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Suspension of Services

In person Service Suspension

In Person Services Suspended

We are very sorry to have to convey this bad news, but as London moves into grey level restrictions, and based on the advice of Bishop Todd, The Church of the Epiphany is suspending in person services effective immediately. We invite everyone to join us for our online audio services, and continue to reach out to Rev. Teresa throughout the week.

In person services will remain suspended until London moves back to code orange restrictions and advice is received from the Bishop’s office to resume in person services.

 

Epiphany Service for Sunday January 17 2021

Epiphany Service For January 17, 2021.

 

The flowers in the church today are to the Glory of God and in loving memory of our daughter and sister Lisa Aldington, given by Bob, Linda and Christine Aldington. The flowers in the church today are to the Glory of God and in loving memory of a dear husband Roland Rees given by his wife Gail Rees and family. 

 

*Please remember to save your cancelled stamps.

 

*Meat/Veg Pies Thank You!  Some still available.  Only 4$ call Barb. 519-680-0649.

 

*Food Cupboard.     Butch. 519-615-9106. Many have been kept from being hungry this year.  The need continues.  We can arrange to receive your donations.  Your heart would be warmed by all the good we do.  Thank you everyone!

 

*Thank you for your generous love of Epiphany.  Our Church does much good, quietly, without fanfare.   Let’s all keep up our Good Work! Even while we are sheltering in our homes.

 

*Thank you Ron for posting our service on our website, Adam for recording our service To Anusha for the music.  

 

Audio Service for Jan 17 2021

 

Bible Readings for week of Jan 17-24

 

Opening:

 

The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ,

and the love of God,

and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit,

be with you all.

And also with you.

 

Before the scripture, let us hear a little aside about the Gospel.

 

It is about a Fig Tree that we hear Nathanael was underneath.

 

A fig tree is about fifteen feet tall and its branches spread out about 25 feet in width like an umbrella, creating a space that is almost like a private room. If someone wanted to get away from the chaos of a one-room house, he or she would sit under the fig tree. They would sit there to read scripture or to reflect or to pray. Sitting under a fig tree was a sign of seeking and praying for God’s living presence. Now, I realize that this church looks nothing like a fig tree. But isn’t that why we’re love church? We have come together with the yearning to know the touch of the living God. We come to “retreat” from the chaos of the world around us so we can read scripture, reflect, and pray. So we see that we do have much in common with Nathaniel in this Gospel reading..

 

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John 1:43-51

1:43 The next day Jesus decided to go to Galilee. He found Philip and said to him, “Follow me.”

1:44 Now Philip was from Bethsaida, the city of Andrew and Peter.

1:45 Philip found Nathanael and said to him, “We have found him about whom Moses in the law and also the prophets wrote, Jesus son of Joseph from Nazareth.”

1:46 Nathanael said to him, “Can anything good come out of Nazareth?” Philip said to him, “Come and see.”

1:47 When Jesus saw Nathanael coming toward him, he said of him, “Here is truly an Israelite in whom there is no deceit!”

1:48 Nathanael asked him, “Where did you get to know me?” Jesus answered, “I saw you under the fig tree before Philip called you.”

1:49 Nathanael replied, “Rabbi, you are the Son of God! You are the King of Israel!”

1:50 Jesus answered, “Do you believe because I told you that I saw you under the fig tree? You will see greater things than these.”

1:51 And he said to him, “Very truly, I tell you, you will see heaven opened and the angels of God ascending and descending upon the Son of Man.”

Sermon:

 

John 1:43-51 

 

Jesus and Moses go golfing one day. 

Jesus is about to hit a shot.

He says, 

“Hey Moses, watch this! “Just like Arnold Palmer!” 

Moses says, “Jesus, you can do anything 

but don’t try to be like Arnold Palmer.” 

Jesus says, “No, watch this — just like Arnold Palmer!”

 

Jesus hits the ball in the water 

so Jesus asked Moses to get the ball. 

Moses parts the water 

gets the ball.

 

This continued for about fifteen minutes. 

