St. Mark's Anglican Church

Memories: The First Fifty Years
1949-1999


Chapter 3
The Parish in a Parish Church

The building fund was set up at the very start in 1949 to start work towards building a Church. Fund raising events such as a Strawberry Social and pledge schemes were a constant part of the Parish from 1949 to 1952. Because they had no facilities or furniture, the parishioners brought everything to the social events, mainly held at Carleton Heights School, St. Matthew’s Church, or the Arboretum of the Central Experimental Farm. Bert Rump worked at the Farm so he had the inside track in arranging for the use of the Farm. By 1952, the Parish had collected some money and pledges. It was time to think "church."

Robert Shannon left in 1952 and was replaced by the closest priest, Rev. A.E.O. Anderson of St Peter’s on Merivale. AEO, as Arthur Edward Oswald Anderson was known, was given the task by the Bishop to take St. Mark’s into its own building. He had very fixed views on church designs and drove the Parish committees towards the virtually wall-less "A" frame type of construction. The Wardens of the time, Laurie Baker and Bert Rump, had considerable reservations about the design. By 1953, a compromise was reached and active planning could be done towards construction of a church. The basic plan called for a first stage church with a seating capacity of 200 and a parish hall in the basement. The Building Committee consisted of J.H. Morgan, Chair; L.A. Gillespie, Secretary; and E.H. Grand, J.H. Chapman, and E. Godin as members.

There were financial problems as one could expect. It was a heavy undertaking for the Parish and for the growing community of young families. At a Special Vestry in October 1952, AEO reported that the Parish Executive Committee had met with the Diocesan Extension Fund on October 6 and they had obtained a definite promise of a loan of $30,000 to help start the building in the spring of 1953. St. Mark’s Building Fund was then reported at $6,000. AEO also said that he "was in touch with a man who would be interested in lending us another $15,000. We can see our way to go forward in faith." You will realize the humour in AEO’s remarks as the man who would loan the money was R.B. Faith.

Robert B. Faith was a resident of Ottawa who provided the initial funding for the Church. A Special Vestry on June 20, 1954 authorized the Mission to borrow either $15,000 or $20,000 if required. The motion was moved by Jack Reid and seconded by C. Basset, and was carried unanimously. The Executive Committee of the Diocese approved on June 10, 1954 "St. Mark’s Church, Carleton Heights, taking a first mortgage of $20,000 at 6% interest on the new Church." The Faith mortgage was a five year mortgage dated January 1, 1955 and subject to renewal. Payments were $500 plus interest payable on January 1 and July 1.

The second mortgage of $40,000 at ½ of 1% came from the Church Extension Commission. It was a good gesture on the part of the Commission to accept the second mortgage of double the amount of the first mortgage, however they were not exactly lenders without a genuine interest in the new Church. The repayment schedule was installments of $1,000 each, plus interest, payable on January 2nd and July 2nd until 1975 when the remainder became due and payable. The payment start date was January 2, 1957.

The Faith and Diocese mortgages combined with the money raised by the Parish was enough to build the Church, but it was not enough to put in very many furnishings.

There is a story behind the $40,000 from the Church Extension Commission and it involved Robert Shannon who prepared the initial spade work in April 1951 in an article in the Diocesan Times under his by-line. It lays the case for some sort of central diocesan funding agency to help the new urban churches. The first part of the article dealt with other areas in Ottawa south. The last part dealt with St. Mark’s.

"... We now come to discuss the most urgent problem of all, the providing of a church building for the new congregation of St. Mark’s, Carleton Heights. This area, being south of the Experimental Farm is almost two miles from the nearest street car line and hence has become a community in itself.

In 1949 a canvass revealed that there were 44 Anglican families in the area and this number has now grown to more than 100 families and it is expected that another 30 or 40 will be added this year. In October 1949 we began a monthly Communion service in the new school and in August 1950 we began regular Sunday services. In September we started a Sunday School and now have an enrollment of 53 children and six teachers. We also have an active Ladies' Guild, a Men's club and a Junior A.Y.P.A., and all these meetings have to be held in the school or in the homes of parishioners.

The first annual vestry report showed that the total receipts for the year were $2,828.98 and since the expenses were only $367.58, $2,400 was voted into the building fund. The budget for 1951 calls for the raising of $3,000 of which $1,500 is to be raised by duplex envelopes and $1,500 by parochial organizations.

An acre of land has been purchased as a site for a new church and rectory, but to get the money to build is the big problem. To erect a church in this area without financial help from the diocese is impossible. To wait till these people are able to raise sufficient funds by themselves is out of reason altogether under the present circumstances. It is true that in times past other new housing areas had to provide their own churches, but such areas came into being as a normal gradual development and were not the result of a mushroom growth on a mass-production scale to meet an acute housing shortage such as this one. This fact, together with the extreme high cost of these houses and the high-cost of living creates an abnormal situation and one that is without precedent. Therefore it cannot be compared with housing developments of other areas. Most of these people are not living in these expensive homes by any choice of their own. They were compelled to put themselves in financial circumstances beyond their means by the necessity of getting a place in which to live. These people are victims of circumstances beyond their control and cannot be expected to be able to provide a church in their community without help.

In the years following World War I, the great expansion was in the West and North and was mostly rural. To meet this situation the church as a unit rose to the occasion and brought the ministrations of the church to these people. In the years following World War II the re-adjustment and expansion was definitely urban and has therefore created a situation that the diocese as a unit must try and meet by helping to provide churches and parish halls. Since our diocese has no funds for such purposes, it is not unreasonable to ask the 40,000 Anglicans in this diocese to work together as a unit and create a building fund to help solve the problem of building new churches in these new areas. A capital sum of $250,000 would be necessary because the South of Ottawa area alone needs at least $75,000. This would prove a good investment for the diocese, as in a short time these parishes would be self-supporting and thus be able to assist in the general upkeep of the diocese."

That piece by Robert Shannon was good staff work and a good staff paper. Whether it was his idea or not is not as important as having the concept put forward to lay the foundation. That concept of having central funding for at least part of the money would have an important impact on the Diocese and St. Mark’s in particular. It wasn’t all easy and Laurie Baker, the People’s Warden of that time, frequently referred to it years later as "having faith." He also added at times "It was a miracle."

Initial plans for the Church were prepared by Jim Strutt of Gilleland and Strutt in February and March 1954. The Parish was invited to the Community Centre for March 1, 1954 to view a scale model of the Church. After that, plans were prepared in May 1954. The design theme was to provide for the most church for the least amount of money. An "A" frame construction was chosen with large pre-fabricated beams of B.C. fir with walls and roof of cedar. The front was almost a glass wall that fitted up into the high pointed roof. Even though the windows in the glass wall were classified as "insulated," heat passed through them easily to the outside. The sanctuary end wall was 2 x 4 construction with 1" cedar on both sides. There was no insulation in the wall, which is still true in 1999. The only insulation in the ceiling was provided by the 4" thick cedar roof boards and the layer of cedar shingles on top. However, fuel oil and heating was inexpensive at that time. The building was designed so that it could be extended toward Fisher Avenue. The church was not considered completed as first planned and built, but just a first stage.

Provision was made for a basement and for a kitchen in a corner of the basement, however it was left for the parishioners to complete.

In order to cut costs, they eliminated the drainage tile around the basement wall, a decision that would come back to haunt the decision makers quickly as water in the spring or after a heavy rainfall would seep into the basement. Even a sump pump could not keep up with the heavy downfalls. It is still a pain in 1999.

There were two washrooms installed in the back of the basement near the boiler room for which a sewage charge was levied by the VLA. The charge originally was $3 per toilet, but decreased to $2 when Ottawa took over the water supply. The small charge generated enormous paper work with a letter giving the charge every quarter, a letter paying the bill with a cheque, and another letter giving a receipt.

A St. Mark’s Church Building Fund Canvas was held in May 1954. The canvassers carried around to each parish family the architect’s conception of the final church and a floor plan. A model was made available at a "CHURCH BY CHRISTMAS SUPPER" which was held on May 31, 1954 at 6:00 P.M. The Canvass Committee consisted of the Chairman, F.E. Richens, and members: J.H. Morgan, D.C. West, L.M Baker, G.G.F. May, F.G. Shipman, L.A. Gillespie, J.H. Chapman, L.J.C. Rule, H.M. Genn, J.S. Kirby, O.W. Wier, A. Davis, C. Bassett, E. Forde, A. Fraser, and A.W. MacKinnon.

When the plans were completed and accepted by Parish and Diocese, bids were requested. The winning bid was submitted by F.E. Cummings Construction. The bid has been recorded as $65,000 in many of the Parish documents, which appears like a rounded value. A handwritten annotation on one of the plans lists the winning bid as $64,810, which is close to the amount recorded in the Ottawa newspapers as $64,800. So in the end, the Parish borrowed $60,000. The amount paid for architect and other building fees is not recorded so the funds from the Parish must have been the remaining $4,810 for the Contractor and enough other funds to cover the architect and other fees.

It was time to think of sod turning.

