Members who have died in 2018
|GILLIES, Donald Arthur
Rev. Don Gilles passed away peacefully and surrounded by family on Tuesday, September 4, 2018 at the age of 84. Loving and devoted husband of Mimi Gillies (Johnston) for 61 years. Cherished father of Stephen Gillies (Deanne), Maureen Gillies, Donna Gillies Marson (Kevin), and John Gillies (DeeAnn). Proud grandfather of Erin (Adam), Shauna (Jeremy), Craig, Matthew, Kiera, Allie (Tyler), Geoff, Jenna, Sara, Lisa and the late Lily. Adored great-grandfather of Olivia and Henry. Dear brother of Mary (late Paul) and Barb (Jim) and brother-in law of Donald (Helen) and Lock (late Anne). Don will also be remembered by his extended family, colleagues and many friends.
Don was a kind and thoughtful man who lived life passionately and devoted much of his time to causes near and far. He was a true extrovert in every sense of the word; a mentor and friend to all, a civil rights activist and humanitarian, a thought leader in the United Church community, a lifelong learner and educator, and a staunch supporter of the NDP. A minister with the United Church of Canada since 1959, Don later taught at Emmanuel College at the University of Toronto. He will be remembered for his love of music, books and New Yorker cartoons, progressive political views, charming neuroses (most notably about the English language and how kitchen utensils should be put away) as well as his unwavering dedication to work and family. Don could write a beautiful sermon, help build a dock and bake a perfect loaf of bread. He was happiest spending time with his beloved wife and other loved ones at the family cottage on Muldrew Lake.
Along with Mimi, Don remained connected with communities from Saltfleet High School, McMaster University, Boston University, the University of Toronto, The Canadian Club, The Oakville Opera Guild, The Hamilton Children’s Choir and more. He traveled extensively and enjoyed friendships from all walks of life.
Don loved life and wanted more of it, fighting a short but courageous battle to the end. Special thank you to the doctors, nurses and staff at The Carpenter Hospice for the exceptional care and compassion provided in Don’s final days. As per Don’s wishes, private cremation has taken place. A Service of Remembrance to celebrate his life will be held at Port Nelson United Church on Sunday, September 30th at 4pm, with reception to immediately follow. In lieu of flowers, donations in memory of Don to The Carpenter Hospice would be sincerely appreciated by the family.
With great sadness we announce the passing of J. Patricia (Pat) Nowlan on Monday, July 9th, 2018. Much loved and cherished wife of Dwight, proud mother of Ruth Nowlan, Katherine (Donald) Geisler and Michael (Christine) Nowlan. She was a devoted and loving grandmother to Jessica, Samuel, Jocelyn, Joel, Ryan and James. Left to mourn are brothers Allen (Marilyn), Gordon (Irene); sisters Lorraine, Marion, Barbara (El) and Juanita. Pat was predeceased by brother Ken (Joan). She also leaves to mourn her brothers and sisters in-law and many nieces, nephews and cousins whom she loved dearly. Pat’s greatest delight was her family and she cherished every opportunity to visit, laugh, encourage and support them. Her Christian faith was unassumingly worn and guided her throughout her life.
Pat was born in St. John’s, Newfoundland in December 1940. She grew up in Corner Brook and joined the Bank of Montreal in 1957. She met Dwight the same year in the bank and moved on to marry and have three children. In subsequent years Pat worked as a church secretary in many churches across Canada. In her later years she followed her dreams and went back to school for her Bachelor of Sacred Theology, Master of Divinity, and then proceeded to provide pastoral care to the elderly and infirm adults in long term care. Pat and her family lived in Newfoundland, PEI, Montreal, Burlington, Calgary, Edmonton and Oakville, Ontario. Pat retired from formal work in 2008, but continued to guest preach as needed.
Pat took advantage of every opportunity to travel, enjoy frequent visits with family, and relishing every chance to take advantage of the world which was so different from her small home town. Life for her had a sense of wonder and she was grateful for every chance she had to expand her view of life and the world. She was a woman of faith that she shared quietly and faithfully to those she encountered. Her strong Christian faith, much tested over the years, gave her perspective and it was a privilege for her to live her faith serving were she could.
The family wishes to gratefully acknowledge the wonderful treatment she received from the caring palliative care providers: Dr. Benjamin, nurse Jadwiga, Ian Anderson House and Saher who were heaven sent.
If desired, memorial donations may be made to Loyola House – Ignatius Jesuit Centre, Guelph, Ontario or Central Baptist Church.
“I will miss her deeply. She and I were ordained in the same church together, went through chaplaincy training at St. Joe’s in Hamilton and were colleagues at Chartwell in their Long Term Care Facilities. She was a woman of deep grace and a deep fountain of wisdom. ” – from CASC member Maureen Weaver
Click here to hear Pat’s Sermon preached at Central Baptist Church in Oakville, Nov 3, 2013 on the three P’s: Presence, Permanence, Perseverance.
