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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.ca13216032
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Posted by Lori Fobert (Forestell} (No relation) On Saturday, November 4, 2017
Very Sorry to hear, Father Gazley was a huge influence while I attended Nicholson Catholic College. Probably would not have gotten thru my high school days without his influence. He was a great man, very very sorry to hear.
A lovely person
Posted by Amy Doyle (Friend) On Friday, October 27, 2017
I remember Father Gaisley well from his time at St. Joseph Church in Belleville, where I attended Mass as a youth. We truly looked forward to Mass every Sunday, father Gaisley and Msgr. Carley had a wonderful rapport with each other and you could tell they were dear friends. Father Gaisley was always so soft spoken and kind. I saw him not so long ago at Providence Manor where he lived, working out on the stairclimber! An athlete to the end. Sincere condolences to his family remaining. Amy Doyle
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Posted by Hubert Hicks (Nicholson Alum) On Wednesday, October 11, 2017
Friar 'Chuck' was our Football and Basketball coach as well as our spiritual mentor for all of my years at Nicholson. I have the fondest memories of his guidance, patience and sense of humor. May he rest in eternal peace.
An admirable legacy.....
Posted by Karen Harry (nee Coughlin) (Parish Member) On Tuesday, October 10, 2017
I still belong to St. Joseph's Parish in Belleville where Father Gazeley (alongside Msgr Carley) was our Priest for many years when I was younger. He was a very popular Priest and teacher at N.C.C. and will no doubt be missed by students and parishioners alike.

Eternal rest grant unto him, O Lord,

and let perpetual light shine upon him.

May he rest in peace.

Former Nicholson Catholic College Student
Posted by Melinda Kelleher (Roman Catholic) On Sunday, October 8, 2017
I wish to extend my condolences to Father Gazeley's Family and Friends.....I remember Father Gazeley at Nicholson when I was a student. I have fond memories of him walking through the halls of Nicholson either teaching us or coaching basketball after hours.There was times when we needed someone to talk to ,he was always in his office to listen and help us in anyway he could. God Bless you Father ........

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