 

Finally, Jesus hit the ball in the water for the seventh time. 

“Please get my ball for me,” Jesus asked Moses.

 

 Moses says, 

“No, I told you to quit trying to be like Arnold Palmer 

so I’m not getting it this time.”

 

Jesus walked across the water,

reached down, and got his ball. 

 

While he was doing this,

a couple ride by in a cart.

 

They ask, “Who does he think he is, Jesus?”

 Moses says, “No! He thinks he’s Arnold Palmer!”

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Well, the nugget of truth here is

 

All of us can’t be like Arnold Palmer, 

                     but all of us can be like Jesus!

 

 In fact, we have been called to be like Jesus — 

            to love like Jesus — 

                  to make a difference like Jesus — 

                                      to change the world like Jesus. 

 

What is more

            The Bible says we have been 

                                enabled to be like Jesus.

 

Most likely this is what compelled Philip

        and the rest of the disciples

             to drop everything 

                to follow him.

 

 Jesus simply says to Philip,

              “Follow me” 

                 Phillip does,  right on the spot. 

 

There was a great call of adventure 

             A call of meaning in those two simple words of Jesus. 

 

Philip and the disciples couldn’t resist.

 

Jesus’ says later

 “You will do greater works than me 

            because I am going to the Father”.

 

 How is it possible 

that we can do greater works than Jesus? 

Maybe it is that

   when Jesus was on earth in human form 

         his influence was limited. 

 

He could only helpl one person at a time.

 

 But when Jesus went back to the Father, 

his Holy Spirit came to live with each of his followers. 

 

In this way, 

Jesus’ influence is multiplied through us.

 

We can reach the whole world together! 

 

Maybe this is what Jesus means

 by doing greater works than him. 

 We go with Christ

       When we do good

          Like the Loaves and the fishes,

                   Jesus makes it enough for the needs…

 

Jesus really does call us to work with Him.

 

That is why you are part of the church,

        Part of the Mission for good in the world.

  

Christ still seeks out workers,

    Like he did with Phillip in today’s story.

 

Like  a story called the Man with two umbrellas.

      

 

The story tells of, 

a Baptist pastor in who was  was crossing the Atlantic by ship

 some years ago.

 

 He noticed on several occasions a man 

sitting in a deck chair reading a Bible. 

 

One day the minister sat down beside him.

 

 and said, “Forgive my curiosity. 

I’m a Baptist minister.

I notice you are a faithful Bible reader. 

I’d like to meet you.” 

 

After introductions, the man said, 

“I am from the Phillipines. 

I was raised in a church going home.

 I went to the United States as a young man

 to study in one of your fine universities, 

intending to become a lawyer.

 

 On my first day on campus, 

a student dropped by to visit.

 

 He welcomed me

He offered to help in any way he could.

 

 Then he asked me where I went to church. 

I told him I was Catholic.

 

 He explained that the Catholic church was quite a distance away, 

but he sat down 

He drew me a map.

 I thanked him and he left.

 

“On the following Sunday morning

 it was raining. 

I decided to just skip church.

 

 But then there was a knock on my door. 

 

There stood my new friend

He was holding two umbrellas. 

 

He said that he worried

that I might not be able to read his map. 

 

So, he said he would escort me

 to the Catholic church. 

 

I hurriedly dressed, 

thinking all the while what an unusually thoughtful person 

he was. 

 

I wondered what church he belonged to.

 

“As we walked along

 I asked him about his church. 

He said that his church was just around the corner. 

 

So, I suggested that we go to his church this Sunday, 

then to mine the following Sunday. 

 

He agreed. 

 

But somehow I felt so much at home in his church 

that I never got around to finding mine. 

 

After four years I felt that God was leading me 

into the ordained ministry

 rather than into law. 

 

I went to Drew University Seminary.

 

I  was ordained a Methodist minister. 

 

Then I returned to the Philippines 

to serve in a Methodist parish. 

 

My name is Valencius, Bishop Valencius, 

Bishop of the Methodist Church in the Philippines.”

