The death of Rose Mary Babitch, Professor Emerita of the Université de Moncton, occurred on Monday, September 28, 2020, at the Turnbull Home in Saint John.
She is survived by her niece Toni Scott (Bob) of Saint John; her great-nephew Brendan O’Mahony of Saint John; two great-nieces Erin O’Mahony of Saint John, and Tara Goguen (Shane) of Saint John; a great-grandniece Matilda and a great-grandnephew Lachlan; special friends Dolly and Norman Goguen; as well as many friends and colleagues.
Rose Mary was predeceased by her parents, Andrew Babitch and Antonina Kozlikowska, who had immigrated to Canada from Eastern Europe in the early 1900s; by her brothers Edward, Joseph and Frank; and by her sister-in-law, Karolina Potyrala.
Born in Montreal on February 13, 1932, Rose Mary attended McGill University (BA) and the Université de Montréal (BPéd), and then studied at the Université de Paris (Vincennes) where she obtained masters and doctoral degrees in Linguistics. She taught English as a second language at the Université de Moncton, campus de Shippagan (UMCS), from 1973 to 1997. Her research focused on Acadian French, and she published important studies of the fishing terminology used on Lamèque and Miscou Islands in northeastern New Brunswick. For many years after her retirement, she continued to reside in Shippagan and remained a strong supporter of UMCS.
Rose Mary’s family is very grateful to the staff of the Turnbull Home for the kindness and care that she received during her final years.
In accordance with Rose Mary’s wishes, a Memorial Mass will be celebrated at Saint-Jérôme Catholic Church in Shippagan, on Friday, October 23, 2020, at 1 pm. Burial will take place at Notre-Dame-des-Neiges Cemetery in Montreal at a later date. Messages of condolence can be sent to the email of Bulger Haché Funeral Home, Shippagan (firstname.lastname@example.org).