TIVERTON — Reverend Gerald W. Hussey, 72, Pastor Emeritus of St. Catherine of Siena Parish, Little Compton, and St. Madeleine Sophie Parish, Tiverton, died Saturday, March 23, 2019.
Born in Providence, a son of the late Walter J. and Evelyn (Hobin), he attended Barrington elementary schools and Barrington High School, all located in the town of Barrington.
In preparation for the priesthood, he studied at Providence College and at Pope John XXIII Seminary in Weston, Massachusetts. The Most Reverend Kenneth A. Angell ordained him a priest on November 4, 1978 at St. Brendan Parish in Riverside.
Father Hussey served as assistant pastor at St. Luke Parish, Barrington (1978-81); Sts. Peter and Paul Parish, West Warwick (1981-82); Mary, Mother of Mankind Parish, North Providence (1982-91); and at St. Augustine Parish, Providence (1991-96). In 1996, he was appointed pastor of St. Catherine of Siena Parish, Little Compton. In 2000, Father Hussey also assumed the pastorate of St. Madeleine Sophie Parish, Tiverton, while remaining pastor of St. Catherine of Siena. Father served at St. Catherine of Siena and St. Madeleine Sophie until his retirement as Pastor Emeritus of both parishes in 2017.
Father Hussey also served as a member of the diocesan Catholic Cemeteries Board.
During his retirement, Father Hussey resided at his home in Newport and assisted at area parishes.
A concelebrated Mass of Christian Burial for the repose of his soul was offered on March 30 at St. Luke Church, Barrington, with Bishop Robert J. McManus, Bishop of the Diocese of Worcester, Massachusetts, as the main celebrant and Bishop Salvatore R. Matano, Bishop of the Diocese of Rochester, New York, serving as the homilist. Bishop Louis E. Gelineau and other clergy concelebrated the funeral Mass.
Burial was in Gate of Heaven Cemetery, East Providence.