 

The main point of the story is not the Bishop, 

important though he is.

 

The main person is that young man with two umbrellas.

 

 Whether they ended up 

at the Methodist or Catholic churches 

doesn’t really matter. 

 

Go all the way back to the beginning of Christian history.

 

You’ll always find him.

 

He is behind almost every Christian convert…

that unnamed man or woman with two umbrellas…

that person with a winsome faith 

who builds a bridge of friendship with another person.

 

Across that bridge walks the living Christ. 

Christ says I can use a hand

Doing some good. 

We say yes.

Sometimes even

You can be the person with two umbrellas. 

 

You can be like Andrew in today’s Story.

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It is all about goodness in the world.

 

Like 

One day St. Francis of Assisi, invited a young monk

to join him on a trip into town to preach. 

 

The young monk was so honored 

to get such an invitation from St. Francis 

that he quickly accepted. 

 

All day long he and St. Francis 

walked through the streets and byways,

 alleys and suburbs,

They rubbed shoulders with hundreds of people.

 

At the end of the day, 

the two headed back home, 

however, 

not even once had St. Francis addressed a crowd, 

nor had he talked to anyone about the gospel. 

 

The young monk was greatly disappointed, 

he said to St. Francis,

 “I thought we were going into town to preach?”

 

 St. Francis responded,

 “My son, we have preached. 

We were preaching while we were walking. 

We were seen by many 

our behavior was closely watched. 

 

It is of no use to walk anywhere to preach 

unless we preach everywhere 

as we walk!” (X2)

It is all about Love,

Doing good as we walk our path in life.

 

So many already know that,

sermons of Love and generosity are many

Goodness is leaven that changes the world…

It is Christ making it all happen.

 

Hymn: Lord the Light of Your Love Is Shinning

 

Lord, the light of your love is shining

In the midst of the darkness, shining
Jesus, Light of the world, shine upon us
Set us free by the truth you now bring us
Shine on me, shine on me

Shine, Jesus, shine
Fill this land with the Father’s glory
Blaze, Spirit, blaze
Set our hearts on fire
Flow, river, flow
Flood the nations with grace and mercy
Send forth your word
Lord, and let there be light

Lord, I come to your awesome presence
From the shadows into your radiance
By the blood I may enter your brightness
Search me, try me, consume all my darkness
Shine on me, shine on me

Shine, Jesus, shine
Fill this land with the Father’s glory
Blaze, Spirit, blaze
Set our hearts on fire
Flow, river, flow
Flood the nations with grace and mercy
Send forth your word
Lord, and let there be light

As we gaze on your kingly brightness
So our faces display your likeness
Ever changing from glory to glory
Mirrored here may our lives tell your story
Shine on me, shine on me

Shine, Jesus, shine
Fill this land with the Father’s glory
Blaze, Spirit, blaze
Set our hearts on fire
Flow, river, flow
Flood the nations with grace and mercy
Send forth your word
Lord, and let there be light

 

Our Creed: All together.

 

We believe in one God,

the Father, the Almighty,

maker of heaven and earth,

of all that is, seen and unseen.

We believe in one Lord, Jesus Christ,

the only Son of God,

eternally begotten of the Father,

God from God, Light from Light,

true God from true God,

begotten, not made,

of one being with the Father.

Through him all things were made.

For us and for our salvation

he came down from heaven:

by the power of the Holy Spirit

he became incarnate from the Virgin Mary,

and was made man.

For our sake he was crucified

under Pontius Pilate;

he suffered death and was buried.

On the third day he rose again

in accordance with the scriptures;

he ascended into heaven

and is seated at the right hand of the Father.

He will come again in glory

to judge the living and the dead,

and his kingdom will have no end.

We believe in the Holy Spirit,

the Lord, the giver of life,

who proceeds from the Father.

With the Father and the Son

he is worshipped and glorified.

He has spoken through the prophets.

We believe in one holy catholic

and apostolic Church.

We acknowledge one baptism

for the forgiveness of sins.

