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Reverend Charles B. McDermott

July 26, 1933 January 27, 2017
Reverend Charles B. McDermott
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Reverend Charles B. McDermott, Priest of the Diocese of Providence , died Friday, January 27, 2017 , at Scalabrini Villa. At the time of his death, Father was surrounded by family and friends.

Born in the Fox Point Area of Providence, on July 26, 1933, he was the son of the late Irma A (Ring) And John F. McDermott, retired Captain of the Providence Fire Department.

Father McDermott was preceded in death by four of his siblings: his twin brother Raymond L "Bo"; sisters Irma "Pat" Poirier and Helen M; and brother John F "Mac" (retired chief of the Providence Fire Dept.) He is survived by his sister Mary L Cunningham of Warwick, and by many nieces and nephews, all of whom added much happiness to his life.

Having been formed in the Roman Catholic faith by his loving parents, siblings, extended family, and friends, he was educated at the Cleary School, staffed by the dedicated Sisters of Mercy. He graduated in 1948 and continued his education under the guidance of the De LaSalle Christian Brothers at LaSalle Academy in Providence. He graduated in 1951.

He then began his journey to the priesthood, studying at St Peter's College in Washington, D.C. ; Our Lady of Providence Seminary in Warwick; St. Mary's Seminary in Baltimore. He finished his studies in June, 1963, and was ordained for the priesthood in Providence at the Cathedral of Saints peter and Paul by Bishop Russell J. McVinney, D.D.

Father McDermott served the people of God in Blackstone Valley, East Bay, Providence and Narragansett.

He started at St. Teresa's, Pawtucket; then St. Leo's, Pawtucket. 1963-1966; St. Patrick's, Valley Falls, 1966-1967; the Cathedral of Saints Peter and Paul, Providence, 1967-1969; Saint Maria Goretti, Pawtucket, 1969-1975.

In 1975, Father was appointed Assistant Chancellor, Advocate at the Diocesan Tribunal, and assistant Pastor at St. John's Church, Providence. In February 1985, he was transferred to St. Mary's, Bristol, becoming administrator and then pastor there. In 1991, he became pastor of Saint Joseph's Church, Pawtucket. In July of 2004, upon his retirement, he became Pastor Emeritus.

In addition to his pastoral duties, Fr McDermott served three years as a member of the Priests' Personnel Board. In 1991, he enjoyed sabbatical studies at the North American College in Rome, Italy.



When he retired from his pastorate, Fr McDermott moved to DeLaSalle Christian Brothers Center, Narragansett, as Chaplian-in-Residence. It was during this chaplaincy that one of the Brothers said, "Father McDermott is exactly what Jesus had in mind when He instituted the priesthood".



When Fr McDermott retired he moved to the family home in Bonnet Shores to live with his sister Helen. Fr McDermott spent the final few months at Scalabrini Villa.
To all those who supported and helped him to attain his goals in life, he expressed his deep gratitude and love: "Live Jesus in our hearts! Forever!"

Calling hours will be Tuesday, January 31, 2017, from Monahan Drabble Sherman Funeral Home, 230 Waterman Ave, Providence, RI from 4:00-6:00 PM. The Mass of Resurrection will be celebrated for Father McDermott at St Joseph's Church, Hope St, Providence, RI on Wednesday, February 1, 2017 at 11:00AM. St Joseph's was the church where young Charles McDermott received Baptism, First Communion, and Confirmation, and the place where Father Charles McDermott celebrated his first Mass. Burial will follow at Mt Saint Mary's Cemetery, Pawtucket, RI. In lieu of flowers donations may be made to Scalabrini Villa 860 North Quidnessett Rd., North Kingstown, RI 02852 for their Garden Fund.

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