To Commemorate
The Breaking of the Ground
for the
Church of St. Mark's,
Carleton Heights, Ottawa

By the
VENERABLE C.G.HEPBURN,
Archdeacon of Ottawa
Wednesday, June 23rd, 1954 at 7:30pm
The Rev. A.E.O.Anderson, BA, AKC, Rector
The Rev. R.V.A.Rogers, BA, LTh, Assistant
R.T.Rump and L.M.Baker, Church Wardens
John H.Morgan, Cahirman of the Building Committee
Gilleland and Strutt, Architects
F.E.Cummings, Building Contractor
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Drawing on a souvenir postcard
printed for the sod turning in 1954

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Archdeacon Hepburn turning the first sod
with AEO on the right

The sod turning took place on June 23, 1954 by Archdeacon C.G. Hepburn, as shown on the left in the picture. From left to right, the others are Bert Rump (Rector’s Warden), Laurie Baker (People’s Warden), John Morgan (Chair of Building Committee), Allan Rogers, Frank Richens (Chair of the Finance Committee), and A.E.O. Anderson. Hidden from view in this picture were Norm Moody, Chairman of the Church Extension Commission and V.S. McClenaghan, Chancellor of the Diocese.

The shovel in the photo was donated by Bert Rump. It was painted aluminium colour to cover its full history before becoming a ceremonial item.

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Church in 1955

A 1955 photo shows the completed Church. Notice the front of the Church. There is no link. There is a flat roofed porch or portico in front of the Church. Notice as well there is no office or choir room. On the inside of the Church there were no pews. The parishioners sat on stacking chairs.

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Allan Rogers at Christmas Eve service 1954
note: Altar rail

Though there was still much to be done on the building, the floors were still rough concrete, and there was no furniture, the eager congregation celebrated their first service in the Church on Christmas Eve, 1954, with Allan Rogers. The unfinished Sanctuary was decorated with small pine trees shimmering with foil icicles. An Altar was constructed from packing cases and many brought their own chairs. There were 186 at the Christmas Eve service with 124 communicants. The donated reed organ was used, although the organist is not recorded. It is fondly remembered in 1999 as a joyous occasion. AEO took the Christmas Day service the next day at 11:15 A.M. with 103 in attendance and 70 communicants.

After the Christmas Eve and Christmas Day services, the congregation returned to the Carleton Heights School to let the Contractor finish the job.

It was business as usual for the Congregation after they returned to Carleton Heights School. Weekly leaflets continued to be written by AEO , typed by Mrs. Dunbar of St. Peter’s, and run off on a Mimeograph machine at St. Peter’s. The leaflet on the Second Sunday after Epiphany in January 1955 gave notice of the Annual Vestry to be held at the School, confirmation classes, the purchase of a Viewlex film strip projector for the Sunday School, and a note about the musical instrument used at the Christmas Eve and Christmas Day services at the Church. AEO wrote:

"Church Harmonium - You will be interested to know that the Harmonium which served us so well in the Church for our Christmas Services was the gift of Mrs. Dowler's (Audrey Dowler) parents, Mr. and Mrs. F.H. Roy of Buckingham, P.Q. The harmonium belonged to Mrs. Dowler’s grandparents originally it was felt that they would be very happy to have the organ in an Anglican Church."

A "harmonium" is another name for a reed organ. Bud Magee remembers picking it up from the Perth area rather than Buckingham.. The organ was manufactured by Thomas Organ Co. of Woodstock, Ontario.

The Congregation returned to the Church to hold the Vestry Meeting on January 31, 1995. That was the first meeting held in the Church. The first Service was on February 6, 1955. The Altar Guild was formed as soon as the Congregation returned. Elsie Kempsey was the first member as she had been involved since the beginning in 1949. The other five founding members were Alta Montgomery, Peggy Johnson, Marguerite Godin, and Dorothy Brigley. Dorothy notes with pride that all except Marguerite are alive today in 1999 - that says something about Altar Guild duty. Susan Helen daughter of Jack & Pam Zoubie, Karen Joan daughter of Jack & Estelle Reid, and Philip Percy son of Fred & Phyllis Sorfleet were baptised on February 20, 1955. These were the first baptisms in the Church. The leaflet prepared by AEO Anderson for Sexagesima or the Second Sunday before Lent (February 13, 1955) carried the following words, which must have been written with both sadness and relief:

"Dedication of St. Marks - As you know, February 24th, St. Matthias Day, is to be the day of Dedication. That is a day to remember from now on. Many Churches keep their Feast of Dedication (when they know its date) as well as their Patronal Festival (St. Mark's Day, April 25th). We are inviting the Clergy of the Diocese, the Executive Committee of the Diocese and the Extension Committee, all of which have helped us in one way or another to build this Church of which we are justly proud.

When St. Marks is dedicated, the particular work which Bishop Jefferson asked me to do will have been completed and my work here done. I will cease then to be the Incumbent of St. Mark’s and will be able to give my full energy to St. Peter’s which is developing fast. I am not saying goodbye today, I am simply making you aware of the change which will take place after Feb. 24th. Mr Rogers will remain at St. Mark’s as Curate-in-Charge under the Bishop. In this way there will be some continuity with the past, during the early stages of the Parish adapting itself to its Church and hal1."

The Church was dedicated on February 24, 1955 by Bishop Ernie Reed. It was a packed Church with 285 in attendance. Along with Bishop Reed, the Vestry Book records AEO Anderson, Douglas Christie, Stephen Kenward, Eric Osborne, Bruce Black, E.A. Johnston, J.C. Anderson, D.W. Thomson, Ralph Smith, and Allan Rogers. Many distinguished guests, including Mayor Charlotte Whitton, attended. Life was not all money and work. A note in the March 31, 1955 Newsletter by Allan Rogers gives the following information:

"The following day, Monday April 18th, Circle 2 is holding a square dance in the Parish Hall. Tickets are available. The evening costs about $1.25 per couple, which is very reasonable indeed. Added to this is the fact that Mr. Jack Zoubie is to be the Master of Ceremonies. These are two good bids for the occasion’s popularity and success. Incidentally, I understand the Bishop’s position in the matter of dancing in the Parish Hall is that an informal party among ourselves is acceptable. The other extreme, renting the hall for dances, appeals neither to him nor to us."

Well how about that! In cash strapped years later not only would it be rented for dances, but it was rented out as well to pure drinking parties for sports organizations. Incidentally, Jack Zoubie was one of the pioneer square dance teachers in the early 50s in Ottawa. He helped found the movement which is still going today. He was well respected and well loved by the square dancers of the area and his loss was felt by everyone. He called in latter years many happy square dances for the Marksmen. Jack was well ahead of his time in what we would call ecumenism today. He was very sad when the Interdenominational Church failed and was replaced by separate churches.

It wasn’t long before the Harmonium, or reed organ as it was generally known, was fitted with a vacuum cleaner blower to replace the foot pedal and an amplifier to give more sound by John Chapman and a new outer case was built by John Perry and John Morgan. Dr. John Chapman was the father of the Canadian Space program and a very active parishioner. Enjoy the words of John Chapman in the June 20th, 1955 edition of a quarterly bulletin.

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The reed organ in 1999

"The organ for our new Church was not forgotten by the Building Committee when plans were being laid for building, about a year ago. Gradually it became evident that the $1,500.00 to $2,500.00 needed for a suitable electronic organ were not going to be available after the Building itself was provided. Hence several members of the Committee and one parishioner, rather diffidently suggested that an electronic organ might be built, using as a basis a reed organ given to St. Mark’s some years ago. As always, the amount of work needed to effect the conversion was underestimated and the task has taken much longer than anticipated. Such is usually the case with amateur organ builders.

The design of the amplifier, and electronic techniques used, are taken from a commercial organ, which shall be un-named in case of a feeling of jealousy on the part of the manufacturer. A vacuum-cleaner motor (donated) replaces the knee-action air supply. A collection of tubes, transformers, resistors, and condensers from three basements, and a few dollars worth of new components has been combined into an amplifier. After much head scratching, and application of cut-and-try methods, the whole organ has reached the stage of producing electronic music. The final stages of assembly are now in process, tuning is complete, and the cabinet is being refinished to harmonize with the Church interior. In a few weeks we shall be able to judge how successful the attempt to build an electronic organ has been.

This particular type of instrument is relatively easy to play and has a much purer tone than the reed organ from which it is derived. It is, however, not nearly as versatile as the Hammond organ or the epitome of Church organs, a full pipe organ. The three amateur organ builders are wondering now if the task of building a full pipe organ, using a very fine console, which has been given to St. Mark's, is beyond their abilities, and the patience of their wives."

The Editor of the Bulletin added:

"Editor’s Note: Thank you, Mr. Chapman, Mr. Perry, and others who have given of your particular ability in this field. Wives. Love your husbands and admire their endeavours."

The plans for the conversion were taken from articles in Electronics for Communications by Markus & Zeluff (no year shown on the Archives copy) and Radio-Craft for April 1941 by W.K. Allan. Essentially, a bolt was placed with the tip close to each reed so that when the reed vibrated, contact was made with the screw tip, which in turn was used to control the controlling grid of a tube. Each reed was constructed to vibrate at a specific frequency to produce the required note. For the power amplifier stage, John used a 20 watt Heathkit amplifier. He hand wound the coil to control the swell pedal through a 6H6 tube amplifier.

John Perry and John Morgan did an excellent job on the outer case using leftover cedar. It must have looked right at home in the Church.

And one more item from that Bulletin about the Strawberry Festival which had been a fund raising part of St. Mark’s since the beginning. It gives a flavour of the work that was going on to make the Church the centre of the community.

