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Memorials to General Synod 2001


To Members of the General Synod

We record with gratitude the names of former members of the General Synod who have died since the 1998 Session.


The Right Reverend William Gordon Legge

The Right Reverend William Gordon Legge was born in Robinson's, Newfoundland on January 20, 1913 and died in Corner Brook, Newfoundland on January 13, 1999. He was ordained deacon in 1938 and priest in 1939 and served all of his ministry in Newfoundland. He was consecrated Suffragan Bishop of Newfoundland in 1968 and was appointed the first bishop of the newly formed Diocese of Western Newfoundland in 1976. He retired in 1978.

The Right Reverend Kenneth Maguire


the Venerable Arthur Edward Lampay Caulfield

The Venerable Arthur Edward Lampay Caulfield was born in Ottawa in 1906 and died in Saint John, New Brunswick on January 5, 2000. He was educated at Bishop's University, Lennoxville, Quebec, receiving a B.A. in 1927, an LST in 1929 and a Doctor of Divinity from King's College, Halifax, Nova Scotia in 1970. He was ordained deacon in 1929 and priest in 1930 in the Diocese of Ottawa and served there until 1957, except for 1941-1944 when he was a chaplain in the RCAF. He moved to Trinity Church, Saint John, New Brunswick in 1957. He was a member of General Synod in 1952, 1955, 1959, 1962, 1965, 1967, 1969 and 1971.

The Venerable William Douglas Mclaren Christie

The Venerable William Douglas McLaren Christie was born in St. Johnsbury, Vermont, November 12, 1910 and died on October 13, 2000. A graduate of Bishops University, Lennoxville, Quebec 1934, he was ordained Deacon July 26, 1935 and Priest, June 29, 1936. He served in the dioceses of Quebec and Ottawa. He was appointed Rural Dean in 1952 ; Archdeacon of Cornwall 1958 and Diocesan Archdeacon and Director of Program, Diocese of Ottawa in 1972. He was a lifetime Member and Chaplain of the Governor General's Footguards and Chaplain to Government House from 1967-80.

The Reverend Edmund Alfred (Fred) Davies

The Reverend Fred Davies died peacefully on July 16, 2000, at the age of 102. He was ordained to the Diaconate in 1969 and the Priesthood in 1970. He served as rector of St. Luke's until 1981. He continued active in the parish and visiting hospitals up until 1999, when health no longer allowed him to do so. He was a delegate to General Synod and a member of Diocesan Synod.

The Reverend Canon George Halden Earle

The Reverend Canon George Halden Earle was born March 21, 1914 in Change Islands, Newfoundland and died May 10, 2000 in St. John's, Newfoundland. In 1933 he graduated from Memorial University College with a general teacher's training and taught in small communities. Deciding to enter the ministry he entered Queen's College and was ordained deacon in 1938 and priest in 1939 in the Diocese of Newfoundland. He was invited to the World Conference of Christian Youth in Amsterdam in 1939 and was unable to sail back so he enrolled in the University of Durham and earned a BA in 1940 and an MA in 1944. He served in England until 1957 when he became principal of Queen's College until 1965 and then provost until he retired in 1979. He was also made Canon of the Cathedral of St. John the Baptist in 1971. As well as being a clergyman, he was also an actor and an author, and the biggest part of his retirement was spent in making after-dinner speeches. He was a member of General Synod in 1962.

The Venerable Alan Fairbairn

The Venerable Alan Fairbairn was born in Newcastle-on-Tyne, Northumberland, England on September 26, 1923 and died on March 20, 2000. He was educated in England coming to Canada in 1949 serving with the Royal Canadian Air Force and the Canadian Armed Services Reserve retiring in 1965. He then entered Bishop's University receiving an L.S.T. in 1967 and a B.A. with History Honours in 1973. He was ordained deacon and priest in 1967 and served in Cookshire, Eaton-Dudswell, Sherbrooke and was Archdeacon of St. Francis. He was a member of General Synod in 1975 and 1977.

The Venerable Charles Fiddler

The Venerable Charles Fiddler was born January 14, 1940 and died in Prince Albert, Saskatchewan on November 14, 1999. He was ordained Deacon on March 9, 1978 and Priest on September 1, 1981. He served the parish of Cumberland House and was Archdeacon of Prince Albert from November 1989 to December 1993.