Pepper, Marc 1953-2018
It is with great sadness that we announce the death of Marc Pepper, on July 5, 2018, after nearly 3 years of battle against Cancer. Don’t think he’s lost this fight. Marc left us as he lived, in his own way, and this is the most beautiful victory. Today again we say, like him, thank you life! – Marc’s family
Marc was a good friend to many in CASC. He was the second President of our sister organization in Quebec (L’AIISSQ) and a long time member of CASC. He has been active for many years to help keep our two organizations connected and growing together. He recently published (Jan 2018) an English translation of his book “I will not die before my death”. These are Marc’s words about his writing:
For the past twenty years, as a spiritual care worker, I have had the privilege of counselling palliative care patients in the Quebec health care system. These have been very intense and enriching experiences. Now that I am myself at the end of my life, I am that much more uplifted by some of my patients and the precious life lessons they thought me. I felt like sharing some of their stories and part of the journey I experienced with them and part of my own. I believe that we can all find in these stories much helpful wisdom to truly LIVE our daily challenges. English translation from: “Je ne mourrai pas avant d’être mort!”, (c) 2017 Author website: https://www.facebook.com/arnoldmoncancer/
Marc’s own words: “Mon nom est Marc Pepper. Je suis décédé le 5 juillet 2018 à Saint-Eustache. Je suis marié à Nycole depuis 46 ans. Ensemble nous avons eu cinq merveilleux enfants : Nathalie (Jean-François Mainville), Patricia, Christopher (Nathalie Bernier), Mélissa (François Carrière) et Matthieu. Ils nous ont donnés six superbes petits-enfants : Xavier, Zachary, Éloïze, Alycia, Élizabeth et Naomie. Je quitte cette terre en clamant haut et fort MERCI LA VIE!
CURTIS, Lillian Gladys
Rev. Lillian Curtis passed away surrounded by her family at Cambridge Memorial Hospital on Tuesday, March 6, 2018 at the age of 81. Loving wife of Malcolm for over 57 years. Cherished mother of Tammy and Chris McGillivray, Dean Curtis, and Heather Curtis. Treasured Nana of Devon McGillivray (Alex), Connor McGillivray, Quinn McGillivray, Tyler Curtis, and Tatum Curtis. Dear sister of Rose Librock and Aunt of Rick (Zaida), and Debbie.
Lillian was one of the part-time chaplains at Hamilton Health Sciences for almost a decade and also had been employed at St Joe’s Hospital in Hamilton for a number of years until her retirement in 2001. In addition to these commitments she was chaplain at several nursing homes in the Hamilton area as well. She served as a Managing Camp Director for Kwasind and was a true champion of Kwasind for many years.
Lillian was the Chair of the CASC Peer Review process for many years and often reduced the anxiety of nervous candidates by inviting them to “Enjoy the process”. She brought her warm and happy spirit to all she did for CASC, giving tirelessly of her time and talents. No conference would be complete in the past dozen years without seeing Lillian, smiling at the microphone like a proud mother hen, calling the names of the many members who had completed their peer reviews. She will be sadly missed by all who knew her.
Members who have died in 2017
POULTER, Charles Frederick Theodore March 3, 1920 – November 29, 2017
Peacefully at Extendicare in Cobourg on Wednesday, November 29, 2017, Ted Poulter at 97 years of age. Beloved husband of Ann Poulter (nee McCart) and the late Jean Poulter (nee McPhee). Loving father of Christine (Martin Loney), John (Kim), Will (Cynthia), and the late Michael. Cherished grandfather of Suzanne, Amy (Paul), Bradley (Hilary), Maxwell, Charlotte, and great grandfather of Millie and Jesse. Brother of the late Patricia. Dear uncle of Brian (Helen) and the late Barb (Jack). In his early years Ted trained during WWII as a pilot with RCAF. He was granted an Honourary Doctorate by the University of Toronto for his pioneering work in bringing professional pastoral counselling training to Canada. He and Ann shared a passion for sailing. Cremation with a Memorial Service to be held at MacCoubrey Funeral Home, in Cobourg on Monday, December 4th at 1:30 pm. A reception will follow in the funeral home reception centre. The Poulter family would like to thank the staff of Extendicare Cobourg for their sensitivity and compassion during Ted’s time there. Those wishing may make a memorial donation to Habitat for Humanity. Condolences received at www.MacCoubrey.com.
KIRKPATRICK, Donna – Nov 11, 2017
It is with sadness we announce that The Reverend Donna Lita Kirkpatrick died on Saturday, November 11 at Vancouver General Hospital. Donna had been hospitalized recently, but her death was unexpected.
Donna was a cradle Anglican, who was raised in Montreal. Her home parish was St Columba, Montreal. She was a very active lay person and lay reader in her parish and in the Diocese of Montreal.
Prior to ordination, Donna served as a lay chaplain at The Royal Victoria Hospital, Montreal, The Montreal Children’s Hospital, Montreal, The Royal Alexandra Hospital, Edmonton, and The Alberta Hospital, Edmonton.
Donna received an Honours BA in Theological Studies, with a major in New Testament, from Concordia University, Montreal. She also had advanced standing in Pastoral Care and Counselling from the Canadian Association for Pastoral Care and Education.