"Again this year, Mr. Doug. Baker is the general Convenor of the Strawberry Festival. It will be held June 25th, from 3:00 to 6:00 p.m. in the Parish Hall and on the Church grounds. Tickets are only 35 cents and children who sell 10 get a free ticket. A mammoth bake sale will be the attraction, and donations are solicited from each household. The members of the Guild are asked for four items for the bake table. They plan on bread, buns, pies, cakes, cookies, salads of all sorts, cold meats, etc. Norma Grand, the food Convener, is willing to have anyone 'phone her (3-2624) for specific information or donations. The girls hope, of course, for a very large bake sale since they are not having candy or bazaar materials (drygoods). A good bake sale sounds like an excellent accompaniment to a strawberry festival.

The Men's Fellowship will try to entertain the children with games of many sorts, pony rides, fish pond, etc. Something new has been added: Mr. Turnbull plans a demonstration and sale of plastics. Mr. Fillman is planning a NEW-TO-YOU table. Good but outgrown summer wear, clean and attractive, are solicited from any source. Other saleable new-to-you items-are going to be on hand too. Just bring any contributions with you, or contact Joe Savill, Art Fillman or George Sparling. We watch this event with interest.

The choir has a scheme of sales too, and perhaps the potential AYPA may have a plan. From some source there are rumours of hot-dogs and freshly popped corn.

Added Attraction - There will be a chocolate bar man just loaded with free chocolate bars, one each for Church School and pre-Church School members of St. Mark's Church. The quantity is limited to one per child as long as the bars last, but we have a fair supply too. Somehow, we just knew the children would love this "bar" story.

Punch Line - Sorry, don't get confused. We are merely drawing to the conclusion of the Strawberry Festival news. Anyway, all of this sounds just like the affair one would not think of missing. Plan now to attend -- to take your part in it. Invite all your friends of Church and State and make this the biggest and best Strawberry Festival ever."

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Font in 1999

The parishioners, interested clergy, and churches in the Diocese wasted no time in helping to furnish the new building. Les McCrum could lay his hands on a big truck. There was no end of volunteers and the general principal was "You call; We haul." Bud Magee recalls many trips in the back of the truck (try that in 1999) with Fred Shipman, Ewart Forde, Jack Reid, Godfrey (Benny) Goodman, and others.

Among the gifts were the Altar rail that came from St Matthias’ Church on Fairmont Ave, before they moved to Parkdale. It was in place for the Christmas Eve service in 1954 and is clearly visible in photographs taken at the service. The rail is still in use in the Church in 1999.

The white marble baptismal font has an interesting history and background. The font is one of many in the Diocese that are still in active use. By the way, it is another of the things brought to the Church in 1955 by the St. Mark’s "You call, We Haul" crew, as it had been in storage at St. Thomas’ Church.

Sheila Vaudrey presented the following on Easter Day, April 2, 1997.

"In the mid 1870s, just after the Confederation of Canada, most of Ontario suffered a brief economic depression until the early 1890s. Immediately after, when things started to boom again, many new churches were built to meet the growing population's demands. This was when Ottawa was a fraction of its current size and still an Archdeaconry within the Diocese of Ontario, rather than a diocese unto itself.

In 1889 a dispute over liturgy in St. George's on Metcalfe Street led to a breakaway of only 30 people forming the new parish of Grace Church, which was built in 1891 at Elgin and Somerset. For a small parish, it soon produced an extremely active children's ministry, known as the Children's Church Missionary Guild, a junior version of the Women's Auxiliary. This guild had been inaugurated in Ottawa in 1889; by 1893 the membership at Grace Church was 40, the largest in Ottawa at that time. Its purpose was to interest children in working for the missionary cause of Jesus Christ, primarily by collections and crafts to raise funds for needy missions. It was led by one superintendent of the Women's Auxiliary and 3 officers elected by the children themselves, and its motto was "Serving the Lord."

In 1912 St. John the Evangelist on Rideau Street at Sussex was completely destroyed by fire. After much debate the parish amalgamated with Grace Church, taking the name St. John the Evangelist. The identity of Grace Church was gone . . . and yet, it has left its legacy behind. For most of its brief history, the Children's Guild at Grace Church had been so successful in missionary fund-raising that, along with St. Alban's, Ottawa, they were able to present the gift of a font to a new parish almost every year. Grace Church gave fonts to St. Mary's, Calabogie, and to St. Alban's, Mattawa, in 1890 alone, one to St. Margaret's, Rutherglen near North Bay in 1892, one to St. John the Baptist, Pierces' Corners near North Gower, in 1893, one to St. Matthias, Ottawa, in 1894 (then on Wellington Street), and one to St. Andrew's, Sharbot Lake, in 1895. These fonts were of native white marble, about three feet high and of simple yet elegant design, each bearing the invocation "Suffer the little children to come unto Me," and the inscription "CCMG, Grace Church, Ottawa" and the presentation date. By Anglican tradition they were octagonal in shape, symbolizing the eighth day of creation - the new creation through the resurrection of Christ; and also by tradition, they were presented at Eastertide. A solid marble font in those days and at those prices cost about $35. In March of 1897, a font was given by Grace Church to the Rev. F. Ritchie, pastor of the Church of the Good Shepherd in Plantagenet near Hawksbury. It had been founded in 1860, built by 1875, and finally consecrated in 1896. The first baptism with this new font was held in June 1897; the last on record in July 1916, at which point the congregation had dwindled to three families: a total of 10 parishioners. The church itself was taken down in 1922, and its vessels and furniture placed in cold storage, divided between the basement of St. Thomas’ Ellwood and St. George's, Hawthorne, both parts of one Parish.

History has a curious way of repeating itself. A second depression in the 1930s, followed by World War II, suspended construction on new churches or much else for that matter. At war's end veterans flooded into Ottawa, and a fresh boom of church-building erupted, especially around the Carleton Heights area. The incumbent of St. Thomas, the Rev. Robert Shannon, offered up any of the artifacts which had been stored and forgotten for thirty years to a new mission that had spun out of St. Peter's, and to which he had been appointed: a new parish that was in the process of building its own church structure at this time. St. George's also provided several pieces, among them a certain brass cross and an ornate set of candlesticks . . . but it was St. Thomas who unveiled the white marble font."

As well as gifts from other Churches, the talented members of St. Mark’s made many items themselves in 1955. These were labours of love and were accepted as such: an altar was made by John Morgan out of leftover cedar; a Clergy pew was made by John Morgan and John Perry; a coat rack was made by John Perry and Bert Rump out of leftover cedar; and a Processional Cross was made by John Perry. John Perry made the aluminum tube lights that hung from the ceiling. Kitchen cupboards were built by Emile Godin and Warren Watkinson in the basement corner kitchen. All in all, a very busy year. But what a glorious time in the life of the Parish!

Under the heading of the "good old days", the eight pages printed both sides of four sheets Parish Newsletter was mailed out on September 9, 1955 to all parishioners for 2 cents. It was also just folded in three and stapled in one corner. That would cost 46 cents in 1999 and would require an envelope, or 92 cents without an envelope.

Allan Rogers returned to the Parish of Bearbrook in October 1955 and was replaced by George Foy who came to the Parish in November 1955 from the Diocese of Moosonee. In addition to St. Mark’s, George was assigned the historic Parish of St. John the Divine in the Merivale-Slack Rd area.

The first wedding in the Church was on June 2, 1956. Joan Kempsey and Don Wilson were the bride and groom. Joan is the daughter of Emil and Elsie Kempsey as well the first president of the Anglican Young Peoples’ Association or AYPA.

A note in the weekly leaflet for January 27, 1957 (Epiphany III) gave more positive news about the health of the Parish:

"St. Mark's Seventh Annua1 Vestry Meeting is now history. The meeting held Friday Evening in the Church Hall, was well attended (55 parishioners signed the register) and will be remembered as the occasion on which St. Mark’s Parish shed the shackles of infancy to become full-grown by the unanimous decision of the vestry to become self-supporting effective January 1st, 1957."

The decision to be self-supporting allowed George Foy, finally, to be inducted as Rector on February 10, 1957.

On March 4, 1957 the 72nd Ottawa Scout Group was granted a charter. George May, the first Cubmaster, recalls trying for the even number of "70", but it was gone. So the 72nd was born. It was boom time for kids and soon the Group was filled to capacity.

In an act of great faith and at the urging of the Bishop, the building of a Rectory at the rear of the Church on Normandy Crescent was begun in 1957. Laurie Baker years later still talked of it as a miracle.

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Front of Rectory in 1961

John Chapman, as People’s Warden, was heavily involved and kept good notes. He polled the Council to see whether a split level or two storey was preferred. There were strong views both ways, but in the end Eleanor Foy carried the day. Because the Rectory would be used for meetings, and because she thought the meetings would go late, she did not want any design that would not give her some privacy once she had retired. So a two storey house was built. That was good thinking. The design has proven very practical. In another bit of good thinking, John Chapman reasoned that the planned garage would be much more useful as a study/meeting room rather than a garage. With the Church and Hall in full use, the only space available was the Rectory. It is still a well used part of the Rectory today.

