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English, Rev. J. Karl, June 13, 1935-Nov. 29, 2011, passed away peacefully in Calgary, Alta., at the age of 76 years. He is lovingly remembered and greatly missed by his wife of 50 years, Barbara; his daughter Kathy (Terry) Basaraba and their children Andrew, Kristy and Matthew; his son Tim (Cindy) English and their children Adam and Scott; and his brother Gordon (Peggy) and his family.


Karl was born and raised in Pictou, N.S., and he cherished his Pictou Countv roots. He graduated from Acadia University in Wolfville, N.S., and Knox College in Toronto and was ordained as a Presbyterian minister in 1960. He served three charges in Ontario: Cochrane, Bracebridge/Gravenhurst and Chippawa Church in Niagara Falls. He spent the last 22 years of his ministry at St. Andrew's Presbyterian Church in Calgary. His dedication to the church and his ability to engage people in its life and work were hallmarks of his ministries. For many years Karl was chair of the board of Ewart College and served on Assembly Council as well as numerous national and presbytery committees.

Travel, golf, genealogy research and summers on Caribou Island, N.S., kept him occupied in his spare time and especially following retirement. A celebration of Karl's life was held at St. Andrew's Presbyterian Church, Calgary, on Dec. 6, 2011.

Garvin, Rev. Murray Lloyd. Many in Canada were shocked in mid-January to hear of the sudden death of Rev. Garvin, who at the time was teaching at Yu Shan Theological Seminary in Taiwan. This was his eighth year at the school in a volunteer role he had embraced following his retirement from pastoral ministry in the Slocan Valley, B.C.

Murray had "missions" in his heart. Following his early years with the Board of World Mission in Fort St. John and the Canadian northwest, he was appointed as a missionary to Taiwan. There he became fluent in both Taiwanese and Mandarin and over the next 15 years he won the hearts of the Taiwanese people and the respect and love of the church through a ministry that spoke powerfully of a God of love and justice. He responded faithfully to many different assignments while in Taiwan, including acting associate general secretary of the Presbyterian Church in Taiwan and later acting principal at Yu Shan Theological College. But underlying all was his love for young people and his special interest in the aboriginal peoples of the church.

Back in Canada in 1976, Murray took up pastoral ministry at Weston Presbyterian Church and from there moved to the national church offices as secretary for Mission Education. He introduced fresh ideas and new approaches. Another avenue into which he poured his energy was the Cursillo movement which in its time touched the lives of many faithful people across Canada. His final years in ministry in the Slocan Valley, although quieter, were coloured still by his rich and compassionate relationships with his parishioners and colleagues.

Murray will always hold a precious place in the hearts of those who knew and worked with him, especially Mary Helen, David, Ruth, Ann, Michael, Peter and their families.

Johnson, Jessie L., 83, of The Ponds, N.S., formerly of Pictou, N.S., passed away peacefully on July 21, 2011. Born in Sunny Brae, N.S., she was the daughter of the late John 1. and Rose (Williams) Macdonald. A graduate of Normal College in Truro in 1947, she taught school in River John, Dartmouth and Pictou. After retirement in 1985 she began her new career of lay ministry. She preached throughout the Pictou presbytery in various vacancies and was known by many.

She was the first woman to be ordained as an elder in St. Andrew's Church, Pictou. In 1996, Jessie had the honour of being the first non-ordained person to be installed as moderator of Pictou presbytery. She gave of her wisdom and talents to presbytery and synod committees and commissions as well as to the AMS and community associations. She dedicated her life to her children, her strength and faith having been an example to those who knew her.

