Philippe, "Fr. Jean-Claude
PHILIPPEFr. Jean-Claude Philippe, O.M.I. passed away peacefully in hospital, Thursday, April 05, 2001 in his 92nd year. Born in Delouze, Lorraine, France on September 27, 1909, Fr. Philippe was ordained on July 25, 1934 near Paris, France and professed his first vows in France on September 29, 1929 at the Oblate Scholasticate.Fr. Philippe was located in Indo-China and Madagascar before coming to Canada in 1935. he landed at Churchill, Manitoba and within two days moved into the Hudson's Bay Vicariate, where he was located from August 1935 until April 1953. He was then an R.C.A.F. Chaplain serving at various points until September 1964.Ft. Philippe has been associated with the Thunder Bay Diocese since 1964, spending just one year in Sioux Narrows, followed by nine years as Pastor of St. Mary's Parish in Fort Frances. He then spent the years 1974-1981 wintering in Laredo, Texas at an Oblate Parish and in Mexico, with his summers in the Thunder Bay Diocese. In 1981 Fr. Philippe moved to St. Joseph's Heritage where he served as Chaplain. He was also considered Chaplain to the Francophone community and was Legion Padre for the Royal Canadian Legion, Port Arthur Branch #5. He was also a 4th Degree Knight of Columbus.Fr. Philippe is survived by one sister and two brothers in France, numerous loving nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by his parents Albert and Jeanne PhilippeFr. Philippe was an outdoorsman, an accomplished athlete and well known for his long-distance cross-country skiing, even in his retirement years. He also enjoyed golfing and swimming.Funeral services for the late Fr. Jean-Claude Philippe, O.M.I. will be held Monday, April 09, 2001 with Funeral Mass at 10:00 AM at Corpus Christi Church celebrated by Most Rev. F.J. Colli, Bishop of Thunder Bay, together with Rev. James Fiori, O.M.I. , Provincial Superior of the Oblate Fathers of Manitoba, and Priests of the Diocese. Interment will be in St. Andrews Cemetery. A Vigil Service will be held on Sunday, April 08 at Corpus Christi Church at 3:00 PM with Rev. P.M. Stilla. A Legion Honour Service under the auspices of the Royal Canadian Legion Port Arthur Branch #5 will follow the Vigil Service. Removal will be made from the EVEREST FUNERAL CHAPEL, 299 Waverley St. at Algoma, to the Church at 2:30 PM Sunday with visitation until 5 PMAt Fr. Philippe's request, donations, for friends who so desire, can be made to the St. Joseph's Heritage Foundation. A donation has been made to the St. Joseph's Heritage Foundation in honour of Fr. Jean-Claude Philippe by Everest of Thunder Bay.Please sign the ONLINE Guest Book at'www.everestofthunderbay.com'