The Central Mortgage & Housing Corporation (CMHC, a Federal Government Crown Corporation) application was signed by John Chapman, Laurie Baker, and George Foy on April 27, 1957. It was approved by CMHC April 30, 1957. Tenders were called and James Taylor Construction won. Taylor was building the houses in Copeland Park at the time and his pricing was very good. According to Joy Bowerman who lived in one for a few years, Taylor houses are still known today as well constructed houses. The completion date was September 1, 1957. George Foy and his family who had been living on 1418 Laperriere St moved into the Rectory as soon as it was completed. A National Housing Authority (NHA) mortgage of $13,050 at 6% was taken in 1958 with the Toronto-Dominion Bank.

The Photo Directory in 1993 records that on Grey Cup Day in 1957 some men of the Parish went to the Seaway area to pick up 26 pine pews which came from a church in Finch that had been torn down to make room for the Seaway. The Memorial Book records that there were 23 purchased and that they originally came to the Finch church from St. Matthias’ Church on Fairmont Avenue. The tip that these were available came from Ben Bickford. The pews were purchased from Ontario Hydro for a cost to $150 and had been stored in a deserted schoolhouse with broken windows, which of course made a good home for pigeons. When the pews arrived, the ladies had a considerable cleaning task to do. The pews were installed along with 10 oak pews that had been given to St. Mark’s from a closed Church in Alfred. In 1999 there are 24 of these original pine pews left so the value of 26 would seem the right one. Of the 10 oak pews, 5 oak pews are still in use as Choir pews. For the sentimentally inclined, there must have been a joyous reunion of the altar rail and the pine pews, both of which came from St. Matthias on Fairmont Avenue.

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Parking lot built in rear in 1958.
Entrance off Fisher south of Church

In 1958 over 500 loads of fill were donated to the Church from the construction of Baseline Rd. Bert Rump always had his ear to the ground and when he heard about the widening and the fill, he took action. The fill was levelled by volunteers (that’s us) and became the first parking lot extending from the rear of the Church towards the Rectory. Every once in a while a piece of this fills comes to the surface to remind us of Bert Rump and his tremendous work for the Church in the early days. Bert didn’t drive and he smoked cigars. So whenever someone picked him up to take him somewhere, they had to be prepared for heavy cigar smoke which lingered in the car for days.

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Treeless view of St. Mark's from Fisher and Normandy in 1957.
Photo by Edna Harwood.
(her Mom is working in the garden)

The Financial Statement for the year ending December 31, 1958 showed Open as $788.50, Current as $10,016.03, and total income of $17,209.34. Expenses were $16,893.29.

The Church in 1955 and the Rectory in 1957 should have been the end of the building for a while. But as noted earlier, there was tremendous growth going on in the area. The population doubled in a few short years and doubled again, and again. Even the building of St. Richard’s on Merivale Road was not enough to handle new Anglicans in the area. George Foy went to the assessment rolls and added all the listed Anglicans to the Parish List and it grew to over 600. Sunday schools were full to overflowing, but as luck would have it, arrangements were made with St. Rita’s School to hold the Sunday School there. Just as well because there were over 200 children in Sunday School at that time and the Church could only hold about 200.

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Leaflet cover graphic showing Sanctuary
with Casavant pipe box on the left

The modified reed organ could not keep up with the demands of the organists and choir. It was just too limited. Someone heard about a two manual electro-pneumatic organ from Casavant Frères in Ste. Hyacinthe which was used as a demonstrator at Canadian National Exhibition in Toronto. George Foy, the Organist (no agreement on who it was today), John Chapman, and John Kirby drove to the factory to look at the instrument. It was a bargain at $10,000. They arranged for purchase and it was installed in 1962. The console was installed on the north side of the chancel and the pipes on the south side. Electrical wires connected the two so that when a key was pressed, a signal was sent to a solenoid in the pipe box, the pipe was opened, and the note sounded. It worked and was a great step forward over the reed organ. The new organ was dedicated Sunday, September 9, 1962 to the memory of those who gave their lives in two World Wars. The old reed organ finally ended up in parishioner Jenny Morphew’s home, where it still makes music in 1999.

In 1963 St John the Divine was split from St. Mark’s to allow George Foy more time with St. Mark’s. With four services a day, the Basement Hall being used every night of the week by the Scouts, Guides, Cubs, and Brownies, the Church had reached it capacity.

At the end of Chapter 4 a list of the Wardens and Treasurers has been included for the years 1955 to 1965.


Written by Lorne Bowerman with help from
Dorothy Brigley, Bud Magee, Marion Chapman, John Morgan and many others



Chapter 4
The Parish in a Parish Church and New Hall


In 1964 there were four services at St. Mark’s: 8:00 A.M., 9:30 A.M., 11:00 A.M., and 4:00 P.M. The membership was listed as 340 families. The projected parish size by 1986 was 850 families which would indicate a Church to seat 340 would be needed. With four services every Sunday, a full Church at the main 9:30 A.M. service, and an exploding community building around the area, it was not long before active plans were being laid for a Hall to handle the overflow. As well there was serious thinking about splitting the Parish. There was some good analysis work done in preparing for a decision. Two planning graphs in the Parish archives showing the attendance at Services in 1964 and a projection to 1986, and the total population projection for the area, were almost dead on.

George Foy hit the nail on the head in his comments for the May 1965 Crusade for Expansion. He said that the “need for more and better accommodation had passed the stage of being urgent - it is now a vital necessity.” He also added that if anyone thought he was overstating the case, they could come to the hall for a week and observe the “crowded, nay, almost impossible conditions with which both the young and old must contend.” With five nights of scouts, guides, brownies, and cubs in the week, there was no room left for anything else. St. Rita’s was a temporary solution for the Church School, but it would not last.

Regardless of whether to split or not split the Parish, the planning showed that a hall to seat 400 would be needed. The hall would be designed so that services could be held in it until a church extension could be built or a new Parish split from St. Mark’s. That gives the reasoning for the shape of the hall with a chancel like structure at the West end. As a side note, fire regulations must have changed because in 1999 the hall capacity is listed as 218, so it would not have solved the problem.

Plans for a Parish Hall on the south side of the Church, a link between the Church and the hall (integrating the portico), a choir room on the north-west corner of the Church and an office on the south-west corner of the Church were drawn up and approved by two Vestries in 1965. The plans were drawn by Balharrie, Helmer, and Associates of Ottawa dated November 1965. Jim Strutt who designed the Church was associated with Balharrie then. The general theme of the Church was carried into the hall with laminated beams of BC fir and a roof of cedar. The walls were brick. Provision was made for an entrance from the parking lot and another from Fisher Avenue. A new kitchen, a ladies’ parlour, two washrooms, a maintenance room, and a boiler room were incorporated into the plans. Some additions dated August 1966 were made to the plans. The sod turning took place on May 15, 1966 with George Foy doing the honours with our famous shovel from Bert Rump.

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George Foy turning sod for the Hall

A Parish Newsletter from the Wardens in June 1966 gives some of the details of the huge amount of work that was being done and the difficulties of meeting deadlines:

“It is our intention to issue a Newsletter periodically to keep you informed on the progress of your Church Extension.

The majority of you are already aware that a contract was signed with Taplen Construction Limited on May 12, 1966. We turned the First Sod on May 15th. The price submitted by Taplen Construction was $90,221.00, this price remained firm for 60 days, but unfortunately by the time our negotiations with the Bank were completed the 60 day period had expired and the price was increased by $1,106.00 to cover the increase in the cost of certain Building Materials. Even with this increase in price it was still lower than that of the second lowest tender ($93,717.00).”

The hall was blessed on November 6, 1966 by Bishop Reed.

The final cost of the hall and additions to the Church was $95,000. The difference between the Taplen Construction bid and the final cost represented architect fees and changes. Because some money was left from a previously established building fund, only $88,500 (or $87,712 is another value quoted) was borrowed. The problem with the actual amount is that the money was advanced in small amounts as needed, and the paper trail is very confusing. The funds came from the Bank of Montreal on a short term basis as the Diocese planned to take over the mortgage.

A number of things happened which put the Parish into a very tight financial position and these things were something that no one at that time could foresee. The Diocese experienced a decrease in funds and could not loan any money. The Parish was left with a demand loan at the prime rate which rose from 7-1/4% to 11% over a few years. Church attendance decreased dramatically in the late 60s and with it Church income. As well the birth control pill came into widespread use in the mid-sixties so there were no kids for the parents to take to Sunday School. One more factor must not be forgotten in regard to the Parish size. George Foy firmly believed that every Anglican in the Parish area should be on the Parish List, regardless of whether or not they wished to be, and regardless of whether they attended church. The bottom line was that numbers on the Parish List did not equate to bodies in the pews every Sunday.

There was no question that George Foy needed help. A retired clergy C.J. Ryley came to the parish in 1964, however, failing health prevented him from continuing. In January 1965, William Townson came as a Curate. In 1967, Allan Box replaced him after William left for Montreal. In September 1968 the Parish reached the proverbial rock and a hard place position and the Curate position was deleted. It was a heart wrenching time.

In 1967 for the first time since the Parish became self-supporting, apportionment could not be paid in full. Only $4,151 of the $8,300 assessed could be paid. 1968 and 1969 were the worst years with $1,500 of $9,475 and $1,000 of $8,429, respectively, being paid. Starting in 1970 we began to pay more and more until 1975 when the full amount was paid again, and by 1981, all of the amounts not paid from 1967 to 1974 were picked up and paid in full.

