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Father Charles Hilliard Gazeley

GAZELEY, Father Charles Hilliard - Father Charles Gazeley passed away at Kingston General Hospital on October 4, 2017, just four days short of his 86th birthday. He was born in Kingston, Ontario, on October 8, 1931, the son of Charles Gazeley and Genevieve Morris. He attended St. Mary's School and Regiopolis College, Kingston, the University of Toronto, and St. Augustine's Seminary. He was ordained a priest for the Archdiocese of Kingston on May 4, 1958, at St. John the Apostle church in Kingston. From 1958-1959, he served as Associate Pastor at St. Mary's Cathedral, Kingston; from 1959-1964, as Associate Pastor at St. Francis Xavier Parish, Brockville; and, from 1964-1983, as Associate Pastor at St. Joseph Parish in Belleville. While in Belleville, Father Gazeley taught for 20 years at Nicholson Catholic College. In addition to the courses he taught in religion, physical education, Latin, and mathematics, he was the coach of the boys' football and basketball teams. Also, he served as Spiritual Director at Nicholson, and as Head of various departments, including religious studies, physical education, and guidance. In 1983, he was appointed Pastor of St. Francis Xavier Parish, Brockville, where he served until 1990, when he was appointed Chaplain at Heathfield (the Motherhouse of the Sisters of Providence) and Chaplain at the Kingston Psychiatric Hospital and St. Mary's of the Lake Hospital. In 1993, he was appointed Pastor of Holy Family Parish in Kingston; and, in 1999, he took on the added responsibility of Administrator at St. Barnaby Parish, Brewers Mills. After his retirement from parish ministry in 2007, he served as Chaplain at the Providence Manor nursing home in Kingston. Father Gazeley held various Archdiocesan responsibilities over the years, including a term as Associate Chancellor and many years of service on the Archdiocesan Finance Committee. Father Gazeley is survived by his brother Neil Gazeley (Lucille), Richmond Hill, and his brother Ray Gazeley (Alice), Kingston. Predeceased by his sister Lillian Salmon, (Ross, deceased), brother Jack Gazeley, (Carol, deceased), sister Elizabeth Gazeley, sister Muriel Blomeley (Jim, deceased), and sister Genevieve McMahon. Survived by brother-in-law Dennis McMahon, Nanaimo, B.C., nieces, nephews and cousins. He will be sadly missed by his fellow priests, former parishioners, former students, and by the staff and residents at Providence Manor, where he resided for the past five years. Father Gazeley will lie in state at St. Mary's Cathedral, 279 Johnson Street, Kingston, on Tuesday, October 10, 2017, from 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m., and from 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m., with a Vigil Service at 7:30 p.m. Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 10:00 a.m. on Wednesday, October 11, at St. Mary's Cathedral, with Rite of Committal and Prayers immediately following at St. Mary's Cemetery, Kingston. A reception will follow at St. Mary's Parish Centre, 260 Brock Street, Kingston. As expressions of sympathy, donations to the Archdiocese of Kingston, Priests' Retirement Fund would be appreciated by the family. Online condolences at www.gftompkinstownship.ca13216037
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