The passing of Fr Emmett Johns, has touched a generation of people. Fr Johns, or “Pops” as he was affectionately known, made a difference in the lives of many people, and not just those in Montreal. A vigil to honor his memory is set for Wednesday, January 17th afternoon at 5 o’clock at Emilie-Gamelin Park — aka Berri Square.
Among those expected to be on hand for the commemoration is, Mayor Valerie Plante.
The celebration of “Pops’” life will also include a public visitation that will be held on Thursday, January 25 and Friday, January 26 at Montreal City Hall. The funeral will take place on Saturday, Jan. 27 at the downtown St. Patrick’s Basilica. Further details on those two events are expected shortly.
Fr. Johns, known affectionately as ‘Pops,’ died Saturday at the age of 89. He is best known for his work with Montreal’s street kids, and the organization Dans La Rue, which he founded in 1988.