BARRE TOWN - St. Monica Catholic Church was filled to capacity Tuesday, Dec. 6, 2011, at 11 a.m. for the con-celebrated Mass of Christian burial for Ernest H. "Skip" Bancroft III of Sugarwoods Road. He died Dec. 1, 2011, at the Lahey Clinic in Burlington, Mass.
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The principal celebrant was the Rev. Msgr. Peter Routhier, Rector of the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception and St. Joseph's Co-Cathedral in Burlington and former pastor of St. Monica Catholic Church in Barre. The con-celebrants were the Rev. Leopold Bilodeau, current pastor of St. Monica Church and the Rev. Daniel Rupp, current pastor of Christ the King Church in Burlington and former parochial vicar at St. Monica Church. Fred Letourneau was Crucifer.
A large delegation of co-workers and colleagues from the Paige and Campbell Insurance Agency were in attendance as well as representatives from the Barre Lions Club.
Organist Rosemary Badeau accompanied singers Sandra Poczobut and Romeo Bilodeau in the hymns, "Joyful, Joyful We Adore Thee," "The Lord in my Shepherd," "Prayer of St. Francis," "Ave Maria" and "Amazing Grace." She also accompanied the congregation in "The Celtic Song of Farewell." To further honor Skip's Celtic heritage, keyboardist Irene Robertson and saxophonist Dick Carpenter played the postlude songs "When Irish Eyes are Smiling" and "O' Danny Boy."
Fr. Rupp read letters of honor and tribute to their Dad from daughters Erin Bancroft and Katie King and sons Buddy and Michael Bancroft and Eric and Justin Arzberger. Daughter-in-law Meaghan Arzberger read from the Old Testament and New Testament.
Fr. Bilodeau gave the gospel lesson and Msgr. Routhier delivered the homily. Fr. Rupp led the Prayer of the Faithful.
The gifts were presented to the alter by daughters Erin Bancroft and Katie King, granddaughter Morgan Colleen King and sons Buddy and Michael Bancroft and Eric and Justin Arzberger.
Interment followed in the Hope Cemetery with the burial liturgy being read by Msgr. Routhier and Frs. Bilodeau and Rupp.
Fellowship and luncheon followed at the Hilltop Restaurant in Barre Town.
Fr. Bilodeau led the prayer vigil service Monday evening at the Hooker and Whitcomb Funeral Home, 7 Academy St., Barre.
Published in Times Argus on Dec. 8, 2011