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BOYD, MARGARET HELEN, 83, deaconess, peacefully at Hunt Club Manor, Ottawa, on April 14, 2001.

Born in Vancouver and raised in Victoria where she was an active member of Gorge Presbyterian Church, Margaret began her working career as a nurse. An accident that left her unable to nurse and a life-changing experience at the WMS 25th anniversary celebration in Toronto convinced Margaret of her call to diaconal ministry, and she soon returned to Toronto for her training.

She graduated in 1948, serving first in the Okanagan Valley, then extension work in several places in Alberta. In Prince Albert, she learned to drive in the presbytery mission van. Margaret undertook kindergarten work at Tyndale House in Montreal and then at the Vancouver Children's Centre. She also served as the regional secretary for the Hamilton/London Synodical of the WMS, followed by another six years in Saskatchewan.

Margaret finally settled in Ottawa. She became a valued member of St. Timothy's Church in 1966, was ordained an elder in 1971 and served as clerk of session from 1987-1996. Margaret was always a strong supporter of WMS, CGIT, Christian camping and ecumenical Christian education efforts.

The Rev. John Wilson, moderator of the Presbytery of Ottawa, conducted worship at her presbytery funeral. Her longtime friend and minister, The Rev. Garry Morton, reminded mourners of Margaret's considerable gifts and her ongoing willingness to use them in God's service.

BOYNE, REV. JOHN C., BA, BD, died from this life on May 16,2001, in his 66th year.

John (Jack) C. Boyne was born in Listowel, Ontario, August 10, 1935. He and his family spent much of his youth in Granby, Quebec, before returning to their roots in Listowel. Jack Boyne was ordained on April 30,1959, at Knox Presbyterian Church, Listowel, having graduated from University of Western Ontario, London, and Knox College, Toronto. Later, during his time in Victoria, he would spend six months studying at the Bossey Ecumenical Institute in Bossey, Switzerland.

On September 10, 1960, John Boyne and Jean Ferguson of Hamilton were married at St. Enoch's Presbyterian Church, Hamilton, Ont. Their sons, Richard and Peter, together with their wives and the five grandchildren have always been central in Jack and Jean's life.

Jack Boyne served The Presbyterian Church in Canada at Gorge Presbyterian Church (now Trinity Presbyterian), Victoria, B.C.; in Exeter, Cromarty and Hensall, Ont., when they constituted a pastoral charge together; at Alexandra Presbyterian Church, Brantford, Ont.; and, until his early retirement due to health, at Gale Presbyterian Church, Elmira, Ont., where he served from April 1976 until December 1993. During this time, he served as padre to the Elmira Legion. Prior to his call to Elmira, he served three years in personnel at Spinrite Yarns, Listowel.

Despite a disinclination for meetings, Jack Boyne served for a number of years on the board of Camp Kintail, a logical activity since his family cottage, a cherished retreat, was a mile south of the camp.

Jack and Jean retired to the family home in Listowel, the cottage on Lake Huron and, for a few years, a place in Florida. He died in the emergency department at Listowel Hospital on May 16,2001, after a prolonged time of declining health.

A memorial service was held in Gale Presbyterian Church, Elmira, on May 19, 2001, with The Rev. John Zondag and The Rev. Dr. Linda J. Bell conducting the service, and The Rev. Walter McLean, a classmate and friend, delivering the eulogy. Other members of presbytery were in attendance, as were many family members, friends and former parishioners. The tributes paid to Jack Boyne, publicly during the service and privately to the family afterwards, were fitting and appropriate for this man of steadfast faithfulness, forthright honesty, great compassion and passionate convictions.

HEUSTIN, REV. W. HAROLD, born April 3, 1912, was called Home on June 1,2001. Lovingly remembered by his wife, Leona, and his children, Ian, David and Jean (Hicks), and their families.