Jessie is survived by a daughter. Rev. Gail Johnson-Murdock (Kevin); grandchildren Kaycee and David; brothers Robert (Joan) Macdonald of Hopewell and Earle (Gretchen) of Dartmouth; sisters-in-laws, brother-in-law. cousins, nieces and nephews. Besides her parents, she was predeceased by her husband George, son David, brother Jock and sister Madeline Russell

MacDonald, Rev. Glenn Sidney, aged 59 of Pictou, N.S., formerly of Thorburn, passed away peacefully surrounded by his family on August 9, 2011. A native of Whycocomagh. N.S., Glenn attended school in Whycocomagh, and at Saint Francis Xavier University, McGill University, the Presbyterian College, Montreal and lately the Atlantic School of Theology in Halifax. He was ordained to the ministry of word and sacraments of the Presbyterian Church in Canada in his home church of St. Andrew's, Whycocomagh on May 17, 1977. He faithfully served the charges of Sherbrooke, Glenelg and Moser River (1977-1981); North River, North Shore, Indian Brook and Englishtown (1981-1990); and Thorburn and Sutherland's River (1990-2005).

Glenn was a diligent and proud servant of the church, acting on committees of the General Assembly, the Synod of the Atlantic Provinces and the presbyteries of Cape Breton and Pictou, in both of which he served as moderator. He served as chaplain in the militia to the 1st and 2nd Nova Scotia Highlanders, was a member of the Masonic Lodge and a life member of the Atlantic Mission Society.

His greatest strengths in his ministry were his sense of humour, his enthusiasm in working with youth and the pleasure he took in sharing a pastoral visit or a casual conversation. Glenn always believed that religion was foremost about community; he saw himself as a part of the communities he served, not apart from them.

Glenn is survived by his wife Christina; sons Rev. Peter (Carol) of Big Bras d'Or, Robert of Halifax, Stephen of CFB Gagetown; granddaughter Phoebe; cherished aunt Glennie MacMillan of Sydney; beloved mother-in-law Roberta Cameron of Strathlorne and a large and loving extended family.


Smollett, Marian. The congregation of Knox, Iroquois, Ont, was saddened by the passing on of Marian Smollett on Nov. 5, 2011 at the age of 83. Marian was the beloved wife of Elder Ray Smollett; loving mother of Gail Flinn (David), Gwen McGill (Rod) and Joyce Bartholomew (Wayne) of Iroquois, Ont, Brenda Millward (Ian) of Morrisburg, Onu and Helen Hawley (Doug) of Kingston. Ont.; eight grandchildren; six great-grandchildren; a sister, Joan Williams of Calgary, Alta.; and many nieces and nephews. Her family was very important to feet and were celebrated at birthdays and holidays. Her church family was very blessed by her devotion and participation.

Marian was one of the founding members of the Knox Presbyterian Women's Evening Auxiliary and was the food convenor for many years. As a member she held other offices as well, and her insight into what was required by modern society and working women led to this evening group focusing on mission globally but also at home. She led the group in sponsoring three foster children from India, and supported local rummage sales and homes for abused women and children. Marian's quiet nature and faithfulness will long be remembered. She was a leader who led by example, always ready to donate, always ready to serve. She canvassed for many: haritable organizations. She loved animals and fed the birds daily.

Marian was a Sunday school teacher for years and also served as superintendant of the Sunday school during a critical iime when the church purchased a van md provided transportation to meetings and group outings. She was Sunday school treasurer and ordered curricula 2nd taught catechism to countless youth. Ecumenically minded, she stood on the World Day of Prayer committee as representative for Knox, Iroquois. She also led Children of the Church and her love of children and good humour were a delight.0 the church.

Most remembered were her neighbourly ways. She enjoyed visiting with new mothers and with those who were new to;he community. She would visit the sick and the shut-in and her inclusive manner iclped to build up the church and community. Marian enjoyed life--picnics, games and celebrations. She made the yearly trip o Maxville for the Highland Games, in lonour of her Scottish heritage, Marian (nee O'Meara) Smollett was piped in and 3ut of Knox Presbyterian Church, Iroquois m November 8 for a final farewell. A lunch followed in the church hall to celebrate a life well lived.
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Title Annotation:J. Karl English, Murray Lloyd Garvin, Jessie L. Johnson, Glenn Sidney MacDonald and Marian Smollett
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Date:Mar 1, 2012
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