Despite two visitations in 1967 and 1969, attendance and finances remained the number one problem at St. Mark’s. Everything was cut that could be cut. The only flexible part of the budget was apportionment and it was used to keep St. Mark’s afloat as noted in the paragraph above.

The 1969 detailed instructions for the Marksmen who hosted the coffee hour on the first and third Sundays are just as relative thirty years later. They made 60 cups of coffee using 1 pound of coffee (making sure they started with cold water). One box of plain tea biscuits, one box of chocolate chip cookies, milk/cream, and sugar were also on the Sunday menu. The only thing that would need changing would be the instructions to “make one cup of tea for Mrs. Foy only, serve in Hall.” That would have sort of cut-off the many tea-only drinkers we have today.

In 1969 the first of St. Mark’s Art Shows was held. It was put on by the Ladies’ Guild and featured local artists. The Guild took a percentage of the sale. It has been a very popular event for both the Guild and the artists. In 1999 there were 41 artists who had their work for sale.

On November 1, 1970 the Church Hall was named Bishop Reed Hall in memory of a good friend of George Foy and the Parish.

In 1970, Open was $1290, Envelope was $34,558, and total revenue was $38,928.

Sunday School attendance fell from a high of 200 in 1968 to 70 in 1971.

George Foy left the Parish in 1971 after having been the Rector for 15 years and 5 months. He went through some glorious highs in the life of the Parish and some dismal lows. David Bolton came to the Parish from Campbell’s Bay.

At that time the Parish owed $7,000 to R.B. Faith, $20,000 to the Church Extension Commission, $85,000 to the Bank of Montreal, and $13,000 on the Rectory to the Toronto-Dominion Bank.

Robert Faith, the holder of the first mortgage on the Church, died on April 19, 1968. Payments were suspended during probate of the will. In 1971, Robert’s widow, Ina Thomasina Faith, requested the amount be paid in full with all the interest owing. At that time the principal was $7,000. The Church Extension Corporation, at St. Mark’s request, offered a loan to St. Mark’s of $5,000 at 3%. Audrey Clark, a parishioner, loaned the remaining $2,000 at 3% as well. It is worth noting that the new $5,000 from the Diocese was secured by a promissory note signed by the Rector, David Bolton, and the two Wardens, Cliff Davis and Al Smith. There was obviously some understanding of our situation with the demand loan at the bank.

In 1970 five new pews were made by a woodworker in Hull, and given as memorials to the Church. The basic design used was the pews from the Seaway. When more pews were donated as memorials, and no one could be found to do the work reasonably, Lorne Bowerman started to make them. In total he made 13 pews and refinished the pew frontals. In 1999 there are 11 pews each in the outside rows, and 9 on the inside giving a total congregational seating of 40 pews, and with a capacity of 5 persons per pew comfortably, the total congregation capacity is 200. There are 8 pews in the choir, each with a capacity of 5 persons so the maximum choir size is 40. If the clergy, server, sidespersons, and organist are added, the maximum Church capacity is 250.

Connie Bowerman became Envelope Secretary in 1973 and still serves in that capacity in 1999.

The 1974 Parish List contained the names of 314 Parishioners.

The March 31, 1974 bulletin gives the order of service of 8:00 AM Holy Communion, 9:15 AM Holy Eucharist, and 11:00 AM Mattins. The Bulletin also announced that “Mens Lib has broken out in full at St. Mark’s. The Marksmen have been asked to set up a table at the Church Bazaar in the fall. So men, what can you make that we can sell? Bread boards, candle holders, keycases, tongs, and any other type of gadgetry. If you knit, sew, or smoch that’s alright too.” “Smoch” must have been have been a typo for “smock”, but if we were talking men’s lib, maybe it really was “smooch.”

St Mark’s celebrated its 25th Silver Anniversary in 1974 with special souvenir silver coffee spoons and a Special Anniversary Agape Service on Friday, October 11, 1974 with the Bishop giving the address. There was a dance band and an open bar in the Hall after the service. That is quite a step from the 1955 admonishment on dancing.

1975 was a turnaround year for the Parish. Starting with a zero bank balance and $3,000 in bills at the start of the year, all budget obligations were met, the church and hall were converted to natural gas, the apportionment was paid in full, and at the end of the year there were no outstanding bills to be paid.

In 1975 as well, Sally Eaton and Norma Mellon started editing and publishing The Lion’s Mark. It was a regular news provider for St. Mark’s for many years.

By the mid 1970s, land costs had risen considerably so the Parish decided to sell some land and pay off most of the Hall Loan. Lot 92 on Fisher Avenue, part of Lot 110 on Normandy next to the Rectory, and part of Lot 232 next to the Church were sold for a total of $78,000. From the proceeds, a parking lot was built and $47,000 was devoted to the repayment of the loans.

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Lot plan of our 5 lots

As well the Diocese in 1976 loaned the Parish enough to pay off the bank loan and consolidated all our debts into one loan of $50,000 at 3% interest, a far cry from the 6% to 12% paid on the demand loan at the Bank. The Parish finances were under control again. The Ladies continued to work away at paying off the remaining part of the Hall Loan as all Parish income was needed to keep the Parish going.

In 1977 David Bolton accepted a call to Grace Church-on-the-Hill in Toronto. His last service with us was December 14, 1977.

David Bolton was replaced by the Rev. David Stalter from St. Margaret's Vanier. David Stalter’s appointment was effective April 1, 1978. He held his first service and was inducted on April 2, 1978.

In 1979 severe organ problems started to develop and coupled with the musical limitations of the instrument prompted the establishment of a new Organ Committee. Approval was given by Vestry to purchase an electronic organ for a total cost of $42,500. As with the previous organ, all the funds were to be raised outside the regular Church budget. The Choir raised the initial $10,000. In 1979 and 1980 the Organ Committee raised another $14,500 and $18,000 was borrowed from a friend of the Parish in 1980 at a rate 13%, an extremely good rate at a time when the demand loan rate was 21%. Because there was no money for building additions, Lorne Bowerman headed the volunteers who made the alterations. The only cost was materials. Attics were constructed on both sides of the halls outside the Sanctuary to provide room for the speakers. Holes running the length of the Sanctuary wall were cut in both sides of the Sanctuary for the speaker enclosure sound outlets, and speaker cloth was mounted on frames with cedar strip decorations. Leftover cedar from the speaker holes and from the kitchen in the basement was used to fill in the hole left when the Casavant box was removed. The organ was dedicated on November 23, 1980.

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Sanctuary showing speaker enclosures halfway up and the length of the wall

St. Mark’s lost one of its most distinguished parishioners and former warden in 1979 with the death of John Herbert Chapman. Under the category of “It’s a small world,” SPAR Aerospace Limited initiated The John H. Chapman Memorial Prize for distinguished scholarship in Engineering and on October 6, 1988, it was won by a member of St. Mark’s, Bob Bowerman of Carleton University, the son of proud parents Connie & Lorne Bowerman.

In 1979 a 30th Anniversary Souvenir Plate was sold to mark the occasion. The 50th Anniversary plates are based on this design.

In 1980 the Rev. Harry Bowkett came to the Parish as the Assistant. His untimely death in September 1981, left a considerable void in the Parish.

In 1980 the open collection was $5,648.97and the envelope was $54,749.80. The total givings including directed income was $123,394.33, of which $35, 572.07 was for the organ.

1980 was the time of the energy crunch and it did not pass St. Mark’s by. A letter from the Treasurer Lorne Bowerman in the Advent 1980 mailing lists some of the things that had been done:

“St. Mark's has been active in the energy saving field, motivated by the twin desires of trying to save national resources and money. We have been fairly successful as we have kept the fuel bill constant for five years, but we still have a long way to go in some areas.

Outside of converting the Church to natural gas, the most costly change has been the installation of the ceiling fans. They were $550 and should pay for themselves over this heating season. With the very high ceiling, it ends up that we heat the peak to about 90̊ F to keep the bottom six feet at 65̊ F.

Another significant change came with the organ installation; the ceilings in both alcove areas were reduced by ten feet, the windows removed and six inches of insulation installed. Storm doors were placed on the alcove area doors to cut down on the heat loss.

When the Church was built, double windows were placed on all areas except the very large windows at the back of the Church. When we were installing the fans, I built wooden frames and stretched plastic over them, and tacked them in place on the inside. That will have to do until we can scrape up enough to install storm windows on the outside, which at the same time should solve the leaking window problem.

The leaking Church basement windows on the hall side have been filled with concrete blocks and the remaining two windows on the North side have had double windows installed.

The Hall exhaust fan which was never used, (and indeed most people never even heard of it), has been sealed up. A tremendous amount of heat was lost up through its 18" by 24" plenum, which opened directly to the outside without any baffle at all.

Finally at the Church, we have reaffirmed the heating policy to lower day and night temperatures. Everyone can help here by making sure that the thermostat is set back if it were turned up, and by shutting the doors between the various areas. A copy of the policy is on the notice board.”

Because of continuing health problems of David Stalter, a number of Priests helped the Parish in 1981 and 1982. Among those were Cyril Earle, Roger Briggs, and Allan Rogers. In May 1982, Bishop Edwin Lackey appointed the Rev Harold Bridges as the Assistant to help the Rector. Hal’s first service was May 2, 1982. Financial assistance was provided by the Bishop as well.

