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REVEREND PHILIP R. LAMOTHE - WILLISTON - Reverend Philip LaMothe, age 83, passed away on Dec. 29, 2013, in Vermont Respite House. He was born on March 23, 1930, in St. Albans, the son of Philiza and Blanche (Benoit) LaMothe. Father LaMothe was educated and graduated from Sutton Grammar School, Shelburne, Cathedral High School, Burlington, Class of 1947, attended St. Michael's College, Colchester, from 19471949, and St. Paul's Seminary, Ottawa, Canada, from 1949-1955. He was ordained to the Sacred Priesthood at the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception, Burlington, by Bishop Edward F. Ryan, on June 4, 1955. His assignments began at Notre Dame, St. Johnsbury (1955-1957). He also served at St. Francis Xavier Parish, Winooski (1957-1963), and St. James Parish, Island Pond (19631965). Father LaMothe served as chaplain in the United States Army from 1965 to 1975, in which two of those years were spent in Vietnam. Father LaMothe's first pastorate was at St. Paul Parish, Barton (1975-1979). He also served as pastor at St. Ann Parish, Milton (1979-1989), Our Lady of Perpetual Help Parish, Bradford (1989-1998), St. Catherine of Siena Parish, Shelburne (1998-2003) and Our Lady of Perpetual Help Parish, Bradford (2003-2008). Father LaMothe was granted Senior Priest Status on July 1, 2008, after which he served as chaplain to the Discalced Carmelite Nuns in Lowell, from July 2008 to November 2013. He was instrumental in helping to establish the Carmelite Monastery of St. Joseph in Lowell as well as the Benedictine Monastery in Westfield. Family and friends knew Father Philip as a kind man with a warm, compassionate heart open to all he met. His generosity knew no bounds! Father's sense of humor was grounded in his wisdom and joie de vivre stemming from a profound relationship with God. His laughter was contagious as he brought joy and comfort to people from all backgrounds and walks of life. To his family, he was the one to whom they turned for counsel, comfort and understanding prayer. He enjoyed nature and could often be seen taking long contemplative walks along the pond or woods, delighting in the beauty of creation and most especially the birds and woodland creatures. Father LaMothe was predeceased by his father in 1976; his mother in 1983; his brother, Joseph, in 1992; and his sister, Marguerite Maille, in 2012. He is survived by his sister and brother-in-law, Cecile and Anthony Senna of Glastonbury, Conn.; his brother-in-law, Joseph Maille of Shelburne; and many nieces and nephews. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Monday, Jan. 6, 2014, at 11 a.m. at St. Catherine of Siena Church, Shelburne. Monsignor John J. McDermott will be the principal celebrant and Monsignor Michael W. DeForge, will be the homilist. Calling hours will be on Sunday, Jan. 5, 2014 from 2 to 5 p.m., with Rosary at 5 p.m. at LaVigne Funeral Home and Cremation Service, 132 Main St., in Winooski, as well as an hour prior to the funeral at the church. Interment will be at St. Catherine Cemetery in Shelburne in the spring at the convenience of the family. We would like to extend our gratitude to all the staff at the Vermont Respite House for their superior care for Fr. Phil. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to: Carmelite Nuns of Vermont, 386 Stephenson Rd., Lowell, VT 05847.

Published in The Burlington Free Press on Jan. 1, 2014
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