OBITUARY

Rev. Marc Gervais, S.J.

December 3, 1929March 25, 2012

Father Marc GERVAIS, S.J.

Father Marc Gervais, S.J. died peacefully at Rene Goupil Jesuit Infirmary at Pickering, Ontario on Sunday March 25th, 2012. He was in his 83rd year of life and his 62nd year of religious life. Marc was born in Sherbrooke, Quebec, on December 3, 1929, of Césaire Gervais and Sylvia Mullins. After his early schooling at St. Patrick`s in Sherbrooke, he spent four years at Loyola College, Montreal, where he graduated with a BA in 1950. He began his Jesuit life in 1950 and after many years of study was ordained a priest in 1963. He received a M.A. in Theatre from Catholic University in Washington, DC and a PhD later from the Sorbonne, Paris. Marc returned to Loyola College in 1967to teach in the Communication Arts program there and remained for thirty five years in that department as professor, until his retirement on July 31, 2003. He became a renowned authority on the Swedish film director, Ingmar Bergman, and produced a critical biography of him: Ingmar Bergman - Magician and Prophet. Marc also assisted in establishing at Concordia`s Loyola Campus, the Loyola Peace Institute and the Lonergan University College. He served a term on the CRTC in Ottawa. He was a regular celebrant in the Loyola Chapel. He remained a much sought after film consultant until 2009 when ill health brought about his full retirement at the Jesuit Infirmary at Pickering, Ontario. He is survived by his sister Constance Moison, his brother Andres, many relatives, his Jesuit brothers, and many friends around the world. Visitation on Wednesday, March 28 from 7 9 p.m. at St. Ignatius Chapel, Manresa: Jesuit Spiritual Renewal Centre, 2325 Liverpool Road, Pickering, Ontario. Visitation on Thursday, March 29 from 2 4 p.m. and 7 9 p.m. at Loyola Jesuit Hall and Conference Centre on the Loyola Campus of Concordia University, 7141 Sherbrooke St. West, Montreal. Mass of the Resurrection will be celebrated at Saint Ignatius of Loyola at 4455 West Broadway, Montreal, on Friday, March 30, 2012 at 11 a.m. Interment in the Jesuit Cemetery, Guelph, Ontario, Saturday, March 31, 2012 at 2:30 p.m. In memory of Father Gervais donations may be made to the Jesuit Development Office, 43 Queen`s Park Crescent East Toronto, ON M5S 2C3

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Services

  • Visitation

    Wednesday, March 28, 2012

  • Visitation

    Thursday, March 29, 2012

  • Visitation

    Thursday, March 29, 2012

  • Mass of the Resurrection

    Friday, March 30, 2012

Memories

Rev. Marc Gervais, S.J.

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Joe Borg

April 16, 2012

Thank you Marc for teaching me not only how to read a film but also how to be a good priest working in the communications media environment. from your place in heaven pray for us.
Fr Joe Borg - Malta

John Corrigan

April 2, 2012

I cannot imagine the world without Marc Gervais in it. My wamrest memories of my days of Loyola are of classes and screenings and lots of laughs with Marc. I was proud to be his teaching assistant for 2 years. His enthusiasm for his work was infectious and influences me to this day. There will be some great film shows in heaven with Marc at the helm.May he find eternal peace and may God bless his memory.

Karen Schwinghamer

March 31, 2012

Marc Gervais was one of my favourite professors - interesting, wry, incisive. He challenged us to think about film on many levels, and to appreciate it as an art form. He helped us develop critical faculties that continue to serve us well. We will miss his gentleness and sharp intelligence very much.

Michael Donovan

March 31, 2012

I graduated Communications because of Marc, and he wrote the letter of recomendation that got me into USC. He welcomed me back as a professor, and got me my first job as a scriptwriter. Marc married Jane and I, and baptised our two kids. His influence on all things right and good in my life has been unparalleled. That his passing can take so much away, yet his life leave so much behind, is a legacy singularly his. Till we meet again, Marc.

March 31, 2012

MY DEEPEST SYMPATHY. MARC MADE HIS SOLEMN COMMUNION AT ST. PATRICK'S CHURCH AT THE SAME TIME AS I DID. HE WAS FIRST IN LINE ON THE BOYS SIDE AND I WAS FIRST IN LINE ON THE GIRLS SIDE. WHEN I WAS STILL IN MONTREAL I SAW HIM SEVERAL TIMES AT LOYOLA CHAPEL. ISOBEL WORKMAN (ALSO FROM SHERBROOKE)

J Balevi

March 30, 2012

30 years ago I was privilaged to take all my cinema courses with Marc Gervais. He was and still is my most favourite educator ever. Rest in peace.

March 30, 2012

Chers Constance et André
Toutes mes sympathies et celles de ma famille suite au décès de Marc. Je n'ai malheureusement pas eu la chance de le côtoyer beaucoup mais j'ai suivi son parcours "à distance" et constaté sa grande érudition et sa grande classe qui me rappelaient ma tante Sylvia...
Votre cousin
Jean Tousignant
Gatineau (Qué)

Stacey Clark

March 29, 2012

I am a housekeeper at Rene Goupel Jesuits Infirmary. I only knew Father Gervais for a short time. He was a very spirtual and loving human being. He always had such a warm smile. My condolenes to the family, friends and Jesuits. Rest in peace father. I will truly miss you.

March 29, 2012

Dear Connie and Andre, my deepest sympathies to both of you on the occasion of Marc's death. He will always be fondly remembered by many and by me in a special way, especially for having said the mass at Mother's funeral. With fondest love to both of you,
Heather Holland Pickett, Kingston, Ont.

Donna Stella Vekteris

March 29, 2012

My condolences to Father Marc Gervais's family, his fellow Jesuits and many friends. Father Gervais was a kind and generous spirit, a gentleman, a scholar, and the world is a duller place without him. I learned so much from him and will not forget him.

FROM THE FAMILY