The Rectory mortgage was paid in full in 1981 by a final donation of $1000 from the Ladies' Guild. Continued work by the Organ Committee and the Choir enabled the Organ loan to be retired in 1982.

The Hall loan was retired in 1982, again by the consistent support and dedication of the Ladies’ Guild. St Mark's for the first time since 1953 was debt free.

In 1983 the Parish undertook to assume the entire salary cost of Hal Bridges, a step which represented a considerable jump in the budget as David’s salary had to be paid as well. In October 1983, George Cooper was appointed as Assistant to the Rector to replace Hal Bridges, who had accepted the post of Rector of Kars-Osgoode.

On November 20, 1983 the Church was consecrated by the Rt. Rev. Edwin Lackey, Bishop of Ottawa in a worship celebration that included great clouds of smoke as the mortgage was burnt by Lorne Bowerman, the man who kept saying for ten years the slogan "Debt free by "83."

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Lorne Bowerman burns the mortgage
while Wardens Tex Holt (on left)
and George McGill watch.

Jenny Morphew Photo

David Stalter, who had fought a courageous battle against cancer, died on November 29, 1983. The Requiem Eucharist was held on December 2nd and was attended by well over 500 people. David was the first Rector to die in office at St. Mark’s.

On March 4, 1984 Gordon Worden came to St. Mark’s as the Incumbent. He was inducted on St. Mark’s Day April 25, 1984.

In 1984 the Rectory needed major work including replacement of rotting window sills and furnace replacement. A new gas furnace was installed. The needed $10,000 was borrowed from the Bank at 12%. This loan was paid off in 1986.

In 1984 one of our Parishioners, George Wilcox was named Nepean’s Citizen of the Year. George was the tireless worker who co-founded in 1980 the Meals on Wheels program, a volunteer service that brings food to seniors who can’t prepare their own meals.

In 1985 there were 320 households associated with St. Mark's, 67 students in the Church School and a Parish revenue of $135,000. The Hall roof was replaced with lo-slope shingles in June 1985 for a total cost of $6,350.

In 1985 both Wardens were changed, as had been the case in 1980 and 1983. There had to be a better system for these important posts. Marian Chapman, the then Rector’s Warden, suggested that St. Mark’s institute a four year cycle for wardens. This would have an incoming warden serve for one year as the deputy, two years as the warden, and then one year as the deputy again. The people’s and rector’s warden would be staggered so that only one warden would change each year. Because Marian had suggested it, she made the honourable decision that she would step aside after only one year. We commend the system to any church. The list of Wardens and Treasurers at the back of this section shows the rotation she started. By the way, Marian is the widow of John Chapman, a Warden in 1956, 1957 and 1958. Their son, John, is shown on the List as a Warden in 1988 and 1989. They are the first family to have given this remarkable service to St. Mark’s.

In 1987 The Rev. Greg Bloomquist and his family moved into the Parish. Greg, who came to Ottawa to teach at the University of St. Paul, accepted Gordon Worden's offer to become Honorary Assistant at St. Mark's. He added much to the depth and scope of St. Mark’s services.

In 1987 as well St. Mark’s became computerized with a “dazzling” IBM XT (8088) compatible with 1 meg of RAM, a clock speed of 8MHz, a hard disk of 20 MB, two 5-1/4" floppy drives, a 14" monochrome monitor, and a Toshiba 321 dot matrix printer. The cost was $6,000 for the computer, software, and desk, and was financed by a personal loan. The computer and monitor were replaced in 1997 by a second hand 286 with a SVGA colour monitor and 40 MB hard disk for $100. That is quite a dramatic increase in technology matched only by the dramatic decrease in cost.

The needs of our aging buildings now became apparent, and in 1987 Vestry approved the re-roofing of the Church and the upgrading of the windows for a cost of $52,000. The windows were replaced for improved energy conservation. St. Mark's was informed that our building no longer met safety requirements, and planning began to rectify the problems. There was a three year time limit.

In 1989 the Church furnaces had to be replaced - a bigger job than expected since asbestos had been used as insulation. Len Ward, the Property Chair, did yeoman service in arranging for the complicated installation which changed the Church from hot water to forced hot air heating. As well, rather that one large furnace, three smaller furnaces designed for houses were installed as they were cheaper, easier to maintain, and did not require complicated inspections. One furnace heated the left side of the Church, one the right, and the third did the basement. The total cost was $44,856. Financing would be through an increase of the Bank demand loan for Shingles and Panes by $32,000, at the current loan rate of 15.25%. The Shingles and Pane loan stood at $20,000 at that point. John Chapman suggested that personal loans were one method of reducing the staggering interest load.

The furnace and shingles and panes loans were consolidated in 1989 with no interest personal loans from Parish members. That was a remarkable feat! On January 1, 1990 we owed $29,000 on these loans and during the year reduced them to $24,000.

In an unusual fund raising venture, Judy Darling and Dave Roberts organized the first of the Talent Auctions on April 27, 1990. The most amazing part of the venture was the tremendous talent that came forth to be auctioned off to the highest bidder. It subsequently became a Parish event looked forward to with pleasure.

Did the shingles, panes and the new furnaces work? The Treasurer Dave Stewart in his 1991 report to Vestry stated:

As an aside, it is interesting to note that our 1991 natural gas heating costs for the Church and Hall were 42% lower than 1988 despite the increase in energy costs and the GST. The new furnaces certainly seem to be doing their job efficiently.”

In 1990 Gordon Worden accepted the Bishop's appointment to St. James', Carleton Place.

On September 2, 1990, David Lethbridge was appointed Rector. He was inducted on November 21, 1990.

During 1990, John Kirby, the Chair of the Aesthetics Committee, got a lead on a brass lectern and an altar that was stored in a barn for St. Thomas’, Stittsville. Apparently, they came from one of the Seaway churches and it is remembered as St. David’s Church in Wales, Ontario, which was drowned by the Seaway. Both items were cleaned and refurbished and are in daily use in 1999. By the way, the other two Anglican Churches that were part of the flooding to make way for the Seaway were Christ Church, Moulinette and St. George's, Mille Roche. Gordon Worden’s good memory supplied those details.

During 1991, planning was begun to bring St. Mark's up to provincial safety requirements. The main problems were the fireproofing and ease of exiting from the basement. The wooden stairs and cedar walls of the 50s did not meet the standards of the 1990s. Part of the basement could be blocked off to restrict the number of occupants and that solution was examined. In the end it was decided to retain the capacity of the basement by having the stairs and Choir Room alcove walls, leading from the basement at the west end, covered with fire code thickness gypsum wallboard, and by replacing the stairs that emptied into the back of the Church with a new hallway and stairs leading from the south basement wall, with a door directly to the outside from a vestibule.

There was not much opposition to the fire code changes. It was something that had to be done to bring us up to safety regulations. We just could not envision putting at risk our young children and youths who were the prime users of the lower level.

However, nothing is simple in life. A vocal group had been active for a few years to change the Chancel and move the altar forward and place the choir at the back facing the congregation rather than facing each other part way back to the Chancel in the Anglican tradition. A number of low-cost experiments were tried with the altar, choir stalls, and chairs moved around the area. Each experiment met with cheers from some and absolute horror from others. It was very clear to many that if left on its own, the re-design of the Chancel would not get the necessary approval. The supporters managed to tie the changes to the fire code changes and keep it tied. Another change that could be put in place with the fire code changes would be to take the end of the Link and convert it to a chapel. There was little opposition to this change and it gave a place to put the old cedar altar and its many fine frontals that had been made through the years. On December 31, 1991 the Committee doing the changes contracted with Temprano and Associates to prepare two costed proposals based on the needed fire code changes and Chancel Experiment number 2. The Chancel changes also included a new sacristy created in the south alcove outside the office.

In March 1 1992 Vestry approved plans designed by Temprano and Associates. It was not without its pain. Those opposed put a number of amendments forward to only do the fire code changes, but each motion was defeated. By the time the main motion was voted for most of those opposed had left the meeting and the motion passed 44 to 7. At the start there were 81 at the meeting. For those against, it was a bitter defeat. Some ceased to give money to the Church, but instead directed their givings to mission. It still surfaces in 1999.

Ground was broken by Judy Darling on June 21, 1992 using the famous Bert Rump shovel. Work went quickly and was well done. In November 1992 Archbishop Edwin Lackey rededicated St. Mark the Evangelist, including our new Peace Chapel.

In 1994 our Honorary Assistant the Rev. Dr. Greg Bloomquist announced his decision to work towards building an Anglican Community in Barrhaven, through our sister Church, St John the Divine on Slack Rd. Fortunately, the Rev. Dr. Frank Peake moved into our area and became the new Honorary Assistant. Frank is a historian and retired university professor and brought his many historical insights to the Parish. Frank authored the Centennial History of the Diocese in 1997 in his book.

In 1994 the Financial Stewardship Action Team (FAST) racked their brains to think of ways to raise funds. From their efforts came the Renovation Raffle, FAST Times newsletter, Debt Board, Fifth Sunday Fivers, Electronic Fund Transfer EFT (pre-authorized deposits), Canadian Tire Coupon Box, Talent Auction, and food vouchers. All of their suggestions proved to be winners. There were 30 in the EFT part when the first automated deposits were made in January 1995. The food voucher program, also called Dollar for Dollar, is a method where vouchers are purchased from National Grocers and Loblaws and used as cash in the stores. The Church buys them at a discount. It returns about 3% which in 1998 was about $2,000. Kudos to Glen McGill, Bobbi Cain, David Lethbridge, Mike Perkin, Dave Roberts, and Bob Temple for good work.