The Venerable George Henry (Harry) Greenhalgh

Born in Prince Albert, Saskatchewan on August 2, 1915, he died in Victoria, BC on June 27, 2000. After graduation from Emmanuel College, Saskatoon in 1939, he served in parishes in Saskatchewan and Prince Edward Island before moving to Vancouver island in 1942. He served in four parishes in the Diocese of British Columbia before retiring in 1980. He served as Rural Dean of Victoria 1973-1975. Appointed a Canon of Christ Church Cathedral Chapter in 1970, he was made Archdeacon of Saanich in 1975. He was a member of General synod in 1955, 1959, 1965, 1967 and 1969.

The Reverend Canon Charlie Locke

The Rev. Canon Charlie Locke died on February 22, 1998. Charlie was a retired priest of the Diocese of Moosonee. After many years of ministry as a lay reader, Charlie was ordained in the 1960s and served in three parishes prior to his retirement. He was a strong support of the Primate's World Relief and Development Fund until the time of his deal, and had served briefly in the Diocese of Belize in his retirement. He was a member of General Synod on two occasions, as a lay delegate in 1962, and as a clergy delegate in 1980.

The Reverend William John Lunny

Born in Vancouver, BC on January 2, 1930, he died in Courtney, BC on July 21, 2000. Ordained deacon in 1955 and priest in 1956, he served his entire ministry in parishes on Vancouver Island. He took a year's leave of absence for studies in Europe in 1967 and maintained his keen interest in academic studies throughout his life, publishing three books in the latter years of his ministry. He retired in 1955 Having served served as Clerical Secretary of the Synod of the Diocese of British Columbia from 1981-1984 and as Rural Dean of Saanich 1973-1975, he was a member of General Synod in 1980.

The Very Reverend Donald Wilbur Noseworthy

The Very Reverend Donald Wilbur Noseworthy was ordained Deacon 1946 and Priest in 1947. He served in parishes in Quebec and Massachusetts, and New Brunswick. He was appointed Canon of Christ Church Cathedral in 1974 and Dean from 1983-1985.

The Reverend Canon Ronald Ernest Reeve

The Reverend Canon Ronald Ernest Reeve was born in Bromley, England on January 21, 1922 and died on September 23, 1998. After serving with the RAF in the World War II he was ordained deacon in 1950 and priest in 1951 in the Diocese of Rochester. He served as acting Professor of Theology at King's College, Halifax and then in 1968 he went to Bishop's University in Lennoxville, Quebec where he taught until he retired in 1988. He was a member of General Synod in 1986.

The Venerable Edward Rigby

The Venerable Edward Rigby died in Owen Sound, Ontario on February 21, 1999. He was ordained deacon in 1937 and priest in 1938 serving in the Diocese of Toronto until he moved to the Diocese of Niagara in 1941. In 1946 he was named secretary-treasurer, a position he held until his retirement in 1976. He also served as registrar of the diocese for 14 years and canon of Christ Church Cathedral. After retirement he served as honorary assistant for 12 years at St. Luke's, Burlington. He was a member of General Synod in 1952, 1959, 1962, 1965, 1967, 1969, 1971, and 1973.

The Venerable William John Rowe

The Venerable William John Rowe was born on January 2, 1924 and died February 3, 2001 in Saskatoon. He was ordained priest in May 1970 and spent his entire priesthood in the Diocese of Saskatchewan. He was appointed Archdeacon of the Diocese and served four successive bishops as Executive Secretary. He retired from the Diocese in 1990-

The Reverend Percy Tait

The Reverend Percy Tait was born at Claxton Cannery on July 19, 1924 and died on January 24, 1999. After 16 years as a commercial fisherperson, Percy worked as a logger for B.C. Cellulose until 1984. He also served in many capacities in the village of Aiyansh as well as a member of the Nisga'a Tribal Council Executive and the Regional District of Kitimat-Stikine. After serving for many years as a lay reader, Percy was ordained to the diaconate in 1984 and the priesthood in 1986 and served in the parish of St. Peter's in New Aiyansh. He was a member of General Synod in 1983, 1986, 1989 and 1995.