Donna was ordained to the diaconate by Bishop Ken Genge in the Diocese of Edmonton on October 28, 1995, and to the priesthood, also by Bishop Genge, on October 18, 1996.
In the Diocese of Edmonton, Donna served as Curate at St Timothy, Edmonton from 1995-1996, as Rector, St Catherine, Edson from 1996-2000, and on the Interim Ministry Team and as a Itinerant Priest. She also led the Alpha Course and was active in Cursillo. She was transferred from the Diocese of Edmonton to the Diocese of New Westminster in June 2006.
In the Diocese of New Westminster, Donna served as Honorary Assistant at Holy Trinity, Vancouver, from 2006-2007, Priest-in-Charge at St Edward, Bridgeport from 2008-2010, Honorary Assistant at St Cuthbert, Delta from 2013-2014, and an assisting priest at St Augustine, Vancouver. As a very active priest, Donna served as Sunday supply in many parishes in the Diocese since 2005.
At the time of her death, Donna held the Bishop’s License as Anglican Chaplain, Vancouver General Hospital. She was appointed there in May 2017. Donna was committed to chaplaincy throughout her lay and priestly ministry, and was active in the International Order of St Luke the Physician. She also served as a chaplain to the Royal Canadian Legion, to Alcoholics Anonymous, and to various community mental health organizations.
Donna is survived by her sisters Nancy and Kathryn, her brother Richard, Donald her father and step-mother Lupe. A Requiem Eucharist will be celebrated at St Augustine’s, Marpole on Wednesday, November 29th at 11am. Bishop Skelton will preside and the Reverend Al Carson will preach. Clergy are invited to vest and process.
The family has requested that, in lieu of flowers, donations be made to the Anglican Chaplaincy at Vancouver General Hospital.
Died, surrounded by the love of his family on Tuesday October 31st, 2017, at Grand River Hospital, Kitchener at the age of 83. Ralph was born May 12th, 1934 in New Hamburg to Elmer and Katie (Leis) Lebold.
Born into a Western Ontario Mennonite Conference (WOM)—formerly the Amish Mennonite Conference of Ontario—family, Ralph Lebold grew up with strong leaders in a congregational polity. Each congregation had a bishop, minister and deacon working together, although with separate roles. While ordained, these leaders were unpaid and often untrained, although many Amish Mennonites attended the Ontario Mennonite Bible School and Institute held in Kitchener, Ont., for many years, with sponsorship from the Mennonite Conference of Ontario.
Lebold showed his wisdom by bettering his Grade 8 education by earning a bachelor of arts degree from Eastern Mennonite College, Harrisonburg, Va., in 1958, and a bachelor of divinity degree from Goshen (Ind.) College Biblical Seminary in 1961 before he took on his first pastorate. He would later also earn a master of theology degree from Crozer Theological Seminary in Upland, Pa., in 1968, and a doctorate of ministry degree from St. Michael’s College at the University of Toronto in 1980.
In 1955, he and Eileen Erb were married, and in 1961 they moved to London, Ont., where he served as pastor of Valleyview Mennonite Church for 13 years; he was ordained in 1962.
It was during these years that he began to influence the course of pastoral training, which continues to this day. While at Valleyview, he initiated the Congregational Supervised Pastoral Education Program for students who were looking to enter pastoral ministry after their seminary or undergraduate studies. Along with many others, he also encouraged students to get clinical pastoral training in order to shape themselves into strongly centred leaders to care for their churches pastorally.
Lebold was part of a movement into higher education among many southern Ontario pastors. This was the era of the pastor-as-counsellor, and the time of the Concern Movement in the Mennonite church that was spearheaded by John Howard Yoder, which involved pastors sharing authority with lay leaders.
From Valleyview, Lebold was called to be conference minister of both WOM and the Mennonite Conference of Ontario and Quebec, two of the three pre-cursor conferences of Mennonite Church Eastern Canada, from 1974 to 1979. He was involved in the discussions that eventually invited the United Mennonite Conference of Ontario into the new entity. During the 1960s, 70s and into the 80’s Ralph took an active role in the leadership of the Canadian Association for Pastoral Education (CAPE).
Lebold’s focus on pastoral leadership continued when, as president of what is now Conrad Grebel University College from 1979 to 1989, the College instituted a master of theological studies program that includes a practical stream for students feeling a call to ministry.
In later years, Ralph and Eileen lent their name to the Lebold Endowment Fund at Grebel that was established in 1997 by MC Eastern Canada and the College. Reaching its goal of $1 million in 2015, its proceeds have been used to fund the ministry-training component of the theological studies program. After he completed his years at Grebel, he became director of theological education with what is now Anabaptist Mennonite Biblical Seminary from 1989 to 1997.
Eileen and their family remember that their husband and father “was passionate about pastoral ministry, pastoral leadership training, and marriage and family therapy. Ralph was instrumental in getting women pastors into leadership roles in Mennonite churches in Ontario. Ralph was a founder of Hidden Acres Camp [in New Hamburg, Ont.] and Shalom Counselling [in Waterloo, Ont.]. He was a charter member of Waterloo North Mennonite Church.”