In 1996 Lorne Bowerman put St. Mark's on the Internet using Freenet as the Internet Service Provider. St. Mark's was the second Anglican Church in the Diocese to have its own web page. St. Matthias had been put up a few months earlier by a teenage member. The Vestry Report notes that it was through trial and error, and with the help of many, that it happened. There was no on-line help, books had not been written yet, and there were no guidelines available on the server.

David Lethbridge established a Scholar-in Residence position in 1996 with Greg Bloomquist filling the position. The Parish was very pleased to have Greg associated with us again.

In November 1996, David Lethbridge retired. He was replaced by Roger Steinke on January 1, 1997. Roger was inducted as Incumbent on January 26, 1997.

The winter of 1996/97 will be remembered as a time of leaking roofs. Pails-full came in through the Link ceiling and the two sides of the Church. As could be expected it was driving the Property Chair, Dave Whitman, crazy. At the April Parish Council meeting it was decided that something had to be done. The Batten-Sears consulting firm was hired to examine the roofs and make recommendations. Core samples were taken over the Hall, Link, Church sides, office, and choir room. Much to everyone’s surprise, they recommended as first priority that the Hall roof be replaced. Their reasoning was that the fibreboard underneath was saturated and it would not be long before it leaked. There was no indication of that inside the Hall and the Hall had been re-shingled in June 1985, just ten years earlier. Except for the Office and main peaked Church roofs, everything else leaked like a sieve.

One complication that was not expected was that low slope shingles were no longer being manufactured and the only effective alternative was the expensive modified bitumen membrane. It would be used on the Hall as well as to replace the tar and gravel roofs on the Link and choir room. Batten-Sears strongly recommended the modified bitumen membrane method as well as installation of insulation on the roofs. They advised that the earliest start date would be the last of September for the roof covering as the contractors were busy on schools during the summer period. The money would be needed by about mid-October.

The Electoral Vestry in June 1997 authorized the hiring of the engineering consulting firm of Batten-Sears to outline specifications for tenders, call tenders, and supervise the work. The Vestry also set up the Funding team chaired by Lorne Bowerman with Bobbi Cain, Cynthia Greer, Georgia Roberts, Bill Slaughter, and Yvonne Temple-Vermeulen as members.

The Committee estimated that $75,000 was needed for the total job. They looked at borrowing money, but the only asset that could be mortgaged was the Rectory, it was mortgaged already for $110,000. Selling the Rectory would not help as most of the sale price would be needed to pay off the mortgages. As demonstrated with the Hall furnace, a good letter sent out from the Wardens would bring in about $15,000. It was too much for personal loans. It was hard to go into more debt.

Earlier in May, Lorne Bowerman examined the record of the givings (Connie was the Envelope Secretary) and looked at possible ways of raising funds through an every member financial campaign. In the end he suggested that rather than giving everyone the same amount, every parishioner would be given a suggested specific amount of either $100, $500, $1000, or $5000. No one would be given an amount less than $100. Lorne made the initial allocations and it showed that if the suggested amounts were all given, $131,100 would be received. One concern was that it would offend parishioners and they would leave the Parish. Although Lorne made the initial allocations, Connie Bowerman went over them and changed them if she thought they needed changing. The Fund Raising Committee had doubts, but it was worth a try. There were not many options available. Just in case it did not work, the Treasurer was asked to get a Line of Credit for $25,000 from the Bank.

A Special Vestry met on September 7th and approved the complete project and fund raising plan. The Wardens’ letter was sent the next day on September 8th. A letter from Lorne Bowerman with specific amounts was available for pickup on Sunday, September 14th. Those not picked up were delivered or mailed the next day. Visitors were organized and trained to collect the envelopes during the week of September 21st to September 28th. Every parishioner was asked to place his or her donation in an envelope, seal it, and give it to the visitor. The visitors did not have to talk specific amounts as they did not know who had been allocated what amount. Only Connie and Lorne knew the specifics and they would record all the donations and make the deposits using bank names only so that no one could find out who gave what amount.

The money started to be delivered to the Bowerman’s home or the Church as soon as the letters were delivered. Those who gave early all had the same request - no visit please. Lorne commented that a new way to raise funds would be to threaten everyone with a visitation and they would pay up to prevent it. They started making daily Bank deposits. By the time the official visitation was supposed to start, over $41,098 was donated. By the end of September, $78,698 had been raised. It was spectacular! Just to put it into prospective for future generations, the yearly budget was about $140,000, so over one-half of the amount was raised in two weeks. It was an ear-to-ear grinning time for the whole Parish.

Equally satisfying was the choice of Simluc as the Contractor. They did a first rate job on the project. They installed 4" of foam insulation on the Hall roof, held in place by a lattice work of two layers of 2"x4" and covered with pressure treated plywood. The entire roof received three layers of modified bitumen membrane, all glued together with hot asphalt. The Church side roofs, Link, and choir were covered with 2" foam insulation, fibreboard to make a slope, and then covered with three layers of modified bitumen membrane. The only problem area was in front of the windows. There was insufficient depth to allow for any drainage so ponding may occur. If the windows are ever changed, an extra 25 cm or so should be left at the bottom to permit sloping.

Lorne Bowerman repaired the Link and Choir Room ceilings for under $100.

If we had to do it all over again, we would have done the Office roof as well.

Two objected strongly to be given any amount, but contributed. Two asked to be removed from the Parish List. The hardest responses Parishioners had to write were not the cheques, but "I cannot at this time because..." Many times Lorne and Connie heard how they thought long and hard over the amount suggested and in the end concluded that St Mark's was an important part of their life, and they met or exceeded the amount suggested.

There were 275 on the Parish List at the end. Two had requested removal, and three others had moved without notifying the Parish. For the different amounts, the response were:

  • Of the 7 who were given $5000:
    2 gave $5000 and 4 gave less for an average of $2583
  • Of the 58 who were given $1000:
    29 gave $1000, 2 gave more, and 19 gave less for an average of $814
  • Of 47 who were given $500:
    24 gave $500, 7 gave more, and 11 gave less for an average of $485; and
  • Of the 163 who were given $100:
    49 gave $100, 28 gave more, and 17 gave less for an average of $143

Note that a significant number gave more than the requested $100, which would indicate that a target of $150 or $200 might have been more of a stretch. There were 32 who indicated they were unable to give at that time (for very valid reasons as their notes and calls indicated) and 29 of the 275 would not respond with a yes, no, or maybe.

Although the campaign was closed on December 31, some donations still came in. However, the impetus was gone because the goal had long been passed. The total amount raised was $93,508.26. The total re-roofing cost was $72,947.73. The extra $20,560.53 was earmarked for the existing loans and was paid in 1998.

That type of campaign could only be done every twenty or so years, and the reason would have to be one with universal appeal such as the roof, the furnace, or to repair major structural damage.

Did the insulation work? For the first time, snow remained on the Hall roof all the next winter. The September 1997 to August 1998 natural gas usage was down to 12,056 m3 from the usual 17,000 m3 of the period from 1993 to 1997. The year was 14% warmer, but the actual decrease in gas usage was 30%. And by the way, the fibreboard under the centre south roof of the Hall was completely saturated, so the Consultant was dead-on.

In 1997 the first Alpha Course was run at St. Mark’s under the guidance of Judy Darling. There were 35 people and 8 leaders in the first course. Judy Darling, Roger Steinke, Mike Perkin and Gail Stone joined over 600 at a two day conference at the Cathedral to learn about running an Alpha Course. The course has as it motto, Make a Friend, Be a Friend, Bring a Friend to Jesus.

The year 1997 saw the first arrival of a new Parish Newsletter called St. Mark’s Matters. It evolved from the FAST Times. It aims to publish four times each year.

One of St. Mark's talented parishioners, Judy Darling, was elected Lay Secretary of the Synod in 1998. Judy also served as the Chair of the Diocesan Budget Consultation Management Committee, as a member of the Diocesan Executive Committee, the Synod Management Committee, Parish and Diocesan Services Committee, and the General Synod's Information Resources Committee.

As had been the custom for many years (no exact starting year found), Bobbi Cain produced a list of veterans associated with St. Mark’s for Remembrance Sunday in November 1998. The 1998 list is reproduced starting on page 66.

A suitable Biblical verse was chosen by the Anniversary Committee from Leviticus. Chris Dicks set this to music and it was used on many occasions in Anniversary celebrations. The music is included on page 68.

An e-mail from the Diocese of Ottawa February 19, 1999 prompted Lorne Bowerman to mount the first of the three Dot Kirby Memorial Bells in a temporary portable mount and ring it on March 1, 1999 at 1:00 PM. It made a joyful noise. It was the first time that the bell had been rung at St. Mark’s. The e-mail said in part:

On March 1, 1999, the "Ottawa Convention on the Prohibition of the Use, Stockpiling, Production and Transfer of Anti-Personnel Mines and on Their Destruction" becomes international law. We don't want this occasion to pass without people taking notice of what we have accomplished - and what we can accomplish when we join together to create a more just and peaceful world. For this reason, we are joining other organizations around the world and across Canada in making a "joyful noise" on March 1. At 1 pm, the carillon bells on Parliament Hill will be joined by city halls, churches, mosques, taxis, and individuals across the country.”