The Reverend Herbert Elmo Taylor

The Reverend Herbert Elmo Taylor was born in Ontario on June 5, 1921 and died in Moose Jaw, Sask. on May 23, 1998. He was ordained deacon in 1949 and priest in 1950 serving in the Dioceses of Moosonee, Niagara and Qu'Appelle where he was instrumental in reorganizing the work among Indian people. He served for six years during WWII and after ordination as Padre in the Militia and the Royal Canadian Legion receiving a Life Membership and Distinguished Service Medal. He left parish ministry in 1973 to become Mayor of Moose Jaw and served later as councillor until ill health forced his resignation in 1989. He was a member of General Synod in 1959, 1969, 1971.

The Venerable Charles Edward Fabian Wolff

The Venerable Charles Edward Fabian Wolff died March 30, 1999 at the age of 89. He was ordained deacon in 1934 and priest in 1935 in the Diocese of Edmonton. He served in the Diocese of Edmonton from the time of ordination until 1963 except from 1943-1946 when he was a chaplain in the Armed Forces. From 1963 to 1977 he was became rector of St. Luke's Church, Cedar Hill in the Diocese of British Columbia. He was a member of General Synod in 1962.

The Reverend Canon George Murray Wyatt

The Reverend Canon George Murray Wyatt died in Guelph, Ontario on December 7, 1998. He was ordained deacon in 1947 and priest in 1948 in the Diocese of Huron and served in the Dioceses of Huron, Keewatin and Huron retiring from active fulltime ministry in 1985 and then functioned as priest associate and honorary assistant at St. George's, Guelph, Ontario. He was a member of General Synod in 1952 and 1955


Canon H. Derek Arnold

H. Derek Arnold, the Lay Canon Emeritus of the Diocese of Kootenay died in March 2001. he was a member of General Synod, member of Administrative and Finance Committee, Chair of the Program Committee and Benefactor of Sorrento Centre. He was a member of General Synod from the Dioceses of Kootenay and British Columbia.

Mr. Ian George Clark

Ian George Clark died in Kamloops, British Columbia on August 5. 1999. Mr. Clark had a passion for radio and worked his way through the ranks becoming owner and founder of a radio and a television station. He was very involved in community and civic affairs and in 1979 was named Kamloops Citizen of the Year. He attended St. Paul's Cathedral in Kamloops and was involved with the church at many levels. In November 1999 the Canadian Association of Broadcasters will posthumously induct Mr. Clark into the Broadcaster's Hall of Fame. He was a member of General Synod in 1965.

Professor Leonard Philip Edward

Professor Leonard Philip Edward of Fredericton died on November 24, 2000. Professor Edward had a long and distinguished career in education and retired from full-time teaching at the University of New Brunswick in Fredericton, where he served a Head of the Math Department. His contributions to the Anglican Church included sidesman, layman and and choir duties at Christ Church Cathedral, Fredericton. His devotion to his church was recognized with an honourary Doctor of Civil Laws by the University of Kings College in Halifax.

Elder Gilbert Faries

Elder Gilbert Faries died in his home community of Moose Factory, Ontario on March 2, 2000 at age 83. Mr. Faries was possibly the first aboriginal recipient of the Anglican Award of Merit. He was Chief of the Moose Factory Cree Band in the 1950s and was a lay delegate from the Diocese of Moosonee to General Synod in 1975.

Ms. Alice Pamela McBeth

Alice Pamela McBeth was born in Antigua, June 26, 1930 and died October 27, 2000. She lived and worked in Barbados, Latin America, Puerto Rico, the Dominican Republic and Venezuela. She was among the founders of Iglesia Santisima Trinidad in Puerto la Cruz, Venezuela. She served on many parish, diocesan, provincial and national committees and was Deputy Prolocutor of the Ecclesiastical Province of Canada. She was a member of the General Board of the Canadian Council of Churches, the Canadian Centre of Ecumenism, the Canadian Bible Society (Montreal District). In 1992 she was presented with the Anglican Award of Merit.

