Called to His kingdom
It is with a deep sense of sadness that we announce the death of Rev. Canon Francis S Bancroft III. Frank as he was loving known to us all, encouraged us celebrate the 140th anniversary of St. Peter’s in summer of 2012. We know he will be here with us in spirit.
The Reverend Canon Francis S Bancroft, III, 77, of Wellfleet, MA died June 2, 2012. Born in Nyack, NY, he was a son of the late Reverend Francis S. Bancroft, Jr. and the late Sylvia (Stainton) Bancroft. He was the husband of the late Janet (Currey) Bancroft. Father Bancroft leaves one son, Wayne Currey and his wife Laura Currey, along with a sister, Ann Bancroft, grandchildren Justin Notaro and Briana Notaro, nieces Diane McHale, Judith Sabati, Alice Fredericksen, nephew Victor Fredericksen, and Laura’s mother Audrey Brown.
Father Bancroft attended Indian Mountain School and South Kent School and was a graduate of Wesleyan University and The General Theological Seminary. He was ordained a priest in the Episcopal Church in December 1959. He served as curate at St. Peter’s Episcopal Church, Mountain Lakes, NJ 1959-1960. He served as vicar and then as rector from 1960 to 2000 of St. James Episcopal, Ridgefield, NJ. During his years in the Diocese of Newark he served in diocesan organizations including the Diocesan Nominating Committee, the Diocesan Ecclesiastical Court, the Diocesan Urban Alliance as well as on the Board of Good Shepherd House, Hacketts-town, NJ. He was a member of the Cathedral Chapter in Newark. In 1981 he received the Diocese of Newark’s Canterbury Award for outstanding service and in 1993 he received the International Lions Club Melvin Jones Award.
Always active in the community, he served on and chaired the Chaplaincy Committee on Englewood Hospital and was Chaplain to the Ridgefield Police and Fire Departments, the Ambulance Corps, the Lions Club and various youth organizations. He was president of the Ridgefield Clergy Association.
Since his retirement he has been an active member of the Church of the Holy Spirit, Orleans, MA. as well as the Chapel of St. James the Fisherman, Wellfleet, MA. He has also participated in several groups sponsored by the Wellfleet Congregational Church. He has been a member of the Lions Club on the Cape since his retirement as well as the Wellfleet Historical Society and the Chequessett Yacht and Country Club.
Services will be held at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, Engelwood, NJ, as well as the Church of the Holy Spirit, Orleans, MA. Interment of ashes will be at St. James the Fisherman, Wellfeet, as well as at the Church of St. Peter on the Rock, Cap a L’Aigle, Quebec, Canada. Dates and times of services are pending.
A Celebration of the Life of Stuart Martin
by Anne Douglas
On Friday, May 18, 2012, family, friends and clerical colleagues gathered in St. George’s Church, Georgeville, Quebec, to celebrate the life of the Venerable Stuart Martin. Mary stood at the door and greeted each one of us as we came in. The graceful clapboard church, built in 1866, soon filled to capacity. The service was conducted by The Right Reverend Barry Clarke, Bishop of Montreal, assisted by The Venerable Dean Ross, the church’s Rector, and the Reverend Judy Ball, Chaplain of Bishop’s University. Mary sat at the front in the company of her two children, Michael and Janet, and their families, her sister Susan from Victoria, and her brother Alan from Calgary. Stuart’s fellow clergy, many of whom were fully robed, filled three pews.
Alan, as a younger brother-in-law, and the Bishop, as a younger colleague, provided heart-warming reminiscences of Stuart. The Georgeville Occasional Choir sang the anthem, “O Heavenly Father”, composed by Kenneth Meek for Mary and Stuart’s wedding in 1958. The choir also led us in singing “Praise My Soul” and “Now Thank We All Our God”. Sunlight filtered into the church through the stained glass windows and open doors, together with the scent of spring blossoms. One had the sense of life eternal.
After the service we gathered in the Georgeville community hall. Friends and neighbours provided delicious refreshments for the large gathering. Although the sandwiches were very tasty, they weren’t quite as delectable as those that Mary always offered us at the Martin’s annual tea-party in Cap-a-l’Aigle.
In Memoriam: Stuart Morison Martin
May-08-12// by: Marcel de Hêtre
The Office of the Bishop of Montreal regrets to inform you of the death of The Venerable Stuart Martin, retired priest of the Diocese. Archdeacon Martin passed away on Saturday, May 5th after a long illness. He is survived by his wife, Mary.
After his ordination to the priesthood in 1956, Archdeacon Martin served as rector/incumbent of many parishes in the diocese, such as St Augustine, St Cuthbert, and St Matthew. He was named Regional Dean of Western Montreal in 1975 and Archdeacon of Montreal in 1984. Archdeacon Martin retired from active ministry in 1991 and moved to Georgeville, QC with Mary where he remained active in service and ministry at St George’s in the Diocese of Quebec and St Paul’s, Mansonville for the Diocese of Montreal.
Stuart spent many many summers at our summer congregations at Cap-à-l’Aigle. The funeral service will be held at St.George’s Anglican Church in Georgeville, QC on Friday May 18th at 2:00 PM with visitation at the church starting around noon. Clergy is invited to robe and the liturgy will be the Burial Office from the Book of Common Prayer.
Rest eternal grant to him, O Lord
And let light perpetual shine upon him.
Since we sent out our last newsletter in the Fall of 2011, we regret that we must recognize several members of our community who have died.
Frank Cabot died at the age of 89 on November 19, 2011 at home in LaMalbaie. Born in New York City, he founded The Garden Conservancy in 1989, founded Heritage Charlevoix, authored The Greater Perfection in 2001, and was considered one of the world’s greatest gardeners, receiving many honors in the world of horticulture over the years and even the Order of Canada for his work in protecting the landscape and heritage of Charlevoix County in Quebec. He is survived by his wife, Anne, of 62 years; his children Colin, Currie and Marianne and their spouses; nine grandchildren and five great-grandchildren.
Rev. Tom Ramsey died in Chambly, Quebec on April 22, 2012 at the age of 90. Tom was our July Chaplain 1983-2009. We send our sincere condolences to his widow Margaret and their children David and Alison. At the time of our 125th anniversary, Tom generously allowed us to print copies of his original watercolour painting of St. Peter’s.
Cairine Heughan’s sister Luella Gorman died in Newmarket, Ontario on April 25. She had been in ill health for a number of years. She spent her childhood summers at Cap à l’Aigle and attended Mackay/Anderson reunions throughout her life. Our thoughts and prayers are with the family.
Jan Mitchell died in Hartford Connecticut in February. She enjoyed many summers at the Mitchell summer home at Port au Persil. Her daughter Lynne lives at Port au Persil.