In 1991, Lebold was diagnosed with chronic myeloid leukemia. He came near to death and, although he recovered, his health and strength remained more fragile for the rest of his life. After growing up on a farm, he purchased a “hobby” farm outside Hanover, Ont., in 1970 with his wife, where he was able to continue his passion for farming until 2000.
He is remembered by Eileen, his wife of 62 years; children Connie Bender (Tony), Marvin Lebold, and Cindy Lebold (Scott Beech); eight grandchildren; and many sisters, brothers, sisters-in-law and brothers-in-law, nephews and nieces.
(Slightly adapted from the on-line Magazine: Canadian Mennonite ) Ralph Lebold A leader of Leaders.
CARVER, Daphne Eunice
Daphne Carver died peacefully on October 14, 2017, at the Halifax Infirmary, surrounded by her loving family. Born in 1933 at Maidenhead in the south of England, Daphne was the daughter of Leonard and Rhoda (Rolfe) Ash. She was the beloved wife of Dr. John B. Carver.
After graduation from the Kendrick Girls Grammar School in Reading, Daphne trained in London, in nursing at the Mildmay Mission Hospital, Bethnal Green, and at the Royal London Hospital, Whitechapel, and then in midwifery at the Beckingham Maternity Hospital and with the Nursing Sisters of St. John the Divine in Deptford.
Following a year of studies in Pastoral Theology with the Church Missionary Society, in 1957, Daphne and John were married in India. They spent three years in a small village hospital near Aurangabad, Maharashtra, where their daughter Claire was born. These were happy, rewarding years, and always a source of sustaining memories for Daphne. In 1960, the family returned to England, where their son Daniel was born. In 1962, John and Daphne emigrated with their children to Nova Scotia. Two sons, Jonathan and Paul, were born in Halifax.
Daphne graduated from Mount Saint Vincent University in 1980 and continued with Clinical Pastoral Education and theological studies at the Atlantic School of Theology. In 1982, the Anglican Diocese of Nova Scotia appointed her as a hospital chaplain. She served for eighteen years at the Victoria General Hospital and the Halifax Infirmary, always with a special concern for palliative care. In retirement, Daphne volunteered with the Victorian Order of Nurses, working on the Seniors’ Information Line and on various committees engaged in introducing supportive community programs for the elderly.
Daphne was predeceased by her beloved husband, John, brothers, Raymond and John, and brother-in-law, John King. She is survived by her four children, Claire (Brian), Daniel (Pamela), Jonathan (Teresa), Paul (Shauna), all in Halifax; and by seven wonderful grandchildren: Julia and Katrina; Sophie, Mairi, and Ian; Samuel and Benjamin.
Daphne’s interests were many and varied. In her youth, she excelled in field hockey. Throughout her life, she took great pleasure in gardening. She thrived on hiking (not easily deterred by weather or terrain), and gloried in the natural world around her. She was an avid reader and was sustained by music. Her faith, family and friends were her greatest joy.
Pastoral care was not only Daphne’s profession, but her natural inclination. She was an engaged member of St. John’s Anglican Church where, to the end, she was seen circulating among her fellow parishioners, greeting and quietly listening attentively. She was a person of deep faith, and her guiding principle was to always do “whatever is the most loving thing.” Daphne touched the lives of all who met her, and will be sorely missed.
Donations in Daphne’s memory can be made to the Primate’s World Relief and Development Fund or to the V.O.N. of Greater Halifax, or to a charity of choice.
GRUNDLER, Peter August 26, 1960 – October 14, 2017
With heavy hearts the family of Pastor Peter Grundler of Edmonton AB announces his peaceful passing October 14, 2017 at the age of 57 years.
Peter is survived by his wife of 32 years Sandra and sons Andrew and David.
The family would like to the the nurses and staff at the CCU of the Royal Alex Hospital for their compassionate care of Peter in the few days that he was with them.
Peter was the chaplain at Glenrose Rehabilitation Hospital where his skills at listening and gentle presence made a strong impact on others: Here are some testimonies to his ministry there. “I only met Peter once, when I began my own role at the Glenrose Hospital. I found him to be a kind approachable and forthright person, and could immediately understand how he was a good Pastor, and a sensitive, invaluable and supportive, Pastoral Care Provider at our hospital. I am very saddened by his sudden passing, and loss of this special person at such a young age, and my heart and condolences go out to his family and friends. ”
“I speak for everyone at the Glenrose Rehabilitation Hospital when I mention the shock and disbelief with which we heard the very sad news of Peter’s passing away. Peter was a kind, gentle, humble, powerfully empathetic soul who knew how to listen, how to be there, how to witness for people. He had a tremendous impact on the countless patients to whom I referred him for Pastoral Counseling. I considered Peter one of my mentors at GRH and being newly hired this Spring, he was someone I sought out for advice on how our roles worked together to the benefit of our mutual patient caseloads.
I had the opportunity to sit with Peter in his office several times and shoot the breeze. He always came across as genuine and I appreciated his wry sense of humour, something I share and got to witness regularly.
I am incredibly grateful for knowing Peter for the brief time I did. My life is all the better for the positive impact he had on me and on my professional practice with patients.
