It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of l\'abbé Camille Dozois on Friday, November 18, 2011, nine days after his 79th birthday. L\'abbé Dozois was born in Vimy, Alberta, on November 9, 1932, the second child of Joseph Edmond and Marie Louise (nee Gagne) Dozois.
A graduate of the Seminaire Universitaire in Ottawa, l\'abbé Camille was ordained June 3, 1956, by then Bishop Henri Routhier, OMI, at Paroisse St-Joachim in Edmonton. In his more than 50 years as a priest, he served as Assistant Pastor in various parishes throughout the Archdiocese of Edmonton, including la Paroisse Immaculée-Conception for over 30 of those years.
He taught Christian Ethics at St. Joseph Seminary, then at Newman Theological College between 1956 and 2000, serving at different times as Prefect of Discipline and Secretary of the College. Over the years, he taught courses in Religious Education and Moral Theology to lay people in Edmonton, Calgary, Regina and in the Grouard/McLennan area of northern Alberta. He retired from teaching at Newman College in 2000 after suffering a stroke. Unbeknownst to anyone including himself, it was discovered he had suffered several dozen mini-strokes throughout his lifetime. He recovered relatively well from the major stroke in 2000. He spent the next 10 years living independently at St. Andrew\'s Centre. In early 2011 he moved to the Venta Care Centre where he continued to receive visitors and reminisce about old times.
L\'abbé Dozois is survived by his two loving sisters: Imelda L\'Heureux of Warburg, and Madeleine (Noel) Chartrand of Edmonton; one nephew; seven nieces; numerous cousins and countless friends.
He was predeceased by his father, Joseph Edmond Dozois in 1963; mother, Marie Louise Dozois\\Coulombe in 1998; step-father, Dominique Coulombe in 1982; two nephews: Raymond L\'Heureux in 1973 and Michel L\'Heureux in 1985; and brother-in-law, Louis L\'Heureux in 2001.
A prayer vigil will take place on Wednesday, November 23, 2011 at 7:30 PM at Connelly-McKinley, 10011 – 114 Street, Edmonton, presided by Father Patrick Baska. Archbishop Richard Smith will celebrate a Mass of Christian Burial on Thursday, November 24, 2011 at 10:00 AM at St. Joseph’s Basilica, 10044 – 113 Street, Edmonton. Graveside and Interment Prayers will be held at Holy Cross Catholic Cemetery after the funeral Mass. In memory of l’abbé Camille’s love of the “SON” we invite all attendees to wear his favorite color YELLOW. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Archdiocese of Edmonton St. Joseph Priests’ Foundation of Edmonton, 8421 – 101 Avenue, Edmonton, AB T6A 0L1 or to the Foundation of St. Joseph Seminary and Newman Theological College (same address as the Archdiocese). Please earmark these donations “For anyone studying for a degree in Religious Education”. These donations will be made available to laypersons, diocesan priests, students, religious men or women studying for the above degree.