We look for the resurrection of the dead,

and the life of the world to come.

Amen

 

Prayers:

 

(In peace let us pray to the Lord, saying, “Lord, have mercy.”)

For peace from on high and for our salvation, let us pray to the

Lord.

Lord, have mercy.

 

For the peace of the whole world, for the welfare of the holy

Church of God, and for the unity of all, let us pray to the Lord.

Lord, have mercy.

 

For our bishop Todd and for all the clergy and people, let us pray to

the Lord.

Lord, have mercy.

 

For Elizabeth our Queen, for the leaders of the nations, and for

all in authority, let us pray to the Lord.

Lord, have mercy.

 

For our city or town,  for every city and community,

and for those who live in them in faith, let us pray to the Lord.

Lord, have mercy.

 

For good weather, and for abundant harvests for all to share,

let us pray to the Lord.

Lord, have mercy.

 

For those who travel by land, water, or air, for the sick and the suffering 

Prayers  Dori;  Belinda,;  Kim; Edie K., Ross B., Francis & Bill W.; Jeff G. (Dori & Jack);  Jim P. Jack B.; Jack and Julie.  Jim M; Mary B.;  Keanna,  Ella D.; Evelyn Mc; Marion R.; (Church) Pat P; Grant K; Kathy W. (Jack & Julie); Hope (Marilyn B.) ; Brian; Marcel De C and family; Tara; Jeff B.; Doug T.; Alex,  Gord, (Sandra);  Valerie (Carol F.); Helen, Debrah G.,and Regina G (Pat M.); Lori (Maya) Pat and Tony  (Marilyn B.); Henry (Katherine and Harold K); Melanie; Marlene H. Pam B. (Barb & George); Zaden; Kendra; (Gloria);  Bill, Sheila, Jessica, Sonya, Jamie (Peter);  Peter T.;  Mark Mc; Dan B.; Alanna R. (Garfield & Diane);  Lynda D . (Mary Beth & Paul); Linda; Allan; Aunt Frankie; (Brian G.); Diane (Garfield);  Jean (Bruce J.); Ola and Roman; Mildred Mc. (Jan & Ron); Brian (Jeanne); Diana, Ian, Edna, Matthew & Annika;   David & Lyla & Joanna Mac;   Janice L & Darrin R;  Roland & Pansy V;  Rob P;  Pat B & her family;)Clark & Helene (Suzie D)

 

for prisoners and captives, and for

their safety, health, and salvation, let us pray to the Lord.

Lord, have mercy.

 

For our deliverance from all affliction, strife, and need, especially for the world’s deliverance from Covid, let us

pray to the Lord.

Lord, have mercy.

 

For the absolution and remission of our sins and offences, let

us pray to the Lord.

Lord, have mercy.

 

For all who have died (especially those of our own family and friends ), let us pray to the Lord.

Lord, have mercy.

 

Remembering all the saints, we commit ourselves, one

another, and our whole life to Christ our God.

To you, O Lord.

 

Almighty God, you have given us grace at this time with one

accord to make our common supplications to you, and you

have promised through your well-beloved Son that when two

or three are gathered together you will hear their requests.

Fulfil now our desires and petitions, as may be best for us,

granting us in this world knowledge of your truth, and in the

age to come eternal life; for you, Father, are good and loving,

and we glorify you through your Son Jesus Christ our Lord, in

the Holy Spirit, now and for ever. Amen.

 

Lord Hear our Prayer

 

As our Savior taught us, let us pray,

 

Our Father, who art in heaven,

hallowed be thy name;

thy kingdom come;

thy will be done;

on earth as it is in heaven.

Give us this day our daily bread.

And forgive us our trespasses,

as we forgive those who trespass against us.

And lead us not into temptation;

but deliver us from evil.

For thine is the kingdom,

the power and the glory,

for ever and ever. Amen.

 

 

Closing:

Glory to God,

whose power, working in us,

can do infinitely more

than we can ask or imagine.

