LACASSE DIES — Rev. Jean Marie Lacasse, OMI, died Dec. 27 at the age of 88. Born in 1926, Lacasse grew up on a dairy farm near Clarence Creek, Ont. He attended Sacred Heart College in Ottawa and university in Ottawa, where he studied philosophy. He later studied at Sacred Heart Seminary in Lebret, Sask. He pronounced his first vows as a Missionary Oblate of Mary Immaculate in 1947 in Richelieu, Que., and his perpetual vows in 1950 in Lebret. He was ordained in 1952 in Clarence Creek. He taught motor mechanics at College Mathieu in Gravelbourg, Sask., where he also provided parish ministry in the diocese. Lacasse served in a number of First Nations communities as well, including Muskowekwan, Fishing Lake, Yellow Quill and Kinistin reserves. In 1970 he began serving parishes in the Perigord and Rose Valley area of Saskatchewan. He retired from parish ministry in 2012.