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Joseph LEGREE

Reverend Joseph Clement Austin Legree, a beloved priest of the Diocese of Pembroke, peacefully passed away at Pembroke Regional Hospital on August 28, 2023. At the age of 93, after dedicating 67 years to priesthood, Father Legree found solace in the Sacraments of the Church. He was born to the late Austin Legree and Mary Ellen Coughlin and had a sister named Mary Rita, who passed away in 1917. Father Legree received his education at St. Patrick’s College in Ottawa and the le Grand Séminaire de Montréal before being ordained on June 3, 1956, at St. Michael’s Church in Douglas. Throughout his ministry, Father Legree selflessly served as an assistant priest in various parishes, including Killaloe, Mattawa, Campbell’s Bay, Fort-Coulonge, Renfrew, Whitney, Pembroke, Calabogie, Barry’s Bay, and Eganville. Later, he became a parish priest, overseeing the communities of Portage-du-Fort, Madawaska, Vinton, Sheenboro, Combermere, Latchford Bridge, Killaloe, Calabogie, Griffith, and Esmonde. Father Legree’s profound love for the Ottawa Valley and its people was evident in his role as the diocesan historian. In 1988, he published “Lift Up Your Hearts,” chronicling the rich history of the Diocese of Pembroke.

The Solemn Rite of Reception will take place at St. Michael’s Church in Douglas on Wednesday, August 30, at 6:00 p.m., followed by visitation until 8:00 p.m. The Mass of Christian Burial will be conducted by the Most Reverend Guy Desrochers, C.Ss.R., at St. Michael’s Church on Thursday, August 31, at 10:30 a.m. Father Legree will be laid to rest in the parish cemetery. To honor his memory, donations to Marianhill would be greatly appreciated. The Goulet Funeral Home in Renfrew has been entrusted with the funeral arrangements. Please visit http://www.gouletfuneralhome.com to offer condolences or make online donations in Father Legree’s memory.

Reverend Joseph Clement Austin Legree passed away peacefully at the age of 93 on August 28, 2023, at Pembroke Regional Hospital. Having devoted 67 years of his life to the priesthood, Father Legree found comfort in the Sacraments of the Church during his final moments. He was born to Austin Legree and Mary Ellen Coughlin, and had a sister named Mary Rita, who passed away back in 1917. Father Legree’s educational journey included St. Patrick’s College in Ottawa and the le Grand Séminaire de Montréal, after which he was ordained on June 3, 1956, at St. Michael’s Church in Douglas. His remarkable ministry spanned numerous parishes, beginning as an assistant priest in Killaloe, Mattawa, Campbell’s Bay, Fort-Coulonge, Renfrew, Whitney, Pembroke, Calabogie, Barry’s Bay, and Eganville. Later, he became a parish priest overseeing the communities of Portage-du-Fort, Madawaska, Vinton, Sheenboro, Combermere, Latchford Bridge, Killaloe, Calabogie, Griffith, and Esmonde. Father Legree’s deep affection for the Ottawa Valley and its residents was evident through his service as the diocesan historian. As a testament to his dedication, he authored “Lift Up Your Hearts,” a historical account of the Diocese of Pembroke, published in 1988.

A Solemn Rite of Reception will be held at St. Michael’s Church in Douglas on Wednesday, August 30, at 6:00 p.m., followed by visitation until 8:00 p.m. The Mass of Christian Burial, officiated by the Most Reverend Guy Desrochers, C.Ss.R., will take place at St. Michael’s Church on Thursday, August 31, at 10:30 a.m. The parish cemetery will be the final resting place for Father Legree. Donations to Marianhill would be greatly appreciated in his memory. The Goulet Funeral Home in Renfrew has been entrusted with the arrangements. Condolences and online donations can be made at http://www.gouletfuneralhome.com.

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