Death of Fr. Gary Ostler

Fr Gary Ostler

Rev. Gary Ostler

( Major Reverend Gary Ostler)

April 5, 1946 – May 29, 2008

After suffering a stroke about a week ago, Fr. Gary Ostler, Pastor of St. Columban’s Parish in Cornwall, Ontario died of complications at 3:00am on May 29, 2008 at the Civic Hospital in Ottawa, Ontario. Fr. David Ostler, his brother was at his bedside at the time of his death. Although all the arrangements for his funeral have not been finalized, his funeral is scheduled for Monday, June 2, 2008 at St. Columban’s Parish at 10am. There will be visitation at Wilson’s Funeral Home   from 2-4 & 7-9 on Saturday May 31, 2008. His body will be transferred to St. Columban’s Church with prayer and visitation in the church from 2-4 & 7-9 on Sunday June 1, 2008. The official Obituary at Wilson’s is now available. I will update more information as it it becomes available. May he rest in peace – let us remember him in our prayers. I will definitely miss Gary who I have known as a friend for over 35 years from the time that we studied together at the University of Ottawa. Fr. Gary’s parents are deceased. He will be sadly missed by his sister, Gail, and his two brothers, John & Fr. David, and numerous neices and nephews, his many friends in the Canadian Armed Forces, and friends and parishioners at St. Columban’s, St. Francis de Sales, St. Raphael’s, Nativity, and across the Diocese of Alexandria-Cornwall.

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Fr. Gary had an extensive career, as a chaplain, in the Canadian Armed Forces. He served in this capacity for 40 years, and retired as a Major in 2006. Bob Kilger MP presented him the ‘Jubilee Medal’ on behalf of the people of Canada, and at the time of his retirement he was decorated with two bars. Locally, he was chaplain to the Royal Canadian Legion in Cornwall, Chaplain to the Air Force at Nav Canada, and Chaplain to the Stormont-Dundas Glengarry Highlanders. (I am gathering some information on his Military career, and will soon do a post on his years of military service) Now Posted: Please go to the above post: Fr. Gary Ostler: Tribute To His 40 Years of Military Service by the Chaplain General: Chaplain Ron Burke



3 thoughts on “Death of Fr. Gary Ostler

  1. Living with Gary for nearly four years taught me much about parish leadership and good administration. His friendship and ecnouragement was a source of blessing for myself and many others in discernment. His heart was his greatest asset!


  2. It is just unfathomable to read and accept that Fr. Gary whom I knew too well, one of my very first friends and mentors in the Diocese from the day I arrived Cornwall in 1999 has passed on. I experienced among other things Fr. Gary’s kindness, examplary and edifying personality and leadership acumen. These touched and influenced me in diverse ways. They would definitely keep his memory alive in me and the many others who crossed paths with him during his services as God’s priest and messenger to his flock and to his country. Fr. Gary, may God give you serenity and rest you peacefully in his bossom! My condolence to Bishop Durocher, the entire Presbyterium, the parishioners of St. Columbans and the people of the diocese and in a very special manner Fr. David Ostler and his family.


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