I was thinking of Father Phil and googled his name this morning. I was saddened to read of his passing. I fondly remember so many good times and great conversations in Island Pond. Many great times spent at his cottage on lake Eden. When I passed through Cam Ranh Bay on my way to Pleiku I was able to visit the beach in the pictures he had sent to me. Leave it to Father Phil to find the best of a bad situation. I will always remember the kind, generous person who would always laugh at the jokes his troop of alter boys seemed to come up with even though he knew they weren't funny. He saw the best in all of us. I will remember that man. God bless and keep.
I had the honor and privledge of serving as a chaplin assistant with Father Phil at Ft. Leonard Wood. I was reflecting on my faith this morning and my faith journey and thought of Fr. Phil, I googled his name and was saddened to learn of his passing. I'll never forget our discussions that have stayed with me on my journey through my faith and my life.
Father Lamothe, Chaplin for the 87th. Engineer Battalion in Cam Ranh Bay Vietnam. Thank you
Fr. Phil was full of life and will be missed. I recall many joy filled days full of laughter with him.
How glorious Fr LaMothe that Our Blessed Lord chose to take you home on the Feast of the Holy Family! You have brought countless souls to a deeper union with God and His Holy Church. You preached the gospel with all your heart,mind and strength with boundless love,compassion and mercy! We were privileged to witness your life in imitation of Jesus Mary and Joseph! We thank you for our happy family, which is truly yours! Our heartfelt love and prayers are with your beautiful family. May we all be reunited someday in Eternity where we will Praise God for ever and ever......... Lawrence and Marianne Kepler and children
Dear Cecile and Anthony Senna and rest of the family, please accept from a perfect stranger these condolences for the passing of Fr. Phil whom I knew as Chaplain of the Carmelite Monastery in Lowell, Vermont, visited numerous times on my own spiritual journey in this life towards Heaven. Besides our impromptu conversations when showing up unexpectedly after the long drive over from Sheffield, he accepted my gift of a priest's stole that the business entity “Maryweave” based at the Monastery to provide it with some income had made for him that he then wore under his chasuble at the Masses that he celebrated there. He was a quiet and gentle man who will be missed, not only by the contemplative Discalced Carmelite nuns at the Monastery named after St. Joseph but also those many laity in the Lamoille River watershed and beyond who came with their spiritual needs to then receive his wise counsel. Also, the newly constructed wing to the Monastery building where Mass can now be celebrated outside the cloister with members of the public present as well as with the nuns had to have some of its origins in Fr. Phil's intercessory prayer life and in how then Our Lord listened to his prayer requests for a proper chapel to succeed the original – and tiny – one I was told was inside the cloister in the Monastery cellar and thus was off-limits to the public.
Fr Lamothe was a truly dedicated and traditional priest. Thanks for keeping the timeless traditions of the Church
alive. RIP with the Lord. ~ J. Thompson
Rest in Peace Fr. Phil. You have had a profound impact on my family and the Parish of OLPH in Bradford! You will be missed.
I will always remember Father Phil as a part of our family growing up in Island Pond. He was like a brother to us, and used to beat us at ping pong! Such a humble man, that everyone loved, he exemplified what a Priest should be.
Fr. Phil has been a large part of our family since his ministry in Island Pond in 1963. I also served in Vietnam with the Marines, and was able to share memories of that now historical time with Fr. Phil. Two of our children were baptized by Fr. Phil while he was in Barton, and one of them later cared for him during convalescence at BelAire Nursing Home in Newport. We always enjoyed his poignant sermons while attending Mass in Bradford or Wells River.
A few weeks before his death, he told us that he would soon be in Heaven and we asked him to greet our deceased family members. We now ask that with his intercession from Heaven our family continues to be blessed.
I will never forget Father Phil, he spent many happy times with my parents Mike and Priscilla Batchelder and our family. His warmth and deep love of Jesus poured out to all who knew him. I am thankful to have known him.
Such a holy, humble and pious priest that was an inspiration to me and my family by his word and example, I pray that he is now at rest in the presence of God together with the Blessed Mother Mary, and all of the Angels and Saints in Heaven. My condolences to his family and all who were graced by his life for their loss. He was an amazing man!
With grateful memories of the Bradford Retreats and a wonderful priest and friend. You have many to watch over from your heavenly home. Thank you Fr. Phil, Ruth and Bob Charlesworth
Thank you, Father, for being my wonderful guide and spiritual director, teaching me about the beauty of love and compassion through Jesus Christ. Please continue your prayers for us.
We have wonderful memories of Fr. Phil from grammar school and long after. He was a good friend and a faithful priest.
Our love and sympathy to all the family, Sisters Helen and Martha O'Brien and Marjorie O'Brien Ernst
To my uncle, you will always be remembered as a servant of the Lord. One who believed in the Roman Catholic faith to the fullest. You had a kind heart and a sense of humor. Thank you for your military service as a chaplain in the US Army for ten years. You were always fair and just, and a joy to be around. We will miss you take care and watch over us.
Thank you Father Phil for serving Bradford so well for so many years. Thank you for your wisdom, humility and love.
Prayers and kind thoughts for your family.My thoughts go back to the year the family cow barn was blown over by that strong wind and so many of the neighboring families,"my dad Frank" helped to restore the barn.
Fr Phil was a wonderful friend and colleague of mine when he served our Lord in Bradford, VT. I will never forget him, his compassion, listening ability, sense of humor and acceptance of clergy from other denominations. We'll see him in Glory.
Joseph, Jimmy, Jane, Joyce, Jo Ann, Johnny and family. I'm so sorry for your loss, I know that your Brother In-Law & Uncle was a cornerstone of your family and was very much loved. There is no doubt as to were he is. As hard as it is to say good by, I'am am sure that your mom is saying "hello, what took so long". Be there for each other during this trying time and smile & be proud of (I'm sure) the hundreds of lives that your uncle has touched throughout the years of dedicated service and the wonderful legacy he leaves to live on in each of you and your whole family. God Bless all of you.
Father Lamothe was a wonderful priest at St. Annes in Milton. He was a great gift to our family.