Glory to God from generation to generation,

in the Church and in Christ Jesus,

for ever and ever. Amen.

 

Our Parting Blessing Song:

 

May God’s blessing surround you each day

As you trust Him and walk in His way

May His presence within guard and keep you from sin,

Go in peace, go in joy, go in love.

Go in peace, go in joy, go in love.

 

Esther Holowitz

Mrs. Esther Holowitz

(nee Sylvester) passed away on Saturday, December 12, 2020. Born in Fort William, ON on July 3, 1924, she was a lifelong resident attending local schools and retiring from the National Film Board in 1989. Predeceased by her father and mother Beniamino and Giovanna Silvestri, sisters and brothers-in-law Mella and Tony Zanni (Thunder Bay), Ada and Joseph Dlhoucky (Thunder Bay), Joseph and Elsa Sylvester (Sudbury), Bruno and Lena Sylvester (Thunder Bay), sister Mary Sylvester (Toronto and Thunder Bay), brother John Sylvester (Ottawa), sister-in-law Gina Sylvester (Toronto). She is survived by Fred, her husband of 67 years, son Stephen (Teresa), London, ON, daughter Cathy (Doug) Thornbury, ON, grandchildren Adam (London, ON), Elena (New Westminster, BC), brother Leonard Sylvester (Toronto), sister-in-law Evelyn Sylvester, (Ottawa), special walking partner and niece Jean Makiw, and numerous nieces and nephews in Ottawa, Toronto and Thunder Bay. A member of the St. Agnes’ CWL and a charter member of TOPS ON 502. A private graveside service will be held at a later date at St. Patrick’s Cemetery. If friends desire donations in memoriam may be made to the Heart and Stroke Foundation or Toys for Tots, Thunder Bay.

The family would like to thank the staff of Birch Wing-Hogarth Riverview Manor for their compassionate care of Esther, particularly in her final days.

Online condolences may
be made through
www.nwfainc.com

 

To Plant Memorial Trees in memory, please visit our Sympathy Store.

Published in The Thunder Bay Chronicle Journal on Dec. 16, 2020.

Sonia O’Donnell

With loving family and supportive friends holding hands together, and in the comfort of her own home, Sonia Florence O’Donnell ( nee Abuchan ) slipped away from this beautiful earth and quietly entered into God’s care on Monday November 16th, 2020.

As per Sonia’s wishes cremation will be taking place.

Sonia was predeceased by her first husband, Sigmund Pfaffinger of Kitchener, ON. And, also by her second husband, Hugh Joseph O’Donnell of London, ON. Her beloved younger sister, Sandy Thompson, passed away in 2013 and was profoundly missed. Sandy was survived by her wonderful husband H. Alan Thompson of Vancouver, B. C. Al remains an excellent uncle and mentor to both of Sonia’s sons.

Sonia was an understanding, loving and caring mother to both Nic Pfaffinger of Kitchener and to Eric Pfaffinger and his partner Donna White of Waterloo.

She was the proud and devoted Nanny to her grandson Joe Pfaffinger and his partner Samantha Newman of Kitchener. And, to grandson Tyler Pfaffinger, currently studying at Fanshawe College in London, and to grandson Benjamin Pfaffinger, currently studying at York University in Toronto.

Sonia was a Christian, a Registered Nurse, a friendly, reliable and engaged neighbour, a committed volunteer, a Master Gardener, an opera lover, an animal lover, a prolific reader and was well known as a generous friend to many. She was reluctant to liken her
obituary to her resume, and so her various milestones and many accomplishments will not be mentioned here. Perhaps those stories and memories can be best shared at a small memorial service to be held at ” The Church of the Epiphany “, 11 Briscoe Street in London on Thursday Dec 10th, 2020 at 12 noon.
The Reverend Teresa Corrigan will conduct the service and if you wish to attend or to say a few words at that time, please contact her at 519-671-0577 or teresacorrigan1@gmail.com.

