Robert Bobby Jones – Requiescat in pace

ROBERT (BOBBY) EDWARD JONES March 2, 1931 – March 12, 2015

Robert Bobby JonesIt is with great sadness the family of Robert (Bobby) Edward Jones announces his death on Thursday, March 12, 2015. He will be missed by his beloved wife of 43 years, Arlene Draffin Jones, son Richard Jones, daughter-in-law, Maryanne (Bowcott), brother Barry (Edmonton), grandchildren Kendra (John Sparrow), Rebekah, Jennifer (Tom Boomer) and Kevin, and great-grandchildren: Sarah Sparrow, Thomas and Griffin Boomer. He will be remembered with fondness by sister-in-law Diane and her husband Robert Leinweber, and the rest of Arlene’s family. Bobby was predeceased by his father Howard Jones and mother Mary (Ozubka), his first wife Elizabeth (Betty) Timmer, son Larry, infant daughter Jacqueline, sister Carol Savage, brother-in-law Jack Savage, and nephew Michael Savage.

For over 50 years Bobby was active in the sport of Amateur Olympic and Professional Wrestling as a competitor, coach, manager, administrator, and official. He always gave credit to the Central YMCA where he started as an amateur at age 17 for his career as a wrestler. In 1952 he acquired Professional status and wrestled in the USA and Canada with the AWA. Bobby was also a baseball pitcher playing in the industrial league. But his love of amateur sport remained. He introduced and conducted kids and youth wrestling in community centres, clubs, schools and First Nation communities throughout Winnipeg and the province. In 1967 Bobby was the Manager for the Manitoba Wrestling Team at the First Canada Winter Games in Quebec City and Coach of the Manitoba Wrestling Team at the First Canadian Junior Olympic Wrestling Championships in Edmonton in 1974. He served as an official at the 1979 Canada Winter Games in Brandon and the 1990 Western Canada Summer Games. He was the founder and editor of the publication “Manitoba Let’s Wrestle”, produced and hosted a weekly television program: “Let’s Wrestle Manitoba”.

Bobby graduated in Recreation Studies from the University of Western Ontario, and in Business Administration from Red River College. He worked as Recreation Director and Counselor at Knowles School for Boys (now Knowles Centre) and in 1962 began his career as Recreation Supervisor and Superintendent with City of Winnipeg Parks and Recreation Department. As a dedicated community member over the years, Bobby served on the Board of Directors for the Native Effort for Talent program, President of Acqua Percept Inc. (a national adaptive swim/gym program to develop motor skills); President of Manitoba Parks and Recreation Association; Manitoba Society of Seniors Board of Directors and Chair of the MSOS 55 Plus Games; and Board of Directors, Age and Opportunity and the Canada Seniors Games Association and a member of the 1991 Grey Cup Parade Committee. He was the Host and co-producer of “Seniors On The Move” Shaw Cablevision program for eight years. In the past few years Bobby’s interest found him on the Board of the Seven Oaks Historical Society and the Luxton Residents Association. Both he and Arlene belong to the Compassionate Friends and are members of Westminster United Church. After retirement from the City of Winnipeg Bobby and Arlene operated a Bed and Breakfast in their home “Bannerman East” for 15 years where people from all over the world enjoyed Bobby’s homemade bread and hospitality. A keen fitness buff he was a regular at Sargent Park Recreation Centre (Cindy Klassen Centre). Movies (10 locally filmed), musical theatre (played in “Oliver” with North Kildonan Players) and modeling were adventures for him. While Bobby was a fun kind of guy he was actually very spiritual and sensitive to others needs. He loved classical music, jazz, enjoyed art and wrote poetry.

