Fr. Art O’Shea’s Recollection of Fr. Gerry Tingley

June 18, 2020

Father Tingley

Gerry was a 1960 grad of our St. Dunstan’s University where he was an excellent student and athlete. 

His dad from New Brunswick had also studied at St. Dunstan’s from where he graduated in 1928, following which he worked with the Canadian  National Railway, for many years as station agent at Campbellton, NB where he also served awhile as mayor.  

Gerry’s young brother, Dick, was also a graduate of SDU where among other things he was a top-notch member of their hockey team.  He became a lawyer and also served a goodly period as Campbellton’s mayor.  

The Tingley boys were very tall.  Gerry at 6 foot 3 was the midget of the family, his only brother Dick reaching one inch higher. 

Father Gerry pioneered a summer home for himself near Panmure Island in Sturgeon Parish and enjoyed that as nature’s best for at least 45 years.

Not Fr. Tingley’s Chainsaw but one that looks like it.

He was particularly fond of the chainsaw which he used extensively in the forest and beyond.   The joke among some priests over the years was that his chainsaw would one day be willed to the diocese!   

Well done good and faithful servant of over 55 years in our diocese, leaving your large footprint of true priestly service.  Rest now in peace as your brother priests celebrate their three Masses for your intentions.    

The media only writes about the sinners and the scandals, but that’s normal, because a tree that falls makes more noise than a forest that grows. (Pope Francis) June 17, 2020