Three permanent deacons of archdiocese die in May

Deacon Robert J. Binney

 Deacon Rbert J. (Bob) Binney, a native of Hornell, New York, and a longtime resident of Slidell, died May 3 at the age of 87, following a lengthy illness.

In 1989, he was ordained a permanent deacon and served at St. Luke the Evangelist and St. Margaret Mary parishes in Slidell and at Southeast Louisiana Hospital in Lacombe.

He is survived by his wife of 65 years, Fay Bassemier Binney; two sons, Robert J. Binney Jr. and Michael Binney; four daughters, Debra Byrd-Walters, Karen Binney, Judy Gab and Connie Binney; 16 grandchildren and 21 great-grandchildren.

A Funeral Mass was celebrated May 9 at St. Luke the Evangelist Parish in Slidell. Interment was the following day at Southeast Louisiana Veterans Cemetery.


Deacon Peter E. Duffy

Deacon Peter E. Duffy died May 12 at the age of 85.

He was preceded in death by his wife Jane Suhor Duffy; brothers Morris, James, John Michael; sisters Patricia Duffy Farrell, Eileen Duffy Helmke; and his parents Evelyn Everett Duffy and Dr. Patrick Morris Duffy.

He is survived by his sister Mary Duffy Bonneau; brother-in-law Charles Suhor (Deborah); and five children, Maura Duffy Orgeron (Joshua), Stephen Peter Duffy (Kelli), Patrick Bernard Duffy (Christine), Monica Duffy Campo (Harold) and Andrew Jude Duffy (Daniela). He is also survived by 11 grandchildren.

He was ordained as a permanent deacon in 1987 and shared his spiritual life with others for more than 25 years. He served at St. Maria Goretti Church and with the Matrimonial Tribunal of the Archdiocese of New Orleans.

A Funeral Mass was celebrated May 16 at Our Lady of the Rosary Church in New Orleans. Burial followed at All Saints Mausoleum.


Deacon Donald E. Bourgeois

Deacon Donald E. Bourgeois died May 12 at the age of 75. A Funeral Mass was celebrated May 22 at St. Jane de Chantal Church in Abita Springs.

He was ordained a permanent deacon on Dec. 2, 1989, at St. Louis Cathedral by Archbishop Francis B. Schulte. Shortly thereafter, he was assigned to his home parish of St. John Bosco in Harvey, where he faithfully served for seven years before moving to the northshore. Since October 1996, he served at St. Jane de Chantal and its mission church, St. Michael the Archangel in Bush, where he was the administrator. He was also a fourth-degree member of the Knights of Columbus.

He is survived by his wife of 56 years, Dottie, and his  daughters, Darby Bourgeois and Donna (Wayne) Doherty. He was predeceased by his parents Donald Bourgeois Sr. and Rita Templet Bourgeois; his brother Ronald Bourgeois and sister Darlene Martinez.  He is survived by his brother Gary Bourgeois and sister Kathy Hornosky.

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