Bobby supported Arlene in her work, projects and volunteer activities. He was proud of her involvement with the Council of Women of Winnipeg, and the Provincial Council of Women of Manitoba. Together they travelled extensively across Canada and the USA, Australia, China, Turkey, England, Scotland, France, Spain, Germany, Hawaii, Mexico and Cuba. A special thank you to our family, friends and neighbours especially Leanne Landriault (for the many suppers) and Curtis Palidwor, Joann MacMorran, Eva Marie Lessing, Mary Gigliotti, the wonderful home care workers who helped make Bobby’s last few months more comfortable, the staff on E6 at St. Boniface Hospital for their care and patience (especially when he wanted to use the phone), the Paramedics, the Khartum Shrine Pipes and Drum Corps and the St. John’s Cathedral. Arlene and the family very much appreciate Pastor Dr. George Takashima for coming from Lethbridge to lead the celebration of Bob’s life. A celebration of Bobby’s life will be held at the St. John’s Cathedral, 135 Anderson Ave. on Saturday, March 21, 2015 at 11:00 a.m. In lieu of flowers, please consider donations to The Compassionate Friends TCF/Winnipeg Inc., 685 William Ave., Winnipeg, MB R3E 0Z2, The Merchant’s Corner Project c/o North End Community Renewal Corporation (NECRC), 509 Selkirk Ave., Winnipeg, MB R2W 2M6, or a charity of your choice. Bob’s granddaughter Kendra said: “Bob had a long and fulfilling life, but it is nonetheless very difficult for everyone to cope in a world without his smile.” NEIL BARDAL FUNERAL CENTRE 204-949-2200

As published in the Winnipeg Free Press on March 18, 2015

Worship for Holy Week and Easter


The Triduum (Three Days)


Maundy Thursday, April 2, 8:00 p.m.
Exodus 12:1-14, Psalm 116:1-2, 12-19,
I Corinthians 11:23-26, John 13:1-17, 31b-35
The Rev. Brian Ford, Honorary Assistant, Preaching
The Very Rev. Paul N. Johnson, Dean, Presiding
Stripping of the Altar
Footwashing, Ethiopian
Good Friday, April 3, 10:30 a.m.
Isaiah 52:13–53:12, Psalm 22,
Hebrews 4:14-16; 5:7-9, John 18:1–19:42
The Very Rev. Paul N. Johnson, Dean, Presiding
Tenebrae – Into the Darkness of Death
Reading of the Passion According to St. John
Adoration of the Crucified
Holy Saturday – Easter Vigil, April 4, 8:00 p.m.
Genesis 1:1-2:4A, Exodus 14:10-31; 15:20-21, Isaiah 55:1-11, Daniel 3:1-29, Psalm 114,
Romans 6:3-11, Mark 16:1-8
The Very Rev. Paul N. Johnson, Dean, Presiding
The Service of Light
The Liturgy of the Word
The Sacrament of Holy Baptism
The Sacrament of the Holy Eucharist
Easter Sunday:  The Feast of the Resurrection of our Lord
Isaiah 25:6-9, Psalm 118:1-2;14-24, Acts 10:34–43, John 20:1-18
The Very Rev. Paul N. Johnson, Dean, Presiding
The Right Rev. Donald D. Phillips, Preaching

Resurrection of Christ, Edward Knippers

Alleluia!  Christ is risen!


Thelma Wynne Project

Thelma-WynneDuring the month of March we will be collecting baby items (articles of clothing, blankets, toiletries and small toys) for the Thelma Wynne Project which operates out of St. Matthews Church. Volunteers create layettes from all the donated items the project receives and distributes these to needy moms. A basket will be set up in the Nave for the next three weeks. New and/or gently used articles (clean and stain free please) are welcomed and can be placed in the baby basket at the back of the church. Each layette also includes a selection of small toiletries for Mom (tooth paste and brush, soap, shampoo etc.) as well as some toddler clothing for later. Your contributions will be greatly appreciated. Many thanks from the Friendship Circle.

Annual General Meeting, Sunday, 1 p.m.

“Like living stones, let yourselves be built into a spiritual house, to be a holy priesthood, to offer spiritual sacrifices acceptable to God through Jesus Christ.”  I Peter 2:5

Western Wall

Come to worship tomorrow, stay for lunch, and be part of our AGM, if you can sign the book as a member, of course.