Please accept my condolences on his unexpected and sudden passing. Know that he was a great man who did great things, who lived life with passion, who quietly went about his job but in that very quietness made an impact at GRH that will never be forgotten.”
“Words cannot convey the devastating loss we are all feeling at the Glenrose Rehabilitation Hospital as the news of Peter’s sudden death sinks in. Peter was a wonderful person – a sensitive and caring soul – and our hearts are breaking. An unspeakable loss for his family, his colleagues at the Glenrose and for all who knew him. My sincere condolences to Peter’s family at this very sad time.”
GREEN, Floyd Elwin -Sept 24, 2017
Past Rector of the Anglican Parish of Newborough, Ontario, Chaplain to the mentally ill in St. Thomas and Toronto, Teacher of Clinical Pastoral Education and retired Director of Spiritual Care at St. Michael’s Hospital, Toronto, Ontario. Peacefully at Southlake Southlake Regional Health Centre, Newmarket on Sunday, September 24, 2017 at the age of 81 years. Loving father of Reverend Doctor Elizabeth Green (Kevin Doonan) of Keswick and Robert (Veronique Fortin) of Montreal. Dear brother of Eileen Flemming and Emma Jane Brown, both of Kingston and of the late Dawn Poole and Edward Green. A Memorial Service will be held at All Saints Anglican Church (12935 Keele Street, King City, Ontario) on Friday, October 13, 2017 at 11 a.m. Friends may gather at the church from 10 to 11 a.m. Interment will take place at St. John the Baptist Anglican Church Cemetery in Kitley, Ontario, at (date and time to be announced). In memory of Floyd, donations to the Canadian Mental Health Association would be appreciated. Sign an online book of condolences at mwbeckerfuneralhome.com
Floyd was a long time CASC member and pioneer. Certified as a CPE Teaching Supervisor-Educator in 1977, Floyd helped steer CASC through many of its formative years. He was the 13th President of CASC in 1978, and Chair of the ESC in 82 and 83. He was active in the Ontario Central Region and was chair of the E.P.I.C. joint USA Canada conference in Toronto in 2003.
CASSIE, Philippe (Louis)
Rev Louis Caissie, a priest of the Archdiocese of Halifax-Yarmouth, died on June 22, 2017 at the QEII Infirmary, Halifax at the age of 79.Father Caissie was born in Grande-Digue, NB, the son of the late J. Edmond and Marguerite Rita (Poirier) Caissie. He spent his formative years in Grande-Digue, NB, before moving to Halifax where he graduated from St. Patrick’s High School (1955) and completed undergraduate studies at Saint Mary’s University, and theology at Holy Heart Seminary, all in Halifax. He was ordained to the priesthood in 1962 by Most Rev. Norbert Robichaud in Grande-Digue, NB.
Fr. Caissie served as an assistant priest in the parishes of St. Peter’s (Dartmouth), St. Charles (Amherst), St. Theresa’s and St. Mary’s Cathedral (Halifax) and St. John Vianney (Lower Sackville). He served as pastor of the parishes of St. Peter’s (Dartmouth), Nativity of our Lady and St. Charles (Amherst). Fr. Caissie served in the Archdiocese’s mission in Chiclayo, Peru for 5 years (1967-72). He studied at the Toronto Institute for Pastoral Education (1989-90) and then worked as a Staff Chaplain (1990-92) and as Coordinator of Spiritual Care (1992-2002) at the Victoria General and the New Halifax Infirmary Hospitals, as well as a Supervisor in Clinical Pastoral Education. He ministered to the French speaking community at La Mission Sainte Famille (Dartmouth) for many years. He served the Archdiocese through various roles, namely, as a member of the Council of Priests, Director of Diaconal Formation and Diocesan Director of the Society for the Propagation of the Faith. Fr. Louis’ ministry also included persons with HIV/AIDS, the AIDS Coalition of Nova Scotia, and within the LGBT community.
Fr. Caissie is survived by siblings Sr. Sarah Maillet of Bathurst, Paul-Emile (Annette) Caissie of Moncton, Maurice (Florence) Caissie of Calgary, Marie (late Joseph) LeRue of Halifax, Marguerite Vicki (Charles) Lawson of Moncton, and many beloved nieces and nephews. Besides his parents, he was predeceased by his brother Pierre Caissie of Ontario.
Visitation will be at St. Peter’s Church, 10 Maple Street, Dartmouth on Monday, June 26th, from 2:00 to 4:00 pm and 7:00 to 9:00 pm, with a vigil service at 7:30 pm.
Mass of Christian Burial will be on Tuesday, June 27th at St. Peter’s Church at 11:00 am. Burial will be at Gate of Heaven Cemetery, Lower Sackville.
Memorial donations to the AIDS projects in Africa, the Stephen Lewis Foundation or Phoenix House would be appreciated.