As Sonia has planned, there will be a reception after church at “The Idlewyld Inn” at 36 Grand Ave., in London. Maps and directions are available for those who require them. And all Health Unit Covid-19 guidelines will be in effect.

When you speak of Sonia, speak not with tears, for thoughts of her should not be sad. Let memories of the times you shared give you comfort, for Sonia’s life was richer because of YOU whom she loved so deeply and so dearly.

Remembrance Day 2020

The 103rd version of the service of Remembrance at the cenotaph was a little different this year. We were restricted to a maximum of 25 people all properly distanced. We wound up with precisely 25. To start the ceremony we were treated by a flyby by a C130 Hercules (the aircraft Ron flew in the RCAF). Rev. Teresa read In Flanders Fields. Ron did the Act of Remembrance. Dan lowered the flag during the Last Post. Altogether the service lasted about 15 minutes. Here are some pictures of the event.

 

Before the Service, Ron and Jan visited the Orange Owls for a brief ceremony. The London Free Press was present and took the following picture. The Orange Owls have been visiting our Cenotaph for approximately 15 years on each November 11. In the past several years Ron and Jan have hosted the little ones and their teachers for a brief child friendly ceremony at the Cenotaph. This year due to the pandemic the Orange Owls were not able to leave their school.

Spaghetti Supper

Here are some photos from our recent virtual spaghetti supper

 

 

Lady Jan and Tramp

 

 

 

 

 

Mary Liz and Laura

 

Folks: Hi, here’s John Gardi spaghetti dinner.

I was the chef/photographer.

Regards to all,

John & Maya

 

 

All Saints – Safe Home

All Saints

At the firehall three bells indicates all safe home. At Epiphany on all saints day we ring our bell as each name on our All Saints list is read. When everyone’s name has been read we ring the bell three times to indicate all safe home.

Here is our All Saints List

Rae Whittington

Stan Whittington

Catherine Whittington

Billy Whittington

Barb and Ross Turner

Bill and Mary Whale

Les and Ethel Whittington

Robert and Marjorie Williams

Robert Williams

Lindsay Williams

James and Susan Whittington

Burt and Goldie Black

Russ Bell

Jack Davies

Ken O’Liari

Eleanor O’Liari

Keith Lindsay

Gerald, Doug, Robert

Randy and Ricky Gillan

Leo and Catherine Corrigan Patrick Corrigan

Diane Buie

Ben and Gert Smallman

Stew and Molly Tack

Helen Jamieson

Don McColl

Cameron and Jean Stewart

Douglas Stewart

Marion Lyons

Melba and Tony Zanni

Glenn Whittington

Betty Whittington

Susan Christensen

Janet Whalls

Fred and Janet Haskell

Laura Freeman

Mary, John and David Sylvester

George and Delores Walker

Bob Bonnell

Ernie, Thelma, Bill and Helen Brereton

Theo Joyes

Annie and Howard Aldington

Vic Thompson

Kathy Roedding

Tracy Aldington

Keith and Doreen Winterton

Bert and Mabel Winterton

John and Alta Wilson

Florence and Bill Brock

Ellen Brereton

Joe Bowman

Cliff Varey

Ted Varey

Peter Scott

Jean-Pierre Tremblay

Daniel and Helen Bonner

Florence and Willis Ball

Ev Sweet

Robert “Bob” Cyril England

Phyllis Mennell

Joyce Gillan

Donald Hawkins

June Ball

Dianne Walker Barfett

Lisa Aldington

Raymona Joyes

Fred Bowman

Norman Watterton

Monneen Elliott

Jim Maguire

Norma June Barr

Sonia O’Donnell

Esther Holowitz

Norma Barr

BARR, Norma June
(nee Walker)

In her 95th year with her family by her side, Norma passed away peacefully at St. Joseph’s Hospice in London, Ontario on July 23rd, 2020.