After worship, around noon, we will share lunch together in the John West Hall, and then, satisfied and giving thanks for God’s goodness, God’s faithfulness in Jesus Christ, we will move into our Annual General Meeting. Yes, it’s a business meeting, but it’s much more than that as we gather to consider the shape of our participation in Kingdom Business.

Hope to see you here. God bless.

Worship for Ash Wednesday, tonight, 7 p.m.

Ash Wednesday-Latin
Blow the trumpet in Zion; sound the alarm on my holy mountain!
Let all the inhabitants of the land tremble,
for the day of the LORD is coming, it is near — 2a day of darkness and gloom, a day of clouds and thick darkness!  (Joel 2:1-2)

Ash Wednesday worship at the Cathedral will be held this evening at 7 p.m.  Our worship will include the Imposition of Ashes and the Holy Eucharist.  All welcome.

Memento, homo, quia pulvis es,Ash Wednesday-cross
et in pulverim reverteris.
Remember, human, that you are dust,
and to dust you will return.


Return to the LORD, your God,
for he is gracious and merciful,
slow to anger, and abounding in steadfast love,
and relents from punishing.  (Joel 2:13)

Hiltz: Right-to-die ruling needs church’s serious attention

Archbishop Fred Hiltz, Primate, The Anglican Church of Canada. Mississauga, ON, Canada.

The church remains “deeply committed to the ministry of accompanying people in their lifelong journey,” says the primate, Archbishop Fred Hiltz in a statement on the Supreme Court ruling on doctor-assisted dying.   File photo: General Synod Communications

Archbishop Fred Hiltz, primate of the Anglican Church of Canada, issued a statement Tuesday night on the Supreme Court’s ruling on physician-assisted dying in which he called on Anglicans to “exhibit an unwavering resolve to include those most affected by our deliberations” in conversations around end-of-life issues.

While acknowledging the diverse opinions Anglicans hold on these matters, Hiltz emphasized that the church must listen to those “suffering through intolerable physical pain, emotional anguish and spiritual turmoil” as it engages in conversations about physician-assisted dying.

“We recognize the need to walk in a particular way with those who are suffering debilitating illnesses. We recognize the need to offer people a listening ear and a pastoral heart as in the face of death they ponder the meaning and value of their lives,” he said, adding that the church also recognizes “the importance of a person’s right to dignity in life and death.”

Hiltz noted that both those who see this as “cause for “celebration” and those who see it as “cause for great concern” add important perspectives to the situation. But he said, “whatever one’s perspective, serious attention needs to be given to the court ruling’s intent and application” and conversations must include the church and the Canadian society at large.

Hiltz said Care in Dying, a report produced in 2000 and which the General Synod of the Anglican Church of Canada commended for study throughout the church, remains “a valuable” resource for parishes.

He noted that this document called for a renewal of “the church’s commitment to the provision of the best quality of palliative care in keeping with the dignity and sanctity of human life.” While the Supreme Court ruling has changed the legal situation, Hiltz sees these principles as being in line with those espoused in the Care in Dying report.

That  report also called the church to “sustain the commitment to care even when it is no longer possible to cure,” and suggests that cessation of treatment may be part of that care, but “does not support the idea that care can include an act or omission whose primary intention is to end a person’s life,” arguing that health care delivery should “reflect the desire of Canadians to be a community that sustains the dignity and worth of its members.”

Care in Dying also highlighted concerns over the possible abuse that might come with the legalization of euthanasia, namely that it “could present special risks for those in our society who are already vulnerable.”

The primate also noted that the church has “re-opened the conversation” by appointing a task force on physician-assisted suicide through the Faith, Worship and Ministry committee. The group includes legal and medical experts as well as ethicists and pastors who represent “a declared diversity of opinion over what constitutes appropriate end-of-life care,” and has been asked to “resource and guide us in these discussions.”

The Supreme Court’s unanimous decision last week to strike down the ban on assisted dying came after it was successfully argued that such a ban violated the rights of an individual suffering from a “grievous and irremediable medical condition that causes enduring and intolerable suffering” to “life, liberty, and security of the person,” and was therefore unconstitutional.