FISHER Phyllis 1947 – 2017
Phyllis Fisher was born in Toronto on December 19, 1947, and grew up in the Kawartha Lakes Country of central Ontario. She met her life partner, Bruce, when they both attended Eastern Pentecostal Bible College, Peterborough, in the mid-1960s. Prior to their marriage, Phyllis became ill with renal failure and needed to be hospitalized. The night before her wedding, Phyllis arranged to be released from the hospital, returning to a rigorous schedule of kidney dialysis only after the ceremony and a couple of days honeymooning in Niagara Falls in October of 1968. Phyllis eventually received a kidney transplant from an unknown donor, whose family in their grief from losing a daughter in a fatal Toronto car accident, contributed the gift of life to a critically ill unknown recipient. Bruce comments: “They probably do not know that their gift kept Phyllis alive and in excellent renal health for over 30 years.”
Phyllis and Bruce shared lives of service in the Pentecostal Assemblies of Canada, pastoring in Kingston, ON, St. John and Moncton, NB, Montreal, PQ, and Edmonton, AB. It was in Edmonton that Phyllis encountered CPE, completing her first basic unit at the Misericordia Hospital. Following this, between 1992 and 1993, Phyllis participated in a year-long Chaplain Residency program at the University of Alberta Hospital – a place where, many years later, she received her second renal transplant from a beloved colleague. Phyllis’ subsequent years as a certified Specialist in Pastoral Care spanned several health institutions and prison facilities. It was in the field of chaplaincy that she completed a Master of Theological Studies (MTS) degree at St. Stephen’s College, Edmonton, telling the stories of men and women who suffered with mental illness and addiction. She wrote her thesis on the topic, “Regard My Wounds: The Relevance and Meaning of Spirituality in the Treatment of Substance Use”. At this time, as well, Phyllis was recognized by her Pentecostal denomination through ordination.
Phyllis’ respect for and appreciation of those whom society marginalizes made her an excellent person to become Chaplain at Alberta Hospital Ponoka, now called Centennial Centre for Mental Health and Brain Injury, where she worked for many years. It is noteworthy that she was there during tumultuous times of change and restructuring. Phyllis’ focus was always on those she served. With extraordinary compassion and spirited advocacy, she listened to those suffering the “unspeakable anguish” of addiction and mental health crises. She always believed her patients and clients were trying “to find their way home” to safe and sacred places. In support of their effort Phyllis was intentional about bringing what she called “applied spirituality” to the treatment plan. This translated into honouring the diverse faith needs of patients, respecting their beliefs and customs, and providing them with prayer, worship and other scheduled or requested ceremonies. Indeed, Phyllis loved and encouraged the congregants, patients, inmates, staff and families with whom she ministered for the better part of four decades, and thus her legacy will always be Love.
Phyllis died peacefully with her family by her side on May 23, 2017. She is remembered for her zest for life and the wonderful contributions she made to so many people over the years. She is survived by husband Bruce, son Shawn and daughter-in-law, Kristin, daughter Robyn, grandsons Kaiden and Ryland and granddaughters Hailey and Hannah. Comments here were composed from portions of the obituary posted at Serenity Funeral Services, Edmonton, Alberta, and thesis abstracts on St. Stephen’s College website.
BRYANT, Culleen June 45, 1941 – April 23, 2017
Rev Dr Cullene Evelyn Bryant passed away early Sunday morning. A United Church minister, teaching chaplain, accomplished writer, loving mother, and devoted grandmother, she is survived by her children, Alex (Delyana) and Rhiannon (Jason), and grandchildren: Ava, Dalia, Luke, Teya, and Vivian. A memorial service will be held at 2PM on Saturday, April 29 at Highlands United Church in North Vancouver. In lieu of flowers, please donate to the Canadian Pancreatic Cancer Society or the North Shore Hospice.
Cullene was the first woman to be certified as a CPE Supervisor within our Association. She spent many years here in Alberta, including at the University of Alberta Hospital, where I came to know her and witness her deep goodness, wit and wisdom. – Margaret Clarke
Cullene’s two passions, writing and theology carried her many places. A minister in the United Church of Canada, she worked most of her life as a teaching chaplain in hospitals. Toronto, Edmonton, New York, and even the Philippines were home for her. She studied at the Centre for Spirituality and Justice in New York and received a Doctor of Ministry from Princeton in New Jersey. She had the privilege of traveling to far-off lands: Antarctica, Zambia, and Peru, to name a few. A graduate of the Simon Fraser University Writers Studio (TWS), she enjoyed writing about people, their dilemmas, delights, foibles and humour. Beloved mother of two and proud grandmother of five, Cullene Bryant was diagnosed with Stage 4 pancreatic cancer in February 2017 and died on April 23, 2017. Her first volume of poetry, God Is a Laughing Bedouin, was published posthumously in September 2017. She left behind a legacy of written work both published and unpublished and was working on a second volume of poetry at the time of her death. http://www.cullenebryant.com/ (Cullene’s author web site)
Cullene Bryant is a rock and roll grandmother of five. Her two collections of short fiction, Llamas in the Snow and In the Dry Woods, were published by The Books Collective in Edmonton, Alberta. Her stories have appeared in numerous literary magazines. She is a graduate of The Writer’s Studio. When Bryant grows up, she hopes to win the Governor General’s Award. http://www.sfu.ca/continuing-studies/instructors/a-d/cullene-bryant/ (Cullene’s Simon Fraser Continuing studies web site)
Norm passed away peacefully with his family by his side at Oakville Trafalgar Memorial Hospital on Monday February 20, 2017 at age 72. Norman, beloved husband of Kathleen for 48 years. Loving father of Jennifer (1972-2006), Deidre Stajduhar (Greg) and Enid Selkirk (Glen). Proud Grandpa of Mark, Sarah, Jenna, Alexander and Maja. Dear brother of Kay Moir (Barry) and Carol Fahn (Jerry). He will be fondly remembered by his nieces, nephews, cousins, extended family, friends and colleagues. Norman was the Director of Chaplaincy for Sick Kids Hospital in Toronto and prior to that the Director of Chaplaincy at University Hospital in London, ON. The family wishes to thank the staff at Post Inn Village for their compassionate care.
