Roger Martineau was born in the parish of St-Pierre-Apôtre, Montreal, on January 10, 1932, son of Donat Martineau and Rolande Guérard. He was the eldest of 11 children. He was educated by Marists Brothers in the local primary school and later in Iberville high school and in 1948 becoming a postulant and novice. Following his novitiate, he studied three years at the Mariani college in Pougkeepsie, New York, and obtained a Master’s degree in English. After teaching two years in La Tuque he moved to Rhodesia, Africa, eventually becoming school Principal. In 1977, he returned to Quebec and was admitted to le Grand Séminaire de Montréal.
He was ordained priest by Mgr Grégoire in 1981 and began his ministry at St-Esprit de Rosemont parish and later at St-Sacrament parish in Lachine.
In 1988 he became the long serving pastor of the bilingual parish of St-Luke in Dollard-des-Ormeaux, where he enjoyed his work with the community until 2007 when he became assistant pastor of Jesus Light of the World, serving both St. David and Mary Queen of Peace parishes. He died peacefully at the Angus retirement home on December 17, 2017 at the age of 85 years and 11 months. He is reunited with his parents, his sister Lise and brother Yvon.
He will be lovingly remembered for his integrity, dedication to his ministry, love of classical music, and his joie de vivre. His pleasant disposition and openness made him very accessible and loved by those knew him.
Fr. Roger Martineau will be deeply missed by his sisters, Sr. Suzanne and Monique (Walter Gilker), his brothers Paul (Ghyslaine Ferland), Pierre (Colette Rioux), Jean (Hélène Fournier), Michel (Louise Pagé), Jacques (Suzanne Emery) and Daniel (Lucie Verreault), his nieces, nephews as well as numerous friends.
The visitation will take place at St-Luke’s Parish, 106 Anselme-Lavigne, Dollard-des-Ormeaux, H9A 1N8, on Thursday December 21, from 2-5 p.m. and 6-9 p.m. (liturgy at 8 p.m.) and Friday December 22 fro, 10 a.m.-12 noon. The funeral mass will be celebrated in the same church at 12 noon, followed by burial at Rideau Gardens in Dollard-des-Ormeaux.
Les arrangements ont été confiés à Voluntas (514-695-7979, voluntas.ca).
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