WELLAND – A funeral Mass will be celebrated Saturday, Oct. 24 for Roger Babin, a well known and distinguished francophone and Wellander who died Sunday, October 18, aged 88.
Mr. Babin had a lengthy history of involvement in community groups and organizations. He was a former member of Niagara College’s Board of Governors, a school trustee with Niagara South Board of Education and the French-language school board, a charter member and past president of Club Richelieu, member of Société d’Histoire de la Gaspésie; member of Cercle Horace Viau (Richelieu International); former member of Order de Jacques Cartier, associate member of the Royal Canadian Legion Br. 4, Welland and parishioner at Église du Sacré-Coeur, Welland. He worked in production planning and export international sales at Atlas Steels over a 10-year period, and later was head of guidance at Ecole Secondaire Confederation among other teaching positions.
Proud of his Acadian roots, Mr. Babin wrote and published a book, Histoire et généalogie des Babin : au Poitou, en Acadie, en Gaspésie, puis en Ontario, about the genealogy and history of his family whose ancestor, Antoine Babin, settled in Acadia, Nova Scotia in 1646, according to information that is provided in his death notice.
Mr. Babin is remembered as being soft-spoken, articulate and committed to francophone culture, education, faith and his Welland community. Among the condolence messages on the funeral home’s website is one from former Wellander and Confederation student, the celebrated Louise Pitre, who remembers Mr. Babin’s engaging smile, his gentle nature and supportive ways.
The funeral Mass will be celebrated at his parish, Église du Sacré Coeur, 72 Empire St., Welland Saturday at 11 a.m, For complete information, please go to: www.wellandfuneralhome.com