Rev. Gerald Telesphore
Died in his sleep on Sunday April 3, 2005 in Shanghai, China while travelling with friends. Father Gregoire was born in Toronto May 2, 1924 son of Telesphore Gregoire and Leonida Lawless. Loving brother and uncle of Frank and his wife Anne and their children, Joanne, Gerald, John, Michael, Patricia, Frank, Theresa and Kathleen; Basil and his wife Shirlie and their children, Joan, Stephen, Suzanne, Janine, Brian, and Mary Lou; Catherine Downes and her children Gerrard, Joseph, John and Maryanne. Father Gregoire was predeceased by his brother-in-law George Downes. Dear great-uncle of 31 grand- nieces and nephews and 2 great-grand- nieces and nephews. Father Gregoire will be dearly missed by many cousins and friends.
Father Gregoire attended Holy Name elementary school (Toronto) and St. Michael's College School (Toronto) where he was an accomplished hockey player. He entered the Basilian Fathers Novitiate in 1942, and graduated from St. Michael's College at the University of Toronto in 1946. He was ordained to the priesthood on June 29, 1951. Father Gregoire's teaching career included appointments to Catholic Central High School (Detroit), St. Michael's College School (Toronto), St. Mary's College (Calgary), Assumption High School (Windsor) and St. Joseph's High School (Ottawa). He was Principal of St. Francis Boys' High School (Lethbridge) and St. Mary's College (Sault Ste. Marie). Father Gregoire taught Latin, French and Theology and coached football, basketball and hockey.
He was Superior of a residence for young Basilians in Windsor and was Superior of St. Basil's Seminary (Toronto). Parish appointments included Pastor of St. Mary's (Owen Sound), St. Basil's (Ottawa), Holy Rosary (Toronto), St. Basil's (Toronto) and St. Eugene's (Toronto). His most recent appointment was Associate Pastor at St. Basil's (Toronto).
Friends may call at St. Basil's Parish Church, 50 St. Joseph Street, Toronto on Monday, April 18th from 3 p.m. A Vigil Service will be held at the Church on Monday night at 7 p.m. Father Gregoire's body will lie in state at St. Basil's Church until the concelebration of the Mass of Christian Burial which will take place on Tuesday night at 7 p.m. Interment on Wednesday, April 20th at 10 a.m. in the Basilian Plot at Holy Cross Cemetery, Thornhill, Ontario.
Published in The Globe and Mail from Apr. 15 to Apr. 18, 2005.