Grosevenor Dale, CT Fatal Auto Wreck, Jun 1930


St. Thomas Aquinas’s Church Pastor Instantly Killed at Glosevenor Dale, Ct.


Car Crashes Fence and Turns Over in Meadow as Cleric Loses Control on Slippery Pavement.

Rev. Adelard Landry, for the past 22 years pastor of St. Thomas Aquinas’s church on Waverly street, was instantly killed in an automobile accident at Grosevenor{sic} Dale, Ct., yesterday afternoon, when the machine in which he was riding skidded on the wet pavement, crashed through a fence, went into the ditch and on to a meadow where it turned over.

With Father Landry at the time of the accident were Mr. and Mrs. Ovillia Audette of Grosevenor{sic} Dale and their two children, Robert, five and Aucion, three months old. Mrs. Audette, niece of the priest, was the only one injured.

Father Landry was turning out of the path of an oncoming car when his machine went into a skid on the slippery roadway and crashed through a steel projecting fence. It dropped down a five-foot embankment and then turned over. The priest’s head was jammed against the door of the sedan, breaking his neck.

Rushed to Hospital.

Passing motorists extricated Mrs. Audette, her husband and the two children. First aid treatment was given by Dr. Anthony LePalm, after which the Audettes were taken to a hospital where it was found that Mrs. Audette was suffering from a broken arm. The others showed no sign of injury.

Father Landry was visiting his relatives at Grosevenor{sic} Dale, where he at one time lived. The automobile was a new one which the priest, one of the best loved in the diocese of Springfield, had but recently acquired.

Father Landry was born at Moosup, Ct., March 8, 1870, a son of Peter and Adele (Messier) Landry. He took his classical course at Marieville, P. Q., Can., and studied for the priesthood at St. Mary’s college at Baltimore, Md. He was ordained at Boston, December 17, 1897, by the late Bishop Williams.

After his ordination he was assigned as an assistant priest at Notre Dame church at Worcester where he stayed until 1904 when he was transferred to Notre Dame church at Southbridge. He stayed there for a year and was then transferred to Notre Dame church at Adams where he remained for two years. In 1907 he was promoted to the pastorate of All Soul’s church in this city.

In May of 1908 a new Roman Catholic parish, especially for French people, was set off in this city and Father Landry was appointed as pastor by the late Bishop Beaven. The new church was built on land owned on Waverly, Main and Harriet streets, and it was decided to call the new parish St. Thomas Aquinas.

Father Landry leaves brothers at Woonsocket, R. I., P. Q.; and Pittsfield and Franklin. He also leaves a number of sisters.

The funeral will be held at St. Thomas Aquinas’s church Thursday morning at 10, with solemn pontifical requiem high mass. Bishop Thomas M. O’Leary of the diocese of Springfield will be the celebrant. The names of priests who will assist and others who will be in the sanctuary will be announced some time today, it was said last night at the chancelry office.

Springfield Republican, Springfield, MA 10 Jun 1930