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Born: Jul 26, 1941

Date of Passing: Oct 25, 2019

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Reverend Gary Robert Killen, a priest of the Archdiocese of Winnipeg, passed away on October 25, 2019 at the age of 78.
Fr. Killen was born in Winnipeg on July 26, 1941. He was the son of the late Alexander and Jessie (nee Scott) Killen. He is survived by cousins, Malcolm and Margaret-Allison (nee Killen) Symonds and Janet Killen.
After studies at the University of Manitoba, where he received his B.A. in 1964, Fr. Gary attended St. Augustine's Seminary in Toronto. He was ordained to the Priesthood at St. Mary's Cathedral in Winnipeg on May 10, 1969.
Fr. Killen served in a number of assignments including, as Parochial Vicar of St. Augustine's Parish in Brandon (1969), and Immaculate Conception Parish in Winnipeg (1969 to 1972). He served as Chaplain to the Universities of Manitoba and Winnipeg (1972 to 1982) and as Parochial Administrator of Our Lady of Fatima Parish in Winnipeg (1979 to 1982). Fr. Killen served as Pastor of the St. Charles Parish in Winnipeg (1982 to 1983) and as Parochial Vicar of St. Paul the Apostle Parish in Winnipeg (1983). From 1985 to 1997, Fr. Gary served as District Chaplain - Veteran's Affairs Canada (including Deer Lodge Centre in Winnipeg). From 1997 until his retirement he served as a Chaplain at St. Boniface Hospital. In addition, Fr. Gary served as a Navy Reserve Chaplain, and for over 30 years celebrated the Saturday and Sunday afternoon Masses at Holy Rosary Parish in Winnipeg. Fr. Gary was also involved in the establishment of St. Nicholas Tavelich Croatian Parish in Winnipeg.
A Funeral Mass will be celebrated on Saturday, November 30, 2019 at Immaculate Conception Parish, 181 Austin Street N., Winnipeg, MB beginning at 10:00 a.m. The Most Reverend Richard Gagnon, Archbishop of Winnipeg, will preside. A reception will follow in the Parish Hall. Interment in the Priest's section of Assumption Cemetery will follow.

475 Provencher Blvd.,
in care of arrangements, 204-775-2220

As published in Winnipeg Free Press on Nov 23, 2019

Condolences & Memories (11 entries)

  • My most deepest sympathy. I left Winnipeg in 1975. Sympathy to the colleagues and family of the late father Gary Killen. I met Father Killen in 1973 when I was living in Winnipeg. We became good friends I left Winnipeg in 1975 and we kept in contact, whenever he was in Toronto he called and I saw him. Somehow we drifted apart, and I have not been back to Winnipeg in years years, so I went to look for his number to call him to hopefully see him when in Winnipeg, and no number so I googled him to find this. Again My deepest sympathy David - Posted by: david fenster (friend) on: Oct 20, 2020

  • He was one of the very best homilists in the province, totally unique. When he spoke, he grabbed your attention, and you never forgot his words. I will always remember how he conducted the holy sacrifice of the Mass with such great reverence. Many don't know that Fr. Killen also had a tremendous devotion to the poor through his work in food banks and homeless shelters. We have lost a brilliant, kind priest. Please pray for the repose of his soul. - Posted by: Larry Rados (friend) on: Nov 30, 2019

  • Fr. Gary, you are the loyal follower of Jesus Christ. His motto: Ad majorem Dei gloriam - “For the greater glory of God,” Deo gratias - “Thanks be to God for Priests like You.” - Posted by: Fr. John Mostivsky (Loyal Friend. ) on: Nov 29, 2019

  • Gary you were a true friend and neighbor of ours over the past 20 yrs or so, we always enjoyed your company during the winter months in Arizona, we already miss you. May you rest in peace, it will never be the same here. - Posted by: Dan & Vicki Martinuik (Neighbors and friends in Mesa Spirit RV Park-Mesa, Az) on: Nov 26, 2019

  • We will miss you Fr. Gary, rest in peace. Many times in the past I've asked Fr. Killen to assist me with Masses in the parishes when I was away. He was always ready to help. The last time I asked him to celebrate Masses for St. Anthony Hungarian and Our Lady of Lourdes Slovenian was for the 2 consecutive weekends of September 29 & 30 and October 7, 2018. He told me then that he moved to his cottage at the lake. We, parishioners and friends, will always remember you Fr. Gary Killen in our prayers. Rev. Dado (friend). - Posted by: Rev. Dado Parrenas (Pastor) on: Nov 25, 2019

  • I was an alter server for Fr Gary at St. Charles church, he was the priest that presided over my marriage, baptized my son and later my son was also an alter server for Fr Killen. Such an amazing man, incredible priest. Very thought provoking sermons that were so relatable to people’s lives. I attended the Holy Rosary Parish for his Sunday afternoon masses. A very holy man, always available for counsel. A kind man with a great sense of humour. I miss you already Father. Please say hello to my little sister in heaven. God bless your soul. Xo - Posted by: Claire Geraghty (Friend/ congregant ) on: Nov 25, 2019

  • You will be so sadly missed by so many. Many memories you have left us with. - Posted by: Barbara Mager (Friend) on: Nov 24, 2019

  • I've been so blessed having Gary for a friend! Will miss you dearly, my friend! So loved you! - Posted by: Deanna Kimball (Friend ) on: Nov 24, 2019

  • Gary, whom I knew mostly as Father, visited me while I was in the St. Boniface Hospital when I was in the ICU for several weeks. He gave me hope and faith to carry on and that I was not alone. It was not until summertime that I found out that he was my next door neighbour at the lake. We spoke whenever we met and was always inspirational to me. It is with deep sadness that we found out about his sudden passing and send our deepest sympathy to his family. I will remember him every time I look out our window for the rest of my life. - Posted by: Dennis & Barbara Sutherland (Neighbour ) on: Nov 24, 2019

  • Rest in peace Fr. Gary. I enjoyed our years of working together in hospital chaplaincy. - Posted by: Douglas Kellough (Fellow Chaplain) on: Nov 23, 2019

  • Fr. Killen was a Wonderful priest. Our Lady Of Lourdes have known him since 1965. His sermons were short and but memorial, it touched your soul. It made you think what He preached. He was the first to say English mass in our parish. When our priest went on vacation Fr. Killen said mass. Our Picnics won't be the same. He said mass at our picnic grounds last time for Fathers Day this year. He Loved our Community. His comment was ask your pastor to take a longer Holiday. He was very well liked and respected. He will be missed. One comment that sticks in my head is LIFE IS LIKE A Twig, How true. May He rest in Peace and Perpetual light shine upon Him. - Posted by: Mary (Our lady of Lourdes Parish) on: Nov 23, 2019

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