Rev. Mervin Fernback

19 July 1927 - 10 July 2014

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Fr. Mervin is survived by his brother Ray (Helen) and by 15 nephews and nieces. Fr. Mervin was predeceased by his parents Irene and Joseph, by his sisters Maureen Gipp, Audrey Kennedy, also by his devoted housekeeper of 42 years, Joan Backshall. Fr. Mervin will be greatly missed by his close friends Larry and Barb Mullen, their 3 children, and especially by his brother priests of the Diocese of St. Catharines. Fr. Mervin was ordained in Toronto in 1952. His first assignment was at St. Mary's in Welland, followed by the Cathedral of St. Catherine of Alexandria. He then served as a Hospital Chaplain for three years. Fr. Mervin was then appointed as a Pastor at St. Elizabeth's, St. John Bosco, St. Patricks in Merriton and St. Martin of Tours in Smithville. Fr. Mervin retired in 1999, but continued to serve the faithful at the Cathedral until his death.

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mary louise gilbert 3 years ago
i visited my friends Jenny and Trevor Anderson in St. Catharines for six weeks, in the month of May/June 2014, and during that time had the privilege of attending the Saturday evening mass said by Father Fernback. I was struck with the joy and enthusiasm with which this true man of God delivered his homilies and he showed how despite his discomfort and pain how the spirit of God just shone through him I also saw how much he was loved by his brother priests and by the parishioners of St. Catharines. My thoughts and prayers go out to his family and friends

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Trevor and Jenny 3 years ago
We so loved and respected Father Fernback. Rest in peace, good and faithful servant.

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gloria (chorister) 3 years ago
God has placed within each of us an eternal soul. From the moment of of our birth, that soul exists forever. Death is not the end of Father Fernback's life story, it is just the end of a chapter. On July 10th my birthday, our dear Lord called you home; remember me when you enter His kingdom.

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Ted & Mitcheline Oakes 3 years ago
To the family of Fr. M. Fernback and the church family. We are saddened to learn of the passing of Fr. Fernback. At a time like this, we are at a loss for adequate words of comfort that will ease your grief. We pray that our Heavenly Father sustain you during this time of your bereavement and bless you with kindness and peace. Please accept our sincere and heartfelt condolences. Ted &Mitcheline Oakes Fellow parishioners

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