FR. GREGORY BOTTE, OFM On Tuesday, August 28, 2012, after numerous health issues over the past several years, Fr. Gregory Botte, OFM passed away at William Osler Hospital at the age of 72. Born Thomas William Botte, on July 27, 1940 in Boston, MA, son of Henry and Mary (Krukonis) Botte. He became acquainted with the friars at Our Lady of Mount Carmel, East Boston and attended Christopher Columbus High School from 1954-58. He was received into the First Order on August 15, 1960 and given the religious name Gregory. He made temporary profession on August 16, 1961 at Saint Anthony Friary, Catskill. He then made his solemn profession on August 16, 1964 at Immaculate Conception Seminary in Troy, and was ordained priest by Bishop Lawrence Graziano, OFM on June 8, 1968 at Mount Alvernia, Wappingers Falls. Fr. Gregory spent his entire priestly life providing pastoral ministry in the Archdiocese of Toronto: Saint Agnes from 1968-70; Saint Francis of Assisi from 1970-76; Saint Charles Borromeo from 1976-90; Immaculate Conception Church from 1990-92; Saint Francis of Assisi from September 1992 until June 27, 2012. In addition, he served as President of the St. Francis Society of Ontario from 1980-86 and as Definitor of the Province from 1989-95. Funeral arrangements have been entrusted to the Bernardo Funeral Homes. Visitation will take place at Bernardo Funeral Homes (2960 Dufferin St., south of Lawrence Ave.) on Saturday, September 1, 2012 from 3:00 to 9:00 p.m. and at St. Francis of Assisi Church (72 Mansfield Ave. - Grace St., south of College St.) on Sunday, September 2, 2012 from 3:00 to 9:00 p.m. with a prayer service taking place that evening in the Church at 7:00 p.m. Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Monday, September 3, 2012 at 11:00 a.m. in St. Francis of Assisi Church, Toronto. Fr. Gregory Botte will be laid to rest back home in Melrose, Massachusetts at Wyoming Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, donations to the St. Francis Society of Ontario for the benefit of Orfanato Valle de Los Angeles, Guatemala would be greatly appreciated. For further details and online condolences, please visit www.bernardofuneralhomes.com
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Published in the Toronto Star from Aug. 31 to Sept. 2, 2012