Jan 28, 2013

UPDATED, Jan. 28: Father Roland Galipeau dies at 75




Staff report

SPRINGFIELD – The Springfield Diocese announced this morning that Father Roland J. Galipeau, 75, died on Wednesday, Jan. 23, after a long illness.

Father Galipeau, a longtime pastor in parishes in Holyoke and Chicopee, was a native of Holyoke, where he was born on Aug. 12, 1937. He studied classics at St. Hyacinthe Seminary in Quebec, Canada, and earned degrees in philosophy and theology at the Seminary of Philosophy and the Grand Seminary, respectively, both in Montreal, Canada.

He was ordained to the priesthood on May 9, 1964 at Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary Church in Chicopee by Springfield Bishop Christopher J. Weldon.

He served as a curate pro-tem at St. Peter Parish, Great Barrington and at the former Holy Family Parish, Holyoke, and as a curate at St. Anne Parish, Chicopee; the former Notre Dame Parish, Easthampton; the former Our Lady of Mt. Carmel Parish, Ware; the former St. Thomas Aquinas Parish, Springfield; and the former Notre Dame Parish, North Adams.

Father Galipeau served as administrator of the former Precious Blood Parish in Holyoke from 1978-1979; and also served as dean of the Greater Holyoke Deanery from 1996-1998, 1999-2001, and 2002-2004. He also served as pastor at Precious Blood Parish, Holyoke (1979-1985); the former Our Lady of Perpetual Help, Holyoke (1984-1985); St. Anne Parish, Chicopee (1985-1995); and the former Holy Cross Parish, Holyoke (1995-2007). He retired in 2011.

Father Galipeau was a Knight of the Holy Sepulcher of Jerusalem and was the longtime chaplain of the Fairview Council 4044 Knights of Columbus in Chicopee, where he also served as the Faithful Friar for several years of the Fairview Assembly 2670 Fourth Degree of the Knights of Columbus. In addition, he had previously served as the Faithful Friar of the Archbishop Williams Assembly of the Fourth Degree and was the Knights of Columbus state chaplain in Massachusetts from 2000 until 2009.

He leaves his sister and brother-in-law, Gloria M. LaMarche and her husband, Raymond, of Chicopee; his cherished nephews, retired United States Air Force Colonel Raymond E. LaMarche, Jr. and his wife, Karen, of Havre de Grace, Md., and Gerard R. LaMarche and his wife, Lesley, of Southampton; his cherished grandnephews and grandnieces, United States Army Captain Garrett LaMarche and his wife, Harmony, Ethan LaMarche, Kerri LaMarche, Brigette LaMarche, Eric LaMarche and Andrew LaMarche; and his dear godmother, Cecile A. Hanley of Woonsocket, RI.

The wake for Father Galipeau will be held on Thursday, Jan. 31, from 4-7 p.m., followed by a vigil prayer service, at Our Lady of the Cross Church, Holyoke. The Liturgy of Christian Burial will  be held on Friday, Feb. 1 at 10 a.m. at the church, followed by burial at Notre Dame Cemetery, South Hadley.

Memorial donations be made ito the Fairview Council 4044 Knights of Columbus Scholarship Fund, 1599 Memorial Drive, Chicopee, MA 01020.