Predeceased by her husband James Barr (1988), daughter Susan Thomson (2016) and siblings Bill Walker (1990), Phyllis Mennell (2018), George Walker (2005) and David Walker (1991). Norma is survived by children Carolyn (Brian) Bouchard, Peter Barr, Julie (Steve) Clarke and grandchildren Andrew and Ian Thomson, Christopher Bouchard, Lindsay Meroniuk and Stephanie Bouchard, Kyle, Craig and Lesley Barr and Timothy and Jillian Clarke. Norma is also survived by sisters Sheila Stafford, Helen Johnson, Gerry Davis and Carole Hawkins.

Cremation has taken place. A memorial service to celebrate Norma’s life will be held at a later date, after the COVID-19 pandemic. Sympathy donations may be made to St. Joseph’s Hospice, 485 Windermere Road, P.O. Box 1449 Station B, London, Ontario N6A 5M2, the Humane Society London & Middlesex, 624 Clarke Road, London, ON N5V 3K5 or to Church of the Epiphany, 11 Briscoe Street West, London, ON N6J 1L9. Arrangements entrusted with A. MILLARD GEORGE FUNERAL HOME, 519-433-5184. Online condolences, memories and photographs shared at www.amgfh.com

Published on July 28, 2020

Canada Day at Epiphany

Hello Everyone

I know we can’t be together at Epiphany on Canada day, but I want to share our Music Director Anusha’s version of O’Canada with you.

She very generously shared it with Rev Teresa. So here it is for all to here. Let’s all pretend we’re together and loud as possible sing along with Anusha’s playing.

Anusha O’Canada

James Arthur Maguire (Jim)

 

June 24, 1929 – May 27, 2020

An engaging storyteller, accomplished gardener and precision woodworker, Jim Maguire passed away at the Dearness Home on May 27. He was in his 91st year.

Jim was born and grew up in Belfast, Northern Ireland, where he remembered spending Saturdays walking to town with his father and visiting the pet store to “talk to the parrots.” He would play cricket in the street with friends, and when he got older, he would wander up to the mountains nearby and pick bluebells. “My mother would say she never could find me,” he once recalled. His was a youth also defined by the war years. On Easter weekend in 1941, for instance, not yet 12, he rode a tram through Belfast during an air-raid, “with all these bombs falling and guns firing and searchlights and dogfights in the sky.”

In his teens, he apprenticed as a wood patternmaker at the Sirocco Works, where his father worked. After a four-year courtship that began on a dance floor in the seaside town of Bangor, he married Pat Moore in 1950. In fact, they might not have met had Pat not approached him during the “lady’s choice” part of the night. He later remembered: “I saw a group of young ladies heading in my direction, when someone touched my arm and said, ‘Would you like to dance?’ I think Pat saved me from the stampede!”

The couple and their growing family later moved to Bangor. In time, Jim established his own renovation and homebuilding business. In 1965, with four children, Jim and Pat emigrated to Canada, where they made their home in London, Ontario. Jim worked at Gudgeon Brothers until retirement. He volunteered at Parkwood Hospital and with the breakfast program at Kensal Park Public School. Retirement also allowed him to resume lawn bowling, and he joined a local league just as he had done back in Bangor decades earlier. For many years, Jim was an active member of St. Michaels and All Angels Anglican Church.

Predeceased by daughter Joanne, Jim leaves wife Pat; children Jim, Patricia and Shane; son-in-law Bob; daughter-in-law Diane; grandchildren Melissa (Sean), Michael, Melanie, Jesse (Taryn), Maggie, Daniel (Melina), Craille (Alexandros), Ryan (Asher) and Colin; and great-grandchildren Sydney, Andre, Jermaine, Fiona and Eila. He is survived also by brother David (Vicky) and by nephews and extended family in Ireland and England. Jim was predeceased by sisters Gertie and Margaret, brother Albert, and parents John and Mary.

Jim’s family thanks Dearness Home staff, especially in the Oakdale wing, for their care and for the many kindnesses shown to Jim and Pat over Jim’s stay there.

Cremation has taken place, and plans for other remembrances are pending. Those wanting to pay tribute to Jim may make a donation to the Alzheimer Society in his memory.

Published on June 1, 2020

 

 

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