Peter Rémi Despathy, died Saturday, Feb. 27, 2010, in Santa Fe, N.M.
A funeral Mass was held Friday, March 5, at St. Gabriel Church in Cave Creek, Ariz. Burial was at Holy Redeemer Cemetery in Phoenix, Ariz. A memorial Mass will be held at a later date in Holy Redeemer Parish, Kissimmee, Fla.
Born Nov. 23, 1956, in Quincy, Mass., he was the son of Robert G. Despathy Sr. and Leatrice Dubuc Despathy of Cave Creek, Ariz. He attended St. Christopher School from 1962 to 1970 and Nashua High School from 1970 to 1974. Between 1979 and 1984 he attended Concordia University and McGill University, Montreal, Quebec, completing a Bachelor of Arts degree in theological studies and a diploma in education. He joined the Presentation Brothers Congregation Aug. 15, 1978, taking Br. Gerard as his religious name. He made first profession of vows Aug. 15, 1979, and perpetual profession on Aug. 15, 1983. He served in Longueil, Quebec, Canada, (1979-80 and 1982-84); Marshall (1980-82); Montebello, Quebec, Canada, (1984-88); Prince George, British Columbia, Canada, (1988-97); Knoxville, Tenn., (1997-2006); and Kissimmee, Fla., (2006-2010). He was community leader in Montebello, Prince George and Knoxville, and assistant principal in Montebello. He was appointed province leader of Our Lady of the Americas Province (OLA -- North America/West Indies) in 2005.
He is survived by Sr. Paula-Jean Despathy FSE, Cynthia Hazzard, Robert Despathy Jr., James Despathy, Diane and Michele Despathy; and several nephews, nieces, great-nephews and great-nieces.