Elder Millie Michell

Millie Michell died October 2000. She was a great Pastoral Elder and spiritual leader who had the respect and love of everyone who came in contact with her. Anglican native and non-native people from all across Canada experienced her strength and faith. She had a deep and abiding love for the Church. She was an inspiration to many at national church gatherings.

Ms. Louise Moulton

Louise Moulton was born in Burgeo, Newfoundland and died May 14, 1999. She was a member of the Parish of Burgeo and served the church at deanery and diocesan levels for many years. She was a member of General Synod in 1983.

Ms. Sandra Notley Kreutzer

Sandra Notley Kreutzer died in Alberta in October 1998. She taught Sunday School and Bible Studies and helped clean the parish church when needed. A gifted writer and teacher, Sandy edited the Anglican Magazine for some years before going out to Tanzania in 1988 to help organize a diocesan paper. She was a member of the Consultation for Peace and Disarmament in 1982, the Primate's World Relief and Development Fund Committee as well as the diocesan co-ordinator, the National Consultation on Human Rights and a volunteer researcher for the Inter-Church Coalition on Africa. In 1994 Sandy was given the Anglican Award of Merit. She was a member of General Synod in 1977 and 1986.

Mr. Douglas Albert Peppiat

Douglas Albert Peppiat died in Toronto on June 13, 1999 in his 61st year. He attended Upper Canada College, University of Toronto, Osgoode Hall Law School being called to the Bar of Ontario in 1965 and was appointed a Master in the Superior Court of Ontario in 1981. He was a member of Church of the Epiphany and St. Mark and was appointed a Lay Reader there in 1989. He became vice-chancellor of the Diocese of Toronto in 1992. He was a member of General Synod in 1986, 1992, 1995 and 1998.

Mr. Harry Ross Phillips

Harry Ross Phillips died in Brockville, Ont. in early summer 1998. He was a member of the choir of St. Peter's Church, Brockville, Ontario for 60 years, missing only one Christmas Eve service, a layreader for 45 years, warden, delegate to Synod and volunteer of other numerous tasks. A special choral evensong was held as a memorial service. He was a member of General Synod in 1952 and 1973.

Ms. Vi Samaha

Vi Samaha was born on April 5, 1938 and died in Kamloops, British Columbia on June 10, 1999. She was an Nlha7kapmz woman who stepped boldly and proudly towards the white culture. She had the capacity to journey in both cultures and was passionate for the concern of First Nation Peoples.She was a compassionate leader of the Diocesan Council of Indigenous People and active for a number of years on the Anglican Council of Indigenous People and for the national church. She was a member of General Synod in 1989, 1992 and 1995.

Ms. Agnes Willis

Agnes Willis died on February 29, 2000. She was a member of General Synod in 1977.

Mr. Russell Frederick Smiley

Mr. Russell Frederick Smiley died in Sudbury, Ontario on December 24, 1999. He was a veteran of the Second World War and had been a faithful and active member of Holy Trinity Parish, Cochrane, Ontario for many years. He represented the Diocese of Moosonee as a lay delegate to General Synod in 1962, 1965, 1967, 1973, 1977 and 1980.

Dr. Reginald Soward

Dr. Reginald H. Soward, Chancellor Emeritus, Diocese of Toronto and former Chancellor of General Synod passed away in Toronto on Tuesday, April 3, 2001. Dr. Soward was an active voice in the Anglican Church since 1935 when he was made church warden at St. Timothy's in the Diocese of Toronto. He served as Chancellor of General Synod for 30 years. A resolution of the National Executive Council acknowledged Chancellor Soward's contribution "not just as its solicitor, but in his life and work throughout the whole wide spectrum of his involvement in the church, as a man who has demonstrated his faith in terms of visible action."

Mr. Gordon Stanley Thomas

Gordon Stanley Thomas died November 9, 2000. He was the first Rector's Warden of the Parish of St. Augustine in St. John's and a member of that parish from 1963 until his death. He served on many diocesan committees and was a member of Provincial and Diocesan Synods and a member of the Church Lad's Brigade for over 65 years. For his contribution to the church in the Diocese of Eastern Newfoundland and Labrador, he was the first recipient of the Bishop's Award of Merit in 1992. He was a member of General synod in 1975

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