SASKATOON — Rev. Patrick McCoy died peacefully Jan. 4 at St. Joseph’s Nursing Home in Saskatoon at the age of 67.
Born in 1947, in Prszemysl, Poland, McCoy was ordained in 1975 into the Order of the Conventual Franciscans (Black Franciscans). He served as parish priest in Poland until his exile to France in 1984, as a political refugee.
He then came to the Diocese of Peterborough, Ont., and in 1988 he joined the Archdiocese of Regina where he served in a number of parishes.
In 2005, McCoy moved to Saskatoon due to health issues. In 2007, he was appointed chaplain at St. Ann’s Senior Citizen Village in Saskatoon and remained there until April 2012, when he retired due to failing health. McCoy then became a resident of St. Joseph’s Ukrainian Catholic Home where he resided until his death.
His hobbies included coin, stamp and pen collecting. He was a member of the Toastmasters Club since 1982.
A Vigil Service was held Jan. 11 in the Chapel at St. Joseph’s Nursing Home, and the Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated Jan. 12 at St. Philip Neri Roman Catholic Church in Saskatoon.