HAIGHT, Fr. Neil Stirling OMI - Born in Bracebridge, Ontario, on August 6, 1925, Father Neil Stirling Haight, OMI, died on September 6, 2016, following a well-lived and generous life.
He was the fourth child of the late John Haight and Helen Kirby and was predeceased by older brothers Terence, Brian, and Owen, and younger sister, Helen.
Called up to the army in Grade 12, he was a Morse Code operator during WWII. After the war, he earned a Bachelor of Arts degree from St. Michael’s College in Toronto, and became a teacher.
A long and successful teaching career began at a one-room school in Gogama, Ontario, continued as a teacher in Grade 6 at Bracebridge Public School for four years, and concluded as Principal of the school.
Following his retirement from education, he joined the Missionary Oblates of Mary Immaculate in 1976, and began his study for the Roman Catholic Priesthood at the Oblate Novitiate in Arnprior, and at St. Paul University in Ottawa. He was ordained in The Pas, MB, on November 19, 1979, by Archbishop Paul Dumouchel, OMI. For over 35 years he served generously in The Pas, MB, Flin Flon, MB, Enfield, NS, Happy Valley-Goose Bay, Labrador, Fort Frances, ON, West St. Modest, Labrador, and Labrador City, Labrador.
Once retired, he moved to Hamilton, ON, and was a well-loved parishioner of both St. Patrick Parish and the Cathedral Basilica of Christ the King. Father Neil was a proud Associate member of the Grey Nuns whom he greatly admired.
He will be waked at St. Patrick Parish, 440 King Street East, Hamilton, ON, on Monday, September 12, from 2-4pm and 7-9pm, with Evening Prayer at 8:15pm.
A funeral Mass will be celebrated at St. Patrick Parish on Tuesday, September 13, at 10:30 a.m. Cremation will follow, with burial in the family plot in Bracebridge, ON, at a later date.
He will be fondly remembered by many good friends across the country. May he experience the reward promised to good and faithful servants!
In lieu of flowers, donations to St. Patrick Outreach Program 440 King Street East, Hamilton, ON L8N 1C6 will gratefully be received. Donations can be made through CanadaHelps.