VERRETT, Br. Xavier "Dave," a Salesian Brother in the Catholic Religious Order of Saint John Bosco, went home to the Lord on January 3,2013. Br. Dave was a native of New Orleans where he spent most of his religious life serving at Archbishop Shaw High School in Marrero, Louisiana. Br. Dave was born on November 22, 1924 to Erclede Verret and Rosa Broussard. He was baptized four days after his birth at the St. Vincent Infant Asylum in New Orleans. As a teenager Brother Dave grew up at Hope Haven, an orphanage run by the Salesians in Marrero. Dave made his confirmation at Immaculate Conception Church in Marrero in 1940. In 1947 he moved to New Jersey to begin his life as a Salesian brother. After the completion of the novitiate year he made his first profession on September 8, 1949. He took his final vows as a Salesian brother on June 25, 1955. Brother Dave spent most of his religious life in Louisiana but he did have other assignments. From 1949-1953 he was at Don Bosco Technical High School in Paterson N.J. as a teacher in the woodshop. He taught cabinet making and was very skilled in making church furniture. He made church pews for several churches during those years. From 1953-1960 Br. Dave was assigned to Mary Help of Christians School in Tampa, Florida. At Mary Help he taught woodworking and built many things for the school. In 1967 Brother Dave was assigned to Archbishop Shaw High school where he served the majority of hiss religious life. He was in charge of the bookstore, was the golf coach, set up for all the special events and took care of a thousand details to help make the school run smoothly. Brother Dave was a well known character on the west bank of New Orleans. He delivered food to the poor, collected ticket money for Shaw High School's football games, ran the time clock for basketball games and set up the gym for every school mass or assembly. He was a coin collector and had many 19th century coins he bragged about. He was orderly and could get cranky but most of the time he laughed his way through life. He was a worker. Brother Dave loved to work but he also loved to pray. He went to daily mass just about every day of his life. Brother Verret came to the St. Philip Residence in Tampa in June of 2011 to spend the last years of his life. He succumbed to old age and died at Rehabilitation and Health Center in Tampa on January 3, 2013. May he rest in peace. Funeral Services will be held at Mary Help of Christians Parish in Tampa, Fla.Visiting Hours are 3:00pm to7:30pm on Monday January 7, 2013 Mass of the Resurrection will be celebrated at 7:30pm.
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Published in TBO.com on Jan. 6, 2013