Obituary: Father Donald Ravey
Father Donald Ravey of South Burlington died at his residence June 27.
He was the son of Donald Ravey Sr. and Margaret Curtis Ravey, born on May 31, 1935, in Burlington.
He attended Burlington Catholic schools and graduated from Cathedral High School and St. Michael’s College in Colchester. He received his training for the priesthood at St. Paul’s Seminary in Ottawa. He was ordained to the priesthood on May 27, 1961, by Burlington Bishop Robert Joyce at the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception in Burlington.
Father Ravey’s priestly ministry in the Diocese of Burlington included service in churches in St. Albans, Essex Junction, Waitsfield, Morrisville, Hyde Park, Eden, Williston and Richmond. He also served on various diocesan commissions, in the chaplaincy program at St. Elizabeth Hospital in Washington, D.C., and in the chaplaincy department at the Medical Center Hospital of Vermont.
Father Ravey retired from active ministry in 2009 but continued assisting his brother priests by celebrating Mass in various parishes until declining health prevented him from continuing.
Father Ravey is survived by his friend of 54 years and caregiver, Roger Ross; his brother Patrick Ravey and his wife, Gayle, of North Carolina and their children; his sister, Kathy Ravey, and daughter of Essex Junction; and a cousin, Sister of Mercy Ruth Ravey of South Burlington.
Calling hours will be July 1 at LaVigne Funeral Home from 3 to 7 p.m. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated July 2 at Christ the King Church in Burlington at 10 a.m. with Burlington Bishop Christopher Coyne as celebrant.
Burial will take place at Resurrection Park Cemetery in South Burlington following the Mass.