KREPPS, REV. REX G., was born in Brock, Saskatchewan, March 16, 1921, and passed away March 11, 2001, in his 80th year. He is lovingly remembered by his wife, Trudy; son Lee; and grandsons Jonathan, Joshua and Jerrad. Rex was predeceased by his son Brent in 1995. Finishing high school in Saskatoon, Rex joined the Armed Forces upon graduation, serving the #8 Canadian General Hospital from 1940-46. After the war, Rex worked as a municipal secretary and then entered Knox College, Toronto, to study for the ministry. Graduating in 1956, Rex served in Virden, Man.; Winnipeg; Salmon Arm, B.C.; and, finally, Maple Ridge, B.C. Rex married Trudy Magnus in 1957; sons Lee and Brent were born in Virden. Rex and Trudy retired to Oliver, B.C., in 1987, where Rex was active in the Canadian Legion and continued to minister in the area. Rex had a pastor's heart, touching countless people throughout his ministry. He will never be forgotten.

SMITH, REV. JACQUES, died in Prince Edward Island on May 20,2001, at the age of 93. Although an Anglican clergyman at his death, he had been a zealous worker for The Presbyterian Church in Canada, almost single-handedly reviving our French work after 1925. Under his leadership began Eglise St-Luc, Montreal; Eglise St-Paul, Melbourne; Camp d'action biblique, Richmond; as well as francophone mission works in St-Renede-Beauce and Sorel, Quebec. He was very active in publication work, making Reformed literature available in French translation, with the generous financial support of the Women's Missionary Society. He was loved by all with whom he worked at the congregational level, and was wonderfully supported by his wife, Helene, who survives him, as does his son, Andre, of P.E.I.

THOMSON, REV. DR. JAMES KENNEDY"ROSS," peacefully passed to his rest at St. Catharines General Hospital, Ontario, May 24, 2001, in his 90th year.

Ross Thomson was born in Wales in 1911 and came to Canada in 1919, to Wainwright, Alberta, where his father took a position as minister. Ross ministered in Erskine Presbyterian, Hamilton, Ontario, and MacVicar Memorial, Montreal, before accepting the call to Knox Church, St. Catharines, where he served from January 1954 until 1977 when he semi-retired to Knox Church, Monkton, Ontario. After five years, he returned to St. Catharines and served as interim minister at West St. Andrew's Church. Throughout his ministry, Ross Thomson served with distinction on many boards and committees of the General Assembly. He was elected as moderator of both the Presbytery of Niagara and the Synod of Hamilton-London. In his years in St. Catharines, he was appointed to the boards of the Hotel Dieu hospital and the Children's Aid Society.

Ross is predeceased by his loving wife and best friend, Frances Helen (1994); his daughter Helen (1972); brother David, and sisters Megan and Esther. Dr. Thomson is survived by his sister Grace Duncombe; his sons lan and his wife, Monica, Gordon and his wife, Shirley; daughter Fran and her husband, Bill Immel. He is dearly and forever missed by grandchildren: Jim, Bruce, Linda, Justin, Samantha, Lori, Carl, Sean, Charles and Lisa; five great-grandchildren; and his sister-in-law, Elizabeth Curry.

Ross had a great devotion to the gospel. After he entered the Loyalist Retirement Home, he immediately began services on Sundays for all the residents who cared to attend -- and they did. He was always a thoughtful preacher who commanded respect from his hearers. In this way, he made a significant impact on many who had no other access to worship. A time came when this was too much for his strength, so he took to writing inspiring messages for the in-house publication; these were greatly appreciated by both the staff and residents.

Truly he was "faithful unto death." Those who knew him will ever give thanks to God for his life and ministry over so many years.

ANDERSON, SAM, 90, longtime member, elder, Knox, Listowel, Ont., passed away Jan. 30, 2001.

BABION, ROSS, 85, elder and historian, First Presbyterian Church, Thunder Bay, Ont., died May 22,2001.

BISHOP, LILLIAN "LIL" (NOBLE),a faithful member and choir participant of Knox Presbyterian Church, Sudbury, Ont., died on May 26, 2001.

CLELAND, LILLIAN K., 102, longtime member, WMS life member, one of first female elders elected at Knox, Listowel, Ont., passed away April 14,2001.

DAVIDSON, ROBERT, died May 21,2001. Longtime member, Wexford, Scarborough, Ont. Elder since 1966. Served in many capacities including teacher, clerk of session, convener of property and finance committee. Also served on board of Ewart College and senate of Knox College.

