“Well done, good and faithful servant… enter into the joy of your master.” Matthew 25:21, RSV
He died a week after his last visit to his beloved Cathedral, on the Second Sunday of Christmas, January 3rd, when his wonderful daughter Elaine brought him to worship. With her help, he came forward to receive the Holy Eucharist. Years before, in 1926, his mother had been unable to attend the dedication of this fourth building, the third cathedral, because she had just given birth to our beloved Bob.
He loved this place, the Cathedral Church of St. John the Evangelist, and served this parish in some way most of his life, excepting only the war years when he was away. More importantly for him still, he loved the church, the body of Christ, and, most of all, you could see it in his smile and in his eyes, he loved his Lord, and ours, Jesus Christ, crucified and risen forever.
We will miss you, Bob, very much, but we are glad to entrust you now to the Lord you loved and served your whole life. May you rest in peace and rise in glory.
The Funeral Requiem for Bob will be held here, at St. John’s Cathedral, of course, on Saturday, February 20th, at 11 a.m. with a light lunch to follow.
Rest eternal grant to him, O Lord.
And let light perpetual shine upon him.
So be it.