Priests from PEI Who Passed On in 2019

January 14, 2020

  1. Austin Bradley

Born at Kelly’s Cross in 1930. Local schooling, then SDU until graduating in 1951.  Worked in Ontario a year, then four years at Holy Heart Seminary in Halifax with ordination at the basilica here by Bishop MacEachern in 1956.  Assistant priest at Seven Mile Bay (5), Summerside (9), Holy Redeemer (2) and basilica (5).  After a sabbatical year in Ottawa he was pastor at Tignish from 1971-1975 and at Kensington from 1977 to 1987.  Then chaplain at QEH (7) and at Precious Blood Sisters (8).  Died at QEH on March 2, 2019.  Funeral Mass at Basilica by Bishop Grecco with burial in Kelly’s Cross.  Father Bradley was one of 18 priests from Kelly’s Cross Parish and the longest ordained among us recently.

  • John Keizer

Born in Charlottetown in 1958. A graduate of St. Thomas University, then theology at St. Paul’s Seminary in Ottawa with ordination at the basilica here by Bishop MacDonald in 1987.  His first posting was at Summerside for three years as associate pastor, then as parish priest in Morell until 1995, after which he discontinued his priestly ministry.  Following a few years of employment on P.E.I., increasing illness rendered him housebound until his death at QEH on May 12, 2019.  Funeral Mass at the basilica by Father John Lacey, followed by burial in the Catholic Cemetery, Charlottetown.  (When John was only ten, he was greatly shocked by the sudden death of his father in a railway accident at Murray River.)

  • Charles Cheverie

Born in Charlottetown in 1932.   Schooling at Queen Square, then at St. Dunstan’s until graduation in 1953. Then four years at Holy Heart Seminary in Halifax with ordination at the basilica here by Bishop MacEachern in 1957. Post-graduate studies at the Catholic University of America in Washington, D.C. until receiving a Ph.D  in 1962. Professor of biology at SDU from 1962 to 1969 and at UPEI from 1969 to 1997.   Administrator at St. Eugene’s in Covehead for around 40 years in pastoral ministry which he so loved to balance his heavy university commitment. Had a near-death experience in December of 2018 and died suddenly at Murphy’s Residence in Stratford on August 31, 2019.  Funeral Mass at the basilica was presided by Father Kennific in the absence of our bishop.  Burial took place in Father Charlie’s beloved Covehead. 

  • John Walsh, SFM

Born in Charlottetown in 1934. Local schooling at Queen Square, then at Prince of Wales and St. Dunstan’s,  graduating from the latter in 1956.  He then joined the Scarboro Foreign Missions, studied theology at their seminary in Toronto and was ordained to the priesthood in 1960 at St. Dunstan’s Basilica by Bishop MacEachern.  Father served in the Dominican Republic from 1962 to 1969 and then in Canada within a pile of Catholic organizations, including ecumenical dialogue, under Scarboro headlights.  Father Walsh died in Toronto on October 12, 2019 and his funeral Mass was celebrated there.  His ashes are buried in South Rustico where his parents are interred.

  • Ralph McQuaid, CSsR

Born in Detroit in 1932, moving to Emyvale as a child with his family.  After studying for some years at St. Dunstan’s and working awhile, he joined the Redemptorists and spent his formative years with them in Ontario.   He then studied theology in Germany and was ordained to the priesthood at Munich in 1960 during the Eucharistic Congress there.  Back in Canada, he was engaged in various forms of ministry in Toronto and area.   Later he was posted to Saint John with outreach to PEI, for one year of which he was administrator at Souris.  He died in Toronto on October 22, 2019 with funeral Mass there.   Burial took place in St. Anne’s Parish, Emyvale, following Mass celebrated by Father Mark Miller, CSsR, Redemptorist Provincial. Ralph was one of nine priests from St. Anne’s Parish.

  • Floyd McGaugh

Born in St. Margaret’s Parish in 1929. Local schooling,  then St. Dunstan’s until graduation in 1953.  In the late 1940s he also spent a discernment year in Ottawa with the OMIs.  After  four years at Holy Heart Seminary in Halifax he was ordained at the basilica here by Bishop MacEachern in 1957.   Assistant priest at Tignish (7), Seven Mile Bay (3) and Holy Redeemer (4).  Pastor at Foxley River-Brae (4), Georgetown (7), East Point (5), Holy Redeemer (4) and Souris (6), then retirement.   At Georgetown he supervised the building of the present church-rectory and in the early 1970s he took a sabbatical year of study in Ottawa.   He also covered many miles over highways and biways on his top-line motorcycles across the years.  He died at the QEH on December 28, 2019 at the age of four score and ten, one of our few priests to hit that high mark.  Bishop Grecco presided at his funeral Mass at the basilica on the last day of the old year.  Burial will be in the spring at the Catholic Cemetery, Charlottetown.  Floyd was one of eleven priests from St. Margaret’s Parish.

Let yourselves be built into a spiritual house, to be a holy priesthood, to offer spiritual sacrifices acceptable to God through Jesus Christ. (1 Peter 2,5)

Fr. Art O’Shea, January 13, 2020