He requested cremation and his wishes will be honoured today (February 22, 2017). The family has made arrangements at Oakview Funeral Home in Oakville for visitation on this Saturday, February 25th, from 2:00-5:00p.m.
On behalf of the family, we thank you for your thoughts and prayers.
Enid Selkirk (Daughter)
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Reverend Canon Murray Porter, May 28,1933 – February 13, 2017. Died at the Georgian Bay General Hospital, Midland after a lengthy decline in health. Murray leaves his wife Wendy, his children Stephen (Margo), David (Verna), Ian, Janice (Andre), Jeremy, “the Grands” Jo-Anne (James), James (Caitlin), Andrew, Kareem, Jasmine, Colleen, Alida, Christian, Easton, Jacob, Mathias and Gemma. Brother of Jean Kerr-Penny (Doug). He will be fondly remembered by his nieces , nephews and his many friends.
Murray was the Chaplain/Director of Spiritual Care for The Mental Health Centre Penetanguishene (now the Waypoint Centre for Mental Health) in Penetanguishene, ON, from 1980 until his retirement. Murray was active on the Executive of the Ontario Central Region of CASC back in the 1980’s.
MARTIN, Joan M.
Joan passed peacefully into her God’s Love and Light at Dawn
on February 3, 2017 surrounded by kindness and compassion
at the Hummingbird Hospice Room of the West Nipissing General Hospital, Sturgeon Falls,
having bravely endured an incurable ovarian cancer.
Joan is survived by her partner and spouse Jeff Archambeault
and four Mizuik daughters Margaret, Jill, Karen (Kenneth Munro) and Cheryl.
“We have come into the world…to be filled with light….to shine” Mary Oliver
A Tribute from Jeff
Jeff & Joan. Acquainted since 1989, our Journey evolved in 1999. May my effort to capture a brief life summary contribute to the honour of my dear Joan’s memory.
Joan M. Martin was a brave woman, who faced life directly, boldly. For her small, selective, and widely dispersed “community,” she was a solid and dependable friend.
Her life roles included: Daughter (Sudbury), Spouse and Mother (B.C), then Single Parent (B.C./ North Bay), and always a Homemaker.
Intelligent care describes her professional life. Her degrees in Nursing, Social Work, and Pastoral Studies lead to these roles: as Nurse in Public health (B.C.), Marriage Tribunal Case Auditor (North Bay /Ottawa), CAS Child Protection Worker and then a Multifaith Hospital Chaplain (Ottawa), concluding with a private practice as Psycho-Spiritual Counsellor (North Bay). In retireen, “Yardening” and plant care were her soul satisfying spiritual practices. She delighted to see things grow and to create Beauty.
Joan lived every day of her life, and its ending, as fully as possible, with a definite and determined attitude. Self-contained and private, yet always ready to voice, write a letter, talk and listen. “Coffee table” ministry was her concept. A woman with astute awareness and keen observation, always as a practical, feet on the ground, no nonsense, direct person. She believed in personhood, individuality, self-responsibility, and fostered independence and creativity, was attentive to politics and issues of humanity. She believed in God often quoting a spiritual director: “when in need God sends the best”. She learned to believe in herself, as a quiet feminist with a socialist conscience (I hear her quote: “let no man count too little and none too much” Kipling). Lifelong spiritual practices included reflective reading, journaling, prayer, and meditation. Joan was a clear minded, centred and rooted person, with a quiet soul. She could hear quickly a core reality with her unique capacity to listen. And she was unabashed to question. An anchor for some, yet unintentionally a threat to others. Nor did she did “not suffer fools gladly”.
Joan’s voice, joie de vivre, prophetic voice, and determined spirit will be a void for many of us. Yet Joan might counter that with a challenge to “develop your own”. Join me in farewell to Joan in using some of her own expressions: “Have Fun” “Be Free” and “l’chaim …to life!”.
