October 18, 2018

Normand J. Demers

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Normand J. Demers, 85, a retired priest of the Diocese of Providence, died on Saturday, July 21, 2018.

Born in Woonsocket, he was a son of the late Eugene and Beatrice (Jarret) Demers, he attended St. Ann School and Mt. St. Charles Academy, both in Woonsocket.

In preparation for the priesthood, he studied at Our Lady of Providence Seminary in Warwick and at St. Mary Seminary in Baltimore, Maryland. He was ordained a priest on May 31, 1958 in the Cathedral of SS. Peter and Paul in Providence by Bishop Russell J. McVinney.

After a summer assignment at St. Francis of Assisi Parish in Wakefield, he served as Assistant Pastor at St. John the Evangelist Parish in Slatersville from 1958-1959 and at St. Vincent de Paul Parish in Coventry from 1959-1965. He then became Chaplain at Our Lady of Fatima Hospital in North Providence from 1965-1973 and also served as Chaplain at the Adult Correctional Institution in Cranston from 1971-1976.

In 1976 he was appointed Pastor of St. Joseph Parish in Providence and served there until 1990 when he became Assistant Pastor at St. Martha Parish in East Providence, serving for nearly 12 years. He retired from active ministry in March 2004.

He leaves two nieces, two nephews, several great nieces and nephews and great grandnieces and nephews and his dear friends Paul Jean-Laurent and his family and Evelyn Kelly and Alice Roy. He was the brother of the late Rita Hoard and Edgar Demers.

A Concelebrated Mass of Christian Burial will be offered on Friday, July 27, 2018 at 10:30 AM in All Saints Parish, 323 Rathbun Street, Woonsocket. Burial will be private. Calling hours are respectfully omitted. In lieu of flowers contributions to Drs. Without Borders, PO Box 5030, Hagerstown, Maryland 21741 or the Maryknoll Mission Sisters, PO Box 317, Maryknoll, NY 10545 would be appreciated.

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