King, Reginald (Father)

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                                     FATHER REGINALD KING
                         Community mourns passing of well-loved Miramichi priest

Father Reginald King, known to many in the Miramichi area, passed away on Friday. The following is a letter submitted by Father Bernard Broderick of St. Michael Basilica marking King’s passing. The two worked together for five years when King served as assistant pastor at St. Michael’s.


“He grew up in the area and he was a highly-respected person who loved to visit people and had a great sense of humour,” Broderick said.

“On Friday, June 3, 2005, the Diocese of Saint John and the community of Miramichi lost a much admired and a beloved priest in the person of Father Reginald King. His death occurred at Miramichi Regional Hospital following a brief illness.

Born in Douglasfield, N.B., he was the youngest of the large family of Joseph King and Mary Anne Bracken. His schooling began in his native community of Douglasfield, after which he entered St. Thomas High School. In 1944, he graduated with a Bachelor of Arts Degree from St. Thomas University, and in September of the same year, Father began theological studies at Holy Heart Seminary, Halifax, N.S.

“On May 18, 1950, Father King received ordination of priesthood from the hands of the most Reverend C.A. LeBlanc, D.D. in St. Michael’s Basilica, Chatham, N.B. For most of the next 60 years, Father King faithfully fulfilled priestly duties in various offices throughout the Diocese of Saint John, N.B. Chaplain of Hotel Dieu Hospital, Chatham, 1950-1952; assistant pastor at St. Michael’s, Chatham 1952-1957, and at St. Patrick’s Nelson-Miramichi, 1957-1959.

“After appointment as administrator for St. Samuel’s Douglastown, Father became pastor, first at Stanley, N.B. in 1962, and at Boiestown until 1969. In 1969, he was appointed Pastor of St. Raphael’s Parish, Blackville, N.B. where he remained until 1980 when he became Pastor of St. Patrick’s Parish, Nelson-Miramichi.

“In 1975, Father spent a well-deserved sabbatical at a renewal center in Ireland. Father King’s last appointment came in 1980 as Pastor of St. Samuel’s Parish, Douglastown, N.B. In June 1994, he retired to live in a home of his own in Douglastown, N.B.

“Father King had hosts of friends and enjoyed the simple things of life, a weekly game of cards, visits to friends, the sick, and residents in institutions. He loved to socialise where he enjoyed his fellow priests and so many others, and above all, everyone enjoyed his wit and humour.

“His two sisters and one brother, along with many nieces and nephews welcomed people to the wake at Maher’s Funeral Home, Chatham, on Sunday evening, 7-9 p.m., and on Monday 2-4p.m. At 7p.m. the remains were transferred to St. Michael’s Basilica where the Office of the Dead was celebrated. The funeral takes place in St. Michael’s Basilica on Tuesday, June 7th, at 11 a.m., with Most Reverend J. Faber MacDonald presiding.”


Source: Miramichi Leader - June 7, 2005

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