Brother Will McCue SC, who served for many years in the Diocese of Baton Rouge, passed away Thursday, Sept. 4 at The Hospice of Baton Rouge in Baton Rouge. He was 83.

Brother Will was a native of Pritchard, Ala. and the son of the late Annie Lucile Hamilton and Charles Chambers McCue.

He was preceded in death by his sister, Mrs. Charlotte Vilain. Brother Will is survived by his nephews Matthew McKenzie and Elroy McKenzie,III and nieces Mrs. Monica Pepper, Mrs. Kaye Langley and Mrs. Claire McKenzie.

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Brother Will entered the Brothers of the Sacred Heart in Metuchen, N.J., in September, 1948, and pronounced his final vows on June 1, 1956. Brother Will began his teaching career in the fall of 1953 at St. Aloysius High School in Vicksburg, Miss.

He was ordained a priest June 2, 1974 by Joseph Brunini in Bay St. Louis, Miss.

During a teaching career that took him to various schools in Louisiana, Mississippi and Texas, Brother Will taught at Catholic High School in Baton Rouge, Ascension Catholic High School in Donaldsonville and Cor Jesu High School (now Brother Martin High School) in New Orleans. He also taught at Menard Memorial in Alexandria, St. Stanislaus College in Bay St. Louis, Miss. and Bishop Dunne High School in Dallas.

He spent three years as a counselor at St. Columbia’s College in St. Albans, England, and in 1992 was assigned to work in campus ministry at Catholic High School. Brother Will was chaplain at the Baton Rouge General Medical Center Adolescent Chemical Dependency Unit from 1983 till 1989 and in Arizona at St. Anne’s Mission from 2001 till 2005.

From 1995 through 1998 he was assigned as director of the Vocational Development Fund for the Brothers of the Sacred Heart. After Hurricane Katrina in 2005 until 2007 he was assigned to the Brothers’ community in Mobile, Ala.

In August 2007 he was assigned to 801 Hearthstone in Baton Rouge, where he spent much of his time planting vegetable and flower gardens. A Mass of Christian burial was celebrated Sept. 8 at Sacred Heart of Jesus Church in Baton Rouge.

In lieu of flowers, send donations to the Brothers of the Sacred Heart Foundation, 4600 Elysian Fields Ave., New Orleans, LA 70122.