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Mar 10, 2015

Popular Priest Passes Away

Kurt Kassebeer

Beloved and well-known Catholic Reverend Kurt Kassebeer, pastor at Our Lady of Guadalupe Co-cathedral Parish in Belmopan, passed away abruptly on Monday night.  News Five has learned that Father Kassebeer succumbed to a massive heart attack and a memorial mass was held tonight to celebrate his life.  Kassebeer was a celebrated priest and was succeeded at Saint Joseph Parish, where he served for a number of years, by Father Noel Leslie.  Father Kurt, as he is fondly known, is remembered in the media for leading a congregation of worshippers to the scene of a road traffic accident which claimed the life of seventy-three-year-old Francesca Vera in February 2005.  Vera, a parishioner at Divine Mercy Church, was crossing the highway near miles three and four on the Phillip Goldson Highway when she was knocked down by a sports utility vehicle.  At the scene of the fatal accident, Kassebeer would administer the last rights to Vera.  In 2010, Kassebeer was transferred to Our Lady of Guadalupe Co-cathedral where he remained as its pastor until the time of his death. His funeral arrangements will be known later.

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