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ROBERTS, John 1935-1916
The Reverend Canon John Roberts was born in Liverpool, England on December 4th, 1935. Passed away suddenly and unexpectedly at the Trillium Hospital, Mississauga on December 12, 2016 in his 82nd year. Loving husband of Roberta (nee Henry) for 51years and brother to Joy Giles (Boston, Mass). Starting his career as a Structural Engineer in Liverpool after an injury brought his ambitions to an end of playing football for Liverpool FC, John accepted a Fulbright Scholarship and moved to the United States in 1961 to study Social Group work and Community Development. Discerning a call to ordained ministry John entered Wycliffe College, University of Toronto in 1962 where he and Roberta were married in 1964. Ordained in 1965 John began his long term relationship with Ontario Ministry of Correctional Services by serving as Chaplain to youth offenders at the Hagersville Training School from 1965-1975. Thereafter he served as Training Chaplain at the Ontario Correctional Centre in Brampton affiliated with the Toronto School of Theology from 1975 – 2002 and became President of the Canadian Association of Pastoral Education. John’s other appointments included being Chaplain to “O” Division of the RCMP since 1982, Teaching Professor at Wycliffe College and St. Augustine’s Seminary, Interim Priest at St. James Anglican Church, Guelph, St. John’s, Nassagaweya, St. Stephens, Hornby and Priest Associate at Grace Church, Milton. A humble man by nature, throughout his life John shared God’s Word by touching and improving the lives of thousands. Although he will be greatly missed in this life, God willing he will be granted peace and eternal joy in the presence of the Lord whom he faithfully served to the end. Family and friends are invited to visit at the McKERSIE-KOCHER FUNERAL HOME 114 Main St. E. Milton 905-878-4452 on Friday from 2-4 pm and 7-9 pm. The funeral service will be held at Grace Anglican Church 317 Main St. E. Milton on Saturday, December 17, 2016 at 11:00 am. In lieu of flowers the family requests donation to The Primates World Relief and Development Fund (PWRDF) or World Vision.
Rev, Roy Cyril Rev. ROY HUNTLY passed away peacefully at Fairmount Home on August 20, 2016 after 86 years of a life fully and well lived. His beloved wife Muriel predeceased him in 2013 and they leave behind their children Juliet (Michael), Alyson (Andrea), Martin (Rachel) and Theresa; 11 grandchildren and 12 great grandchildren. Roy grew up in England and then spent three years in Jamaica serving in the Congregationalist church in Kingston before the family immigrated to Canada in 1967 where Roy was a minister in the United Church of Canada, serving congregations, Conference offices and chaplaincies in Quebec and Ontario. At the end of his career, Roy’s passion for the pastoral care needs of seniors brought him to Kingston where he worked at Queen’s in the area of gerontology. Roy was an active long-time member of Harrowsmith United Church and subsequently Sydenham Street United Church in Kingston. His friends and family will remember his wit, his artistic eye, his generous commitment to social justice and the grace and dignity with which he faced his final years. The family is deeply appreciative of the care Roy received from numerous gentle caregivers in his home and from the exceptional staff at Fairmount Home. A celebration of his life will take place at 11:00 am on September 12, 2016 at Sydenham Street United Church. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Sydenham Street United Church or the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives.
VOM HAGEN, Tracy August 13, 1979 – September 13, 2016
Dr. Tracy Vom Hagen (Nee Demmons). While the recent passing of Tracy Vom Hagen (nee Demmons) deeply saddened the Acadia Divinity College family, we thank God for the life of this remarkable young woman.
Tracy first came to ADC as a student, earning a Master of Arts (Theology) with Distinction in 2004. During her studies at Acadia, she also completed four units of Clinical Pastoral Education; each unit consisted of 400 hours of instruction or practicum. All the while, she was living with, and rising above, the effects of Neurofibromatosis type 2, a disorder characterized by the growth of noncancerous tumors throughout the nervous system.
Surgery to remove tumors on her brain stem affected Tracy’s hearing, ending her ability to answer her calling as a chaplain. Rather than dwell on her hearing loss, Tracy listened with an open heart and recognized God’s hand at work in her life. She turned towards an academic approach to chaplaincy, studying at the venerable University of St. Andrews, Scotland, where she completed a dissertation on the knowledge of God and people with intellectual disabilities.
As she neared the end of her doctoral program, Tracy accepted an internship with the United Nations Critical Incident and Stress Management Unit in New York conducting training for UN support staff in psychosocial support. She then spent 18 months in Afghanistan as a staff counsellor providing psychological and spiritual support to UN staff working under extreme duress.
Her health finally necessitated a return to Canada.
In February 2011, ADC formally launched the Charles J. Taylor Centre for Chaplaincy and Spiritual Care, appointing Dr. Tracy Demmons as its first Director. In three brief years, Tracy, interrupted by several serious operations, worked with ADC to define the mission and vision of the Taylor Centre and re-connected ADC with the chaplaincy world in Canada.
With her vibrant personality and tenacity in teaching and counselling despite her physical limitations, Tracy inspired and touched the lives of students in profound ways. In 2015, she was honoured by the Acadia Divinity College Alumni Association with its Distinguished Service Award – the youngest recipient of this award.
Tracy believed that God works wonders with whatever you give Him. This was certainly demonstrated in her own life. Acadia Divinity College will long remember Tracy’s indomitable spirit, positive outlook on life, and deep faith in a loving God.
Click here to hear Tracy in an inspiring video
(Link from ACD Blog, Acadia University Website, October 2016)
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