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Rev. Lionel Walsh, SFM

Born In: Allan's Island, Newfoundland and Labrador, Canada
Born: December 29th, 1929

Passed in: Scarborough, Ontario, Canada

Passed away peacefully, at the age of 81, at the Scarborough General Hospital.
Born Dec. 27, 1929, in Allan’s Island, N.L., where he received his early schooling. In the 1950s his family moved to Dingwall, Cape Breton, N.S., where he spent many summers but over the years he returned as often as possible to his “beloved rock”.
Fr. Lionel taught school for a few years before joining the Scarboro Foreign Mission Society. He completed studies in philosophy and theology and is a graduate of both St. Francis Xavier Seminary and St. Augustine’s Seminary in Toronto. He was ordained a priest for the Scarboro Foreign Mission Society in Antigonish, N.S. on Dec. 21, 1957, and then missioned to the Dominican Republic, where he served most of his 54 years of priesthood in the parishes in Azua, Bani, Monte Plaza, Yamasa, El Seibo and Mantanzas. From 1967-1971 he returned to Canada to serve as director of the Scarboro Missions Formation House in Antigonish, N.S. at his beloved St. Francis Xavier University from which he graduated.
Fr. Lionel was predeceased by his parents, Margaret and Frederick Walsh and his brother, Andre.
He is survived by sisters, Sr. Mary Walsh, RSM, Mercy Convent, St. John’s, N.L., Sr. Margaret Walsh, O.L.M., Toronto, Denise (Fox) of Montreal and Charlotte (Fraser) of Baddeck, N.S.
Due to ill health he returned from the Dominican Republic to Canada in 2003.
Fr. Lionel was a wonderful pastoral man, always listening intently to the plight of the other person. He had a special love for the poor treating all with dignity and respect. He will be sadly missed by his sisters and all of his nieces and nephews and the extended family as well as by the priests and lay missioners at Scarboro Missions.
Visitation will be at Scarboro Mission, 2685 Kingston Rd. (at Brimley), Scarborough, today (Friday, April 29) from 7-9 p.m. Wake service at 7:30 p.m. Mass of Resurrection on Saturday, April 30, at 10:30 a.m. Burial at Our Lady, Queen of the Clergy Cemetery.
In his memory, donations may be made to Scarboro Missions.


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