The Death of Hormisdas Patenaude -1881

Of the ten children born to Charles Patenaude and Osithe Gamache, three died young: Joseph François Adelard who died in 1880, an unnamed child who died shortly after birth in 1881, and Hormisdas who also died in 1881. This must have been a rough time for the family. The death of Hormisdas Patenaude is recorded as S.67 on the record below, which can be found on Ancestry.com as image 33 of 36 in the records for Coaticook (St-Edmond) for the year 1881.

The Death Record of Hormisdas Patenaude - 1881

The Death Record of Hormisdas Patenaude – 1881

SOURCE: Gabriel Drouin, comp. Drouin Collection. Montréal, Québec, Canada: Institut Généalogique Drouin. Death and Burial Record of Hormisdas Patenaude, Mission of St. Edmond, Coaticook, Stanstead Co., Québec, Canada, 1881. Front of Folio 33, S.67.

Click on the link for a PDF copy of the Death Record of Hormisdas Patenaude – 1881. Translated from the French, the record states:

S.67 [Burial #67]
Hormisdas
Patenaude

On the twentieth of December, one thousand eight hundred eighty one, we, the undersigned priest have buried in the cemetery of this parish, the body of Hormisdas, who died on the eighteenth of the current month at seventeen years of age, the legitimate boy of Charles Patenaude and Osithe Gamache of this parish. Those present were: Jean Marcoux and Charles Patenaude, who were not able to sign.

[signed] W[ilfred] Lussier, Priest

Hormisdas Valentin Patenaude was born on 14 May 1864, the second child and first-born son of Charles Patenaude and Osithe Gamache. His death record correctly states that he was seventeen years old at the time of his death.

The name Hormisdas is rather unusual. Hormisdas was apparently named for Saint Hormisdas, who was Pope from 514 to 523.

Saint Hormisdas was a widower at the time of his election to the papacy and he had a son, Silverius, who was also elected to the papacy. Saint Hormisdas is known for reuniting the Eastern and Western Churches, and his papacy is remembered as a time of peace in the Church. Saint Hormisdas is the patron saint of grooms and stable boys. His feast is celebrated on 06 August.

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