DWYRE, Father William Andrew
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Father William Andrew Dwyre died peacefully at Providence Manor, Kingston on Wednesday, December 5, 2012. Son of Joseph Dwyre and Mary Carty, Father Bill was born near Elgin, Ontario in 1924. He is survived by his brother, Edward (Josephine) and predeceased by brothers John (late Jean) and Frank. Survived by sister-in-law Agnes (late Frank) Dwyre and numerous nieces, nephews, grandnieces and grandnephews. Ordained for the Archdiocese of Kingston in 1949, he served in various pastoral settings during more than 63 years of priesthood: St. Mary's Cathedral and Hotel Dieu Hospital, Kingston; St. Francis Xavier Parish, Brockville; St. Philomena's Parish, Howe Island (while simultaneously Chair of the Marian Year Fundraising Campaign in support of the ministries of the Sisters of Providence); Parish of St. Patrick's, Lansdowne & St. Brendan's, Rockport; Holy Name of Mary Parish, Marysville; St. Michael the Archangel Parish, Belleville; and St. Edward's Parish, Westport. Following retirement in 1994 he made his home in Westport, while continuing pastoral ministry by celebrating Mass on weekends in various parishes of the Archdiocese. Declining health necessitated a move to Kingston in 2010, where he found himself very much at home, first in Trillium Retirement Lodge and later in Providence Manor. The God-given blessings of concelebrating daily Mass and enjoying the company of several other resident priests made his time at Providence Manor especially enriching. His outgoing personality, lively sense of humour, and love for God and people endeared him to others wherever he went. Visitation will be at Lyons Funeral Home, 51 Concession St., Westport on Sunday, December 9, 2 - 4 and 7 - 9 pm, with Vigil Service at 7 pm. Father Dwyre will lie in state in St. Edward's Church, Concession Street, Westport on Monday, December 10 from 9 – 10:45 am. Archbishop Brendan O'Brien will preside at the Mass of Christian Burial at 11 am, with interment and Rite of Committal at St. Edward's Cemetery immediately following the Mass. In lieu of flowers, donations to St. Edward's Parish Renovation Fund would be appreciated. May he rest in the peace and joy of the Risen Lord.
Published in The Ottawa Citizen on Dec. 7, 2012