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Nel Henteleff, beloved sister, rest in peace

Nel, youngMay she rest in peace and rise in glory.

NEL HENTELEFF April 14, 1927 – February 2, 2015 Death came quietly to Nel during her afternoon nap on Monday, February 2, 2015. Born in Amsterdam April 14, 1927, she came to Winnipeg in 1953 for a one year research lab position at the Medical College. There she met Paul. September 1, 1954 they entered a 60 year loving marriage. Grieving now are Paul; five children, Jacob (Cobber), Marke, Sybil, Harry, Alexandra and their spouses; ten grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren. One daughter, Saskia, died in 1990. Nel was a very active person. She loved raising her children and the many family activities. When the children were older gardening became a passion. She volunteered with a number of community organizations including Winnipeg Horticultural Society (president), Manitoba Regional Lily Society, Manitoba Chamber Orchestra and St. Boniface Hospital Women’s Auxiliary. She was a lifelong learner (university courses) and a voracious reader.

Nel, middle agedShe stimulated her children to follow the example. Nel always pointed us in new and exciting directions; a camping trip across Canada with six children under the age of 12; then four years later “the Trip” – a camping trip for 22 months across Europe and North Africa. At Nel’s urging, Paul changed his career to become medical director of palliative care at St. Boniface Hospital, the highlight of his career. It was Nel’s idea to move to an acreage in 1981, “the Willows”, where they shared their passion for gardening and then again to move to Victoria Crescent (2001) to continue gardening on a smaller scale.

In 2011 Nel recognized the possible challenges in future independence and they moved to Fred Douglas Place (gardening was downsized to indoor bulbs!) The last year of life was challenging due to health problems and Neldrastic loss of mobility. Death came as a shock for us but as a peaceful release for Nel. She was particularly grateful through the years to Drs. Jack Hildes, P. Mehta, C. Bourque and P. Nemeth, physiotherapist Mary Eaton and, more recently, home care helpers Carmen, Muriel and Tess. We bid adieu to a radiant woman: wife, mother, grandmother. She asked bold questions and had demanding standards of behaviour. Her faith moved restlessly between worshipful adoration and theological discontent.

Nel’s funeral service, with Holy Communion at her request, will be held on Saturday, February 14, 2015, at 2:00 p.m. in St. John’s Anglican Cathedral, 135 Anderson Avenue with The Very Rev. Paul N. Johnson, presider. In lieu of flowers, out of compassion for the hungry, and conscious of Nel’s experience of the 1944 – 45 “hunger winter” under the Nazi occupation of Holland, please donate to the Canadian Food Grains Bank or to Winnipeg Harvest.

As published in the Winnipeg Free Press on February 10, 2015

Nel Henteleff, Requiescat in Pace

Come to me, all you that are weary and are carrying heavy burdens, and I will give you rest. (Matthew 11:28)

NelOn Monday afternoon, 2 February 2015, our beloved sister Nel Henteleff died peacefully at home. Please pray for Paul and their children and their whole family in this time of sorrow, even as they and we give thanks for an amazing life well lived, and for the end of Nel’s suffering.

More details will follow, but the funeral date has been set for Saturday, February 14th at 2 p.m., here at St. John’s Anglican Cathedral.  Yes, that’s right, Valentine’s Day, and why not, since she was our sweetheart.

We do not live to ourselves, and we do not die to ourselves.  If we live, we live to the Lord, and if we die, we die to the Lord; so then, whether we live or whether we die, we are the Lord’s. (Romans 14:7-8)

Good news from the Church of England

Thanks be to God!

Libby Lane, first female bishop, C of E

26 January 2015

The Church of England has consecrated its first female bishop during a ceremony at York Minster.

The Reverend Libby Lane, 48, has been ordained as the new Bishop of Stockport in front of more than 1,000 people.

The Church formally adopted legislation last November to allow women bishops, following decades of argument over women’s ordination.

Archbishop of York John Sentamu, who led the service, said he had been “praying and working for this day”.

During the two-hour service Dr Sentamu and other bishops laid their hands on Mrs Lane and prayed. This was followed by lengthy applause.