FOLEY, FRANCIS JAMES, on May 28, in his 81st year. Longtime member of Knox Presbyterian Church, Welland, Ont., where he served for over 40 years on the board; was a trustee and an elder. Francis's zest for life was always evident in his loud, infectious laugh. He served his country (Glengarry Highlanders) and his Master faithfully and well. Sorely missed.

HARVEY, MARJORIE McLEAN (CRAIG), born January 18,1924, in Hespeler, Ontario. She was baptized at St. Andrew's Hespeler Presbyterian Church and became an active supportive member of the congregation. She was involved with the Presbyterian Women and was the first woman elder elected to the session and became clerk of session in 1991. Her life was dedicated to serving the Lord and living a Christian life. Marge is survived by her husband, Percy; daughter, Barbara; and son, Dr. Robert, his wife, Donna, and two grandchildren, Craig and Nicole. A memorial service was held in St. Andrew's Hespeler Presbyterian Church conducted by Rev. Wallace Little and Rev. Wilfred McLeod.

HENDERSON, A. McKIE, 77, faithful member, served Knox, Listowel, Ont., as Sunday school superintendent, elder, board member and custodian, passed away March 6,2001.

HILL, JAMES "WARREN," longtime member of St. Peter's Presbyterian Church, Madoc, Ont., and elder for 40 years, passed away June 11, 2001, at the Belleville General Hospital. The funeral service was conducted by The Rev. Stephen Thompson of St. Peter's Presbyterian Church, Madoc, Ont. The eulogy was given by The Rev. Dr. Vernon Tozer of Brantford, Ont. Left to mourn are Warren's wife, Vera; his daughter, Janet Gaebel; and grandchildren Wendy and Christopher Gaebel.

HUNTLEY, MERV, elder, good friend and coworker at St. Stephen's in Ottawa, died suddenly, June 9,2001.

KIRKER, JEAN, 85, of Olds, Alta., passed away on March 8, 2001. An elder for 21 years and an accomplished violinist. Previously active in Presbyterian churches in Carstairs, Innisfail, Calgary and Vancouver. Jean lived an exemplary Christian life and frequently said and practised, "What God gives you, he means you to share."

MacDONALD, GEORGE ALLISON "ADDIE" suddenly entered into eternal rest at the Halifax Infirmary, Halifax, Nova Scotia, on Friday, February 11, 2000. Addie, as he was widely known, was a lifetime member of Zion Presbyterian Church, Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island, as were his forefathers. Addie became a member of session in 1985 and he diligently applied his many talents in looking after the welfare of the members of the congregation. He also served on the board of trustees.

Addie's community service began with the Charlottetown city council where he served as alderman from 1960 to 1969. He entered provincial politics by being elected to the Legislative Assembly of Prince Edward Island in 1970 and was re-elected in 1974.

His funeral was held from Zion Presbyterian Church on Tuesday, February 15,2000, with Lieutenant-Governor Gilbert Clements and Mrs. Clements; Mr. George MacDonald, Mayor of the City of Charlottetown,in attendance; as well as many of the citizens of the city and province. Rev. Blame Dunnett and Rev. Dr. Gordon Matheson officiated.

Left to mourn the passing of a husband, father, grandfather and great-grandfather are his wife, Olave (Partridge), daughters Marilyn (Jack) Kane, Judith (Bill) Lougheed, Susan Martin (Alan Dubeck), Dr. Linda MacDonald (Kent Brown), Kim (Dan) Tupper and one son, Dr. peter (Bonnie) MacDonald; 19 grandchildren and six great-grandchildren; brother Elmer MacDonald.

MACPHERSON, COL. BRUCE D., CD, ADC, on July 14,2001, after a lengthy illness. He was the son of the late Rev. Dr. and Mrs. A. Gordon Macpherson of Toronto and an elder at St. Andrew's Presbyterian Church, Windsor, Ont. He served as an executive with the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation for 33 years, was a former commanding officer with the Queen's Own Cameron Highlanders (Winnipeg), and a former commander of the Windsor Militia District. Sadly missed by his wife, Anne, and his five children.

