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JACKSON, REVEREND ROBERT ALEXANDER, passed from this life to the next on March 3, 2007, at his home in Winston Park, Kitchener, Ont. Bob, as he was called by his acquaintances, was born in Ballymena, County Antrim, Northern Ireland, on August 13, 1920. He graduated from Queen's University Belfast and studied theology at Trinity College Dublin. He was ordained into the Christian ministry, married and immigrated to Canada in 1949. His first congregation in Canada was St. Cuthbert's, Hamilton, Ont. In his five years with that congregation it grew from a mission charge to a congregation of 300.

Bob was called by the Presbytery of Guelph to Knox's, Gait, in 1954, beginning his ministry there in April. He retired from active ministry in January 1985. During his ministry in this presbytery, Bob was moderator several times, was instrumental in starting St. Giles, Cambridge, Ont., and served on the board of congregational life and the board of world mission of The Presbyterian Church in Canada.

Bob was also actively involved in the community. He served as president of the Gait Kiwanis Club, president of the South Waterloo District Boy Scouts of Canada and as chairman of the Gait Library Board. He oversaw the building of the present main branch across Queen's Square from Knox, Gait.

Bob believed that spreading the Gospel was central to Christian ministry. To that end, early in his time at Knox, he started the Golden Hour radio ministry Sunday mornings. That program continued under his successors until a change in programming format in 1996 removed it from the air. He organized evangelical conferences with Dr. William Fitch of Knox Church, Toronto, and Dr. Len Evans of Ohio. Bob's evangelical zeal and love of ministry led seven young people to enter into full-time ministry of The Presbyterian Church in Canada.

He is survived by his wife of 58 years, Marguerite; children Kennedy of Brampton, Ont., Lynn of St. Agatha, Ont., and Cindy of Kitchener, Ont.; nine grandchildren and 10 great-grandchildren.

SMITH, JOHN EARL, passed away on December 29, 2006, at the age of 60. A life-long and faithful member of Burns Presbyterian Church, Milverton, Ont., John was a successful businessman and partner in the Zehr Insurance Group based in New Hamburg, Ont. John brought the same passion he had for life into his worship and leadership in Burns Church as he was Clerk of Session, like his father and his father before him. John was also an avid vintage car enthusiast and was involved in several antique car associations in Ontario.

Survived by his loving wife of 32 years, Denise, and proud father of three children: Christina and Mike (Sebben), Kimberley, Scott; and granddaughter Isabella. John's compassionate leadership, heartfelt love and devotion will be sadly missed in Burns Church, the Kirk Session and the community.

STANSFIELD, BLAKE, passed away on February 22, 2007. Lifelong member of St. Andrew's, Brampton, Ont., and dedicated elder for 30 years. Blake was Brampton's Santa Claus and he loved and encouraged children and young people all his life. In his dying, Blake's incredible faith and trust in God sustained him and was an example for us all.

STEVENS, WILLIAM E., faithful member and elder of Westminster Presbyterian Church, Calgary, Alta. Passed away peacefully on January 3, 2007. Lovingly remembered as a gentle and caring servant of the Lord.

TENHAAF, WILLIAM, founding member of Parkwood Presbyterian Church, Ottawa, Ont. and active elder 1974-1986, passed away on February 13, 2007.
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