Thursday, August 28, 2014

Father William Nugent was Educator, Military Chaplain


Father William J. Nugent, diocesan priest and former teacher at St. Pius X High School passed away on August 23. He is survived by his beloved sister Anne; loving uncle to John Nugent and to Sharon and her husband Bruce Holmes; special friend to his great-nephew Jordan Holmes. He was predeceased by his siblings Katherine, Jack and Mary.

Fr. Bill Nugent was born in Millbank, New Brunswick on July 26, 1931 to the late William and Christie Nugent. He spent six years with the New Brunswick public school system as the administrator of the new regional school districts in Eastern New Brunswick. He entered St. Paul University Seminary in September 1958, and was ordained a priest for the Diocese of Saint John on June 3, 1962. He exercised parish ministry in Saint John for two years and then taught at the college level for four years.

In 1968, Fr. Nugent came to work in Ottawa. He taught at St. Pius X High School for 21 years. During these years, he spent most summers replacing padres on air force bases across Canada. He was chaplain to the 30th Field Regiment at Dows Lake for several years. He spent the next years temporarily replacing pastors in Ottawa, Kingston and Cornwall when they were absent and summer replacement in Shediac, N.B.

Visitation will take place today, August 28, at Resurrection of Our Lord Parish, 1940 Saunderson Drive, after 10 a.m. The concelebrated Mass of Christian Funeral Thursday will take place at 11 a.m., with interment following in Hope Cemetery.

In memoriam donations to Shepherds of Good Hope, Canadian Cancer Society or a charity of choice are greatly appreciated.

Requiescat in pace.

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