Members who have died in 2018
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.
Carver, Daphne Eunice 1933-2017
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.
Visitation will be held on Wednesday, October 18th, 2017 from 7 p.m. – 9 p.m. at J.A. Snow Funeral Home, 339 Lacewood Drive, Halifax. A service to celebrate Daphne’s life will be held on Thursday, October 19th, at 2 p.m. at St. John’s Anglican Church, 2187 Larry Uteck Boulevard, Bedford, N.S.
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.
To get a sense of Daphne’s ability to connect deeply with family and others, please go to the funeral home web site and view the slide show of her life. Click on the “View photo gallery” tab on the left side beneath Daphne’s picture. Click here to view
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. He is also survived by his mom, Agatha and dad, Frank sister Anita, brother-in-law rob and nephews Austen and Evan. he also leaves to mourn his Tante Olga and Uncle Curt, cousins Suzan, Claudia and husband Ray and daughters Erika and Alexa, cousin Christopher and son C.J. along with cousins Gayl and Cam and husband Neil and twins Teagen and Kyle. He will also be remembered by his many cousins in Germany. Peter was predeceased by both sets of grandparents as well as his Uncle Bruno, Uncle Alfred and Tante Friedel as well as his Tante Wanda in Germany.
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 served as a chaplain at the Glenrose Rehabilitation Hospital where staff 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 .”
“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.”
“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; he was someone I sought out for advice on how our roles worked together to the benefit of our mutual patient caseloads. 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.”
(Staff comments in Peter’s on-line Obituary) Click here to see pictures and read more comments
Green, Floyd March 29, 1936 – September 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 R.H.C., Newmarket on Sunday, September 24th, 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 13th, 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 www.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.
Spicer, Charles 1943-2017
Reverend Charles Ernest (“Chuck”) Spicer. Died peacefully with members of his family around him, September 3, 2017 at the age of 74. Chuck will be deeply missed by Karen Spicer, Allison and Paul Tomka, and his cherished grandson, Jamison Tomka, as well as many extended family members, friends, former colleagues and members of the various congregations with which he was involved over the years. Chuck was called to serve as Minister with the United Church of Canada in Winnipeg and then Ottawa and later as Chaplain at the Royal Ottawa Hospital. The family wishes to thank the staff at the Royal Ottawa Mental Health Centre and at Longfields Manor for their care in recent months. A Memorial Service will be held at Rideau Park United Church, 2203 Alta Vista Drive at 2:00 PM on Friday, September 8, 2017. Those who wish to do so may make a donation to the Alzheimer’s Society (alzheimerottawa.ca) or to the Royal Ottawa Foundation for Mental Health (theroyal.ca).
Morrison, Ian “David”
(1941 – 2017)
It is with great sadness that we announce the death of Dr. David Morrison of Charlottetown. David died peacefully on Monday, May 15, 2017 in the Victoria General Hospital in Halifax following emergency surgery. He was the son of the late Gilbert and Hilda Morrison of Halifax and brother of the late Scott (Midge) and the late John (Ann). He is survived by his loving wife Mary Lou, daughters Heather (J.F. Bader) and Michelle (Ian Forgeron), grandchildren Juliette, Joëlle, Henri and Laurent Bader and many nieces, nephews and their families. As a professor, a minister, counsellor and friend he touched the lives of so many here and elsewhere. Resting at Belvedere Funeral Home for visitation Friday 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. The funeral service will be held at St. Paul’s Anglican Church, Charlottetown on Saturday at 10 a.m. Interment later in Christ Church Cemetery, Cherry Valley. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to The Primate’s World Relief and Development Fund (PWRDF). Online condolences may be made at www.belvederefh.com.
Caissie, Louis Philippe
December 12, 1937 – June 22, 2017
Reverend Louis-Philippe 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.
For online condolences, please visit: www.jasnowfuneralhome.com
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.
The Rev. Dr. Cullene Bryant passed away on April 23rd in Vancouver, BC having been diagnosed with stage four pancreatic cancer in mid-February. Cullene was the first woman to be certified as a CPE Supervisor within the Canadian Association of Spiritual Care. A minister of the United Church of Canada, she worked most of her life as a spiritual care teaching supervisor at hospitals in Toronto, Edmonton, New York, and Vancouver, and taught at Union Theological Seminary in the Philippines. Cullene had passion for both theology and writing, and studied at St. Andrew’s in Scotland and the Centre for Spirituality and Justice in New York, received a Doctor of Ministry from Princeton, and graduated from the Writer’s Studio at Simon Fraser University. She spent many years in Alberta, including a decade working as the Director of Pastoral Care at the University of Alberta Hospital, where she was appreciated for her deep goodness, wit, and wisdom.
Her daughter’s words describe Cullene well:
“With great grief and a certain amount of shock I must announce the death of an incredible woman, my irreplaceable mother, Cullene Bryant. Pancreatic cancer claimed her life early this morning (April 23) just over 3 months after being told she might have stage 4 cancer and barely 2 months after her official diagnosis. I struggle to say she battled cancer because it was never a fair fight, but she did continue to defy doctors’ predictions at almost every turn. She was never a dull woman and lived life with a fierce passion for all she loved – including her writing and her family. Loyal, protective, creative, active, and healthy, her terminal diagnosis came as a shock but she bore it with grace. She raised me and my brother as a single mom, and it made us that much closer. We never wanted for anything and she offered us every opportunity life could afford. She was such a strong presence in our lives it is impossible to believe she won’t be physically in them anymore. Her love stays with her family, most especially her children, grandchildren and children-in-law. I will miss her for the rest of my life, but I hope she is at peace now. The fiercely protective mother and the strong, independent woman I am are in large part because of her. Thank you, mom!!” Rhiannon
We are saddened to inform you of the death of Rabbi Dr. Nachum Norman Berlat, z”l, one of the earliest members of NAJC and a pioneer in professional chaplaincy in Canada. He was also a member of APC, CASC and ACPE. He was one of the earliest and first Jewish ACPE supervisors.
The burial took place, April 2nd, in Eretz Hachaim Cemetary.
Rabbi Berlat served as Director of Spiritual Care at Baycrest for almost 30 years, before retiring in 2012. He continued to serve as Scholar-In-Residence and taught classes to patients, residents, clients and their families as part of Baycrest’s Jewish cultural and educational offerings. Rabbi Berlat was also an Associate Teaching Supervisor of Clinical Pastoral Education and provided instruction to Chaplain Interns and Spiritual Care Volunteer visitors as part of their training and development. He was also a member of the University of Toronto Faculty of Medicine and Professor of Pastoral Counseling at the Jewish University of America. He was ordained at Yeshiva University (Orthodox) in his home town of New York, NY and held a Doctor of Pastoral Care as well. (Adapted from Baycrest web site)
May Nachum’s name be for a blessing.
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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Members who have died in 2016
Roberts, John 1935-1916The 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.
HUNTLY, 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
Dr. Tracy Vom Hagen (Nee Demmons)
August 13, 1979 – September 13, 2016
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)
Members who have died in 2015