bunal, as well as serv­ing on sev­eral Dioce­san Com­mit­tees. Af­ter he re­tired, he en­joyed help­ing out in pas­toral min­istry in var­i­ous parishes. His gen­tle per­son­al­ity and be­ing a real gen­tle­man pro­vided a won­der­ful foun­da­tion for his pas­toral min­istry. He will be re­mem­bered by his for­mer parish­ioners as a gen­tle and car­ing per­son. He also loved to travel and was a won­der­ful com­pan­ion for the priests who trav­eled with him.

Fa­ther Joe Am­brose was the last sur­viv­ing mem­ber of his fam­ily and is pre­de­ceased by his three sis­ters, Fran (Mal­colm), Theresa and Col­lette.

Fu­neral ar­range­ments will be car­ried out by T.W. Curry Parkview Chapel of Syd­ney and vis­i­ta­tion will take place at the Fire Hall in Christ­mas Is­land on Wed­nes­day, Au­gust 9 from 7-9 p.m. Fu­neral Mass will be held on Thurs­day, Au­gust 10, 2017 at 2 p.m. at St. Columba Church in Iona, with Bishop Brian Dunn pre­sid­ing.

On­line Con­do­lences may be made by vis­it­ing www.twcurry. com.

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