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Rev. Louis Philippe Caissie

December 12, 1937 - June 22, 2017

pic "Father Louie" to the early gay community in Halifax. He was one of the brave pioneers in Halifax who were openly gay and proud in the early days.

Father Louie spent his formative years in his home town of Grand-Digue, NB, before moving to Halifax where he graduated from St. Patrick's High School in 1955 and completed undergraduate studies at Saint Mary's University, and theology at Holy Heart Seminary. He was ordained to the priesthood in 1962.

Formally minister at the Victoria General and the New Halifax Infirmary Hospitals, as well as a Supervisor in Clinical Pastoral Education there during much of the AIDS Crisis of the '80s and '90s, as well as at the AIDS Coalition of Nova Scotia; informally he was minister and friend to anyone with needs, but especially in the LGBT community.

He was supportive of the alcoholic and addicted subgroup of our community and arranged for space for the local 12-step LGBT Alcoholics Anonymous group, LiveAndLetLive, to have their annual conference, the CourageRoundup.

Ross Haynes, QC, writes: I met Louis in the early 90's in the midst of the AIDS/HIV crisis. I was first Chair of AIDS Nova Scotia, and later with WilsonHodder was co-chair of the AIDS Coalition here in Halifax, where at the time Louis was ministering. Rev Louis's was an inspiration to many in the community concerned with HIV/AIDS and he took leadership in understanding/confronting the challenges facing the, now referenced, LGBTQ community and the wider population. Louis was a leader and I was better for having met him. My condolences to Louis's family and friends - we have lost a fine man.

Visitation & Funeral

The Snow Funeral Home Obituary & Online Guest Book is here

Visitation will be at St. Peter's Church, 10 Maple Street, Dartmouth on Monday, June 26th, from 2:00 to 4:00 pm and 7:00 to 9:00 pm, with a vigil service at 7:30 pm.

Mass of Christian Burial will be on Tuesday, June 27, 2017 at St. Peter's Church at 11:00 am. Burial will be at Gate of Heaven Cemetery, Lower Sackville.

Messages may be left at the [[

Memorial donations to the AIDS projects in Africa, the Stephen Lewis Foundation or Phoenix House would be appreciated. For online condolences, please visit: