Rev. Albert H. Brindamour, 86


Rev. Albert H. Brindamour, 86, pastor emeritus of St. James Church in Manville, died August 30.

Born in West Warwick, he was the son of the late Joseph and Georgiana (Fortier) Brindamour, and attended St. John the Baptist School in West Warwick.

In preparation for the priesthood, he studied at St. Charles Borromeo Seminary in Sherbrooke, Quebec, Canada and at St. Mary Seminary in Baltimore, Maryland. He was ordained a priest on June 16, 1946 at the Cathedral of SS. Peter and Paul in Providence by Bishop Francis P. Keough.

Father Brindamour served as assistant pastor in three parishes: St. Mark in Jamestown (1946-47); St. Aloysius in Woonsocket (1947-58); and St. Ann, also in Woonsocket (1958-68). In October 1968, he was appointed pastor of St. James Church, Manville and remained there until June 1993 when he retired as pastor emeritus.

In addition to his parochial duties, Father Brindamour was also Assistant National Chaplain of the Union St. Jean-Baptist Society from 1972 until 2000; and Dean of Cumberland/Lincoln #13 Deanery (1976).

After his retirement, Father Brindamour retained his residence at St. James rectory but for two years traveled extensively in Canada and Alaska. In later years, he spent the winter in Florida, celebrating Mass for the visiting French-Canadians and playing golf. In 1997, he moved into Precious Blood rectory in Woonsocket, where he assisted in that parish. In January 2004, he became a resident at St. Antoine Residence, North Smithfield.

Father Brindamour was the brother of the late Arthur, Adrien, Florimond, Rosaire, Bernard, Henri, Ovide, Francois and Normand Brindamour; and the late Elizabeth Lefebvre, Edesse Roberts-Burlingame-Schuler, Agnes Kelley, Genevieve Harris and Helen Corneau.

He is survived by many nieces and nephews, including Rev. Edward J. Kelley and Very Rev. Maurice L. Brindamour, both priests in the Diocese of Providence.

A concelebrated Mass of Christian Burial was offered for the repose of his soul on September 4 at St. James Church, Manville with Bishop Thomas J. Tobin as the main celebrant and Bishops Louis E. Gelineau, George H. Pearce and Francis X. Roque and other clergy concelebrating. Very Rev. Maurice Brindamour, pastor of Our Lady, Queen of Martyrs Parish, Woonsocket was the homilist. Burial was in St. James Cemetery.