MATHESON, DR. ALASTAIR "AL," died in Victoria on May 18,2001. He was born in Vancouver in 1929. He was respected internationally as a biochemist, his work being done at the National Research Council in Ottawa and the University of Victoria, where he was dean of science for a number of years. In 1984, he was made a Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada. For the past 20 years, he has served as an elder in St. Andrew's, Victoria, and while in Ottawa was an elder in another St. Andrew's. He was loved and respected by everyone who knew him and he will be greatly missed. He leaves to mourn his loving wife of 41 years, Lawrie; his beloved daughters and their husbands, Sally and Frank Balazs, Ellen and Charles Kierulf; and his adored grandchildren, Nicholas and Emma Balazs, and Alastair and Gavin Kierulf.

MILLER, HARRY, elder and founding member of St. Stephen's in Ottawa, died May 11,2001. NORMAN, REGINALD "REG" faithful member 50 years, elder 44 years, choir member 49 years, former clerk of session, representative elder, roll clerk, superintendent of Sunday school, Alexandra Church, Brantford, Ont., June 29,2001.

POLLOCK, JIM, elder and longtime co-worker at St. Stephen's, Ottawa, died April 7, 2001.

REDDITT, JOHN, faithful and active member, an elder since 1947, Mt. Pleasant Church, Ont., died July 17, 2001.

SINGLETON, LESTER A., 90, of Belle River and Charlottetown, P.E.I., entered into eternal rest at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital in Charlottetown on May 13, 2001. Lester served 25 years as an elder at Zion Presbyterian Church, Charlottetown, having been ordained in 1976. He was a quiet and gentle man who was a friend to everyone and was ready to go the extra mile to be of service to all who called on him. Lester leaves to mourn his passing his beloved wife, Sarah (Sally), two sons and two daughters, along with six grandchildren and five great-grandchildren, all of whom lovingly remember him. His largely attended funeral was held at Charlottetown on May 15, 2001. The service was conducted by Rev. Blaine Dunnett of Zion Presbyterian Church. Interment at Wood Islands, Prince Edward Island.

STEENSON, DONALD BLAIR, died June 29, 2001, at the age of 83. Don was an elder of The Presbyterian Church in Canada. He was the retired registrar of the Ontario Board of Funeral Services and retired dean of the Canadian School of Embalming. Don served in the RCAF during the Second World War with the Toronto Scottish Regiment pipe band. Memorial service was held at St. Andrew's Hespeler Presbyterian Church on July 3,2001. He leaves to mourn his passing his beloved wife, Gladys.

WATTS, VICTOR H., 79, of Kirkwood Drive, at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital, Charlottetown, P.E.I., on Thursday, June 21, 2001. Victor served as an elder of Zion Presbyterian Church for a period of 25 years having joined session in 1976. He also served on the board of trustees. Vic, as he was known, was active in the life of Zion Church prior to holding an office. He and his wife, Ruby, spent many hours visiting among the members of the church, especially the seniors and others who were set aside by illness or infirmity. Vic was a valued member of session and was always ready to express his views on any subject in his quiet and studious manner. In 1939, Vic joined the Royal Canadian Navy Volunteer Reserve and served in many places throughout the Second Word War. Following the war, he remained in the Navy for an additional five years, retiring with the rank of petty officer. In his peacetime employment, he was a bricklayer by trade and spent some time as an instructor at the P.E.I. Vocational School.

Victor leaves to mourn his passing his beloved wife, Ruby (Downe), having celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary on May 24, 2001, just prior to Vic entering the hospital. He was the dear father of Alan (Jean), David, Ray (Rhonda), Bonnie (Peter). He was predeceased by son Donnie. Twelve loving grandchildren will also miss him. Also surviving him is a sister, Jean, of Newfoundland and a brother, Ralph, of British Columbia.

On the evening prior to the funeral, the Royal Canadian Legion held a veterans tribute service. His funeral was held on Sunday, June 24, 2001, at 2 p.m. from Zion Presbyterian Church, the service being conducted by Rev. Blaine Dunnett. Interment in the Peoples Cemetery, Charlottetown.

WHITE, JERRY, faithful member 16 years, elder 12 years, Alexandra Church, Brantford, Ont., June 28, 2001.

WISEMAN, BRUCE, 81, faithful elder and worker of St. Andrew's, Burks Falls, Ont. Passed away after a short illness on Feb. 26, 2001. Bruce will be greatly missed by his wife and family and his church family.
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