An advertising supplement to the Ottawa Citizen in March 1999 featured another one of the many contributions of St. Mark’s to the religious life in Eastern Ontario since 1989. Sandy Stinson, one of the organizers from the Parish, phoned the Citizen to check on a possible ad for the Choir Camp, but at $400, it was way beyond the capabilities of the Camp and the Choir. However, the Editor asked Sandy to forward her some information and she decided to feature the Camp. That was a stroke of luck and good management by Sandy. The story gives the details:

A Camp that Sing's
The Choir Camp is a little one-week overnight camp with a loud voice.

The Choir Camp was founded in 1981 by Trinity Anglican Church in Cornwall, to provide boys and girls with an enjoyable experience. The aim was to combine a love of the outdoors with socializing, making new friends, and pulling together as a group to achieve a common musical goal.

Campers take part in a daily round of sports, swimming, arts and crafts, campfires, campfire stories, and, of course, choir practice.

While the camp is now sponsored by St. Mark’s Anglican Church, Ottawa, its tone is non-denominational, and the repertoire focuses on religious music from many different cultures and countries. Campers and volunteer staff are drawn from a variety of churches from Ottawa down to and including Cornwall.

The five-day overnight camp is located at Camp Tsotahoteh, the Boy Scouts' camp on the St. Lawrence River at Cornwall.

Camp starts Wednesday August 18th and the closing service, where the campers perform the songs they've learned, is held in Ottawa on Sunday August 22nd.

Each year the activities centre on a different theme; the theme for this year is BELLS. Previous themes have included tall ships, Celtic traditions, Aztec traditions, and medieval times.

Although the 1999 fee has not yet been set, it usually runs to $125 for the five days and four nights.

The camp welcomes all girls and boys, ages eight to 14, and ability to read music is not necessary. For more information, please contact St. Mark's Church at 224-7431.

On Easter Day 1999, April 4, needlepoint bench covers were blessed in loving memory of Brian Roy Morphew and Ethel & Ernest Rooke. The needlepoint was done by Jackie Sorfleet and her sister Josie McCarthy. These were a matched pair for the ones dedicated on April 26, 1998 in loving memory of James Bowman Dick and Evan Hugh Andrew. Josie counted the stitches in one for interest and the answer was astounding: 116,800 in each of the four bench covers. It is beautiful work that will be admired for years to come. Much earlier, sometime in the 80s, a bench cover was made for the Bishop’s Chair by Jackie in memory of Madge Langley.

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Sanctuary looking east
with interior lights at sunrise, June 22, 1999

In May 1999 Heather Rice resigned as organist to broaden her musical talents. No new organist had been hired at the time of writing. While the search was on, an old friend of the Parish, Don Marjerrison came back to help.

In March and May of 1999, Institutional Promotions of Canada (IPC) came to photograph the Parish as part of the 50th Anniversary events. It was the first time that it had been published in full colour, and in addition, it was the first time that the photographic recording had been twinned with digital technology so the viewing could be done at the same session. In what will be a well-remembered humourous incident, when the proof of the book was received from IPC, low and behold there was the picture of Alan Steinke in the Rector’s spot. It arrived on Alan’s 16th birthday so it was a present that he will remember. He was all for leaving it, but for future generations, the picture of his father was substituted.

A survey was done in April and May 1999 on what to do with the gift of the Dot Kirby bells. The June Vestry received the results and made the decision, based on the results, that a suitable tower would be erected only after the present debt of $70,000 had been retired and when sufficient funds had been raised to cover the full cost of the tower.


Written by Lorne Bowerman with help from
Norma Mellon, Marian Chapman, Joy Bowerman, Gordon Worden, and many others.


Wardens and Treasurers of St.Mark's
Year Rector’s Warden People’s Warden Treasurer
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1997
1998
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Art Fillman
Ewart Forde
Ewart Forde
John Samson
Bert Rump
Bert Rump
Bert Rump
Laurie Baker
Laurie Baker
John Chapman
Henry Brigley
Bob Douglas
Ken Mulligan
Ken Mulligan
John Kirby
Pat O’Connor
Pat O’Connor
Jack Chaddick
Walter Ehrlick
Alex Christian
Jim Armstrong
Cliff Davis
Cliff Davis
Cliff Davis
Jim Heppell
Jim Heppell
Murray Cobb
Murray Cobb
Bruce Lodge
Bruce Lodge
Rob Mellon
Jim Armstrong
Jim Armstrong
Jim Armstrong
Tex Holt
Tex Holt
Marian Chapman
Dave Roberts
Dave Roberts
John Chapman
John Chapman
Judy Darling
Judy Darling
Michael Perkin
Michael Perkin
Betty Gillham
Betty Gillham
Bob Temple
Bob Temple
Georgia Roberts
Georgia Roberts
Jim Wright
Art Fillman
Art Fillman
Art Fillman
Laurie Baker
Laurie Baker
Laurie Baker
John Chapman
John Chapman
Henry Brigley
Don West
Les Rule
Ken Whitham
John Kirby
d’Arcy Frezell
Murray Cobb
Doug Baker
Doug Baker
John Kiel
George McGill
Cliff Evans
Cliff Evans
Al Smith
Lorne Bowerman
Lorne Bowerman
Barry Joslin
Barry Joslin
Rhys Griffiths
Rhys Griffiths
Rob Mellon
Brian Kelly
Scottie North
Scottie North
Scottie North
George McGill
George McGill
Bruce Lodge
Bruce Lodge
Bobbi Cain
Bobbi Cain
Tom Wilkinson
Tom Wilkinson
John Hancock
John Hancock
Joyce Fitzgerald
Joyce Fitzgerald
Dave Whitman
Dave Whitman
Cynthia Greer
Cynthia Greer
Glen McGill
Lloyd White
Fred Sorfleet
Fred Sorfleet
Fred Sorfleet
Arnold MacKinnon
Arnold MacKinnon
Arnold MacKinnon
Don West
Don West
Don West
Ritchie Cobb
Bud Magee
Bill Potter
Bill Potter
Bill Potter
Bill Potter
Bill Potter
Ray Kempster
Ray Kempster
Ray Kempster
Ray Kempster
Ray Kempster
Harry Martin
Harry Martin
Barry Joslin
Lorne Bowerman
Lorne Bowerman
Lorne Bowerman
Lorne Bowerman
Lorne Bowerman
Lorne Bowerman
Lorne Bowerman
Lorne Bowerman
Lorne Bowerman
Betty Gillham
Betty Gillham
Betty Gillham
Betty Gillham
Betty Gillham
Dave Stewart
Dave Stewart
Dave Stewart
Dave Stewart
Bobbi Cain
Bobbi Cain
Bobbi Cain
Bobbi Cain
Bobbi Cain
Bobbi Cain
Joy Bowerman
Joy Bowerman
Chapter 5
The Clergy of St. Mark's

One the of most rewarding discoveries of preparing this Souvenir Book was the tremendous contribution of our clergy to the growth and development of St. Mark’s. Each came with a different set of skills which seemed to be just what St. Mark’s needed at that time. We have been blessed.

In particular, it was a revelation to discover the skills of Robert Shannon in laying the foundation of Diocesan funding, and the driving force of A.E.O. Anderson to build a church. Both had been tasked by their respective Bishops to carry the extra burden of St. Mark’s in trying times. Both had full time Parishes to look after at the time. Both gave generously of their energy to complete their assigned tasks. In the past at St. Mark’s we have not talked enough about, nor given enough credit to, these two strong leaders. This Section is dedicated to both of them.

The Clergy are listed in order of association with St. Mark’s. All the information found or provided about the departed clergy is included as it will be more difficult to obtain in the future.

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Robert Shannon

Robert Shannon
Robert Shannon was born in Ireland on November 30, 1909. He was baptised in his Parish of Kilmachshalgan in the Diocese of Killala. He received his theological training at Trinity College in Toronto and was ordained by the Bishop of Ottawa. On May 1, 1949 he was appointed as the Rector of St. Thomas’ Ellwood (near Bank and Alta Vista then), St. George’s Hawthorne, St. James’ Leitrim, and given a special assignment for the Carleton Heights area. He came from the Parish of Metcalfe. As a former naval Chaplain, he was a good fit.

The area he was assigned was huge, stretching from Leitrim on the east to almost Bell’s Corners on the west. And not only was it a tremendous task because of its size, but it was a fast growing area as well.

He was an organizer and chosen by the Bishop because of these skills. His staff work and staff papers on the subject of financing the churches in the new urban areas put in place the funding we needed for a church building. He was an “accumulator” of liturgical items which he freely gave to any church in need. In a handwritten letter written to Marguerite Godin on September 12, 1974 he commented that he was charged by the Bishop to remove all the valuable liturgical items from the closed Church in Alfred and to store them in safe keeping. He used both St. George’s Hawthorne and St. Thomas’ Ellwood for storage space. That is where some of our items came from.

His hand writing reveals a bit of his character. Each character was formed precisely. He dotted every “i” and crossed every “t.” There were no corrections in his letters. Each sentence was formed in his mind before he wrote it.

He left us on July 1, 1952 to take more theological training in Chicago. One year later he returned to become the Incumbent of Lanark. He took a leave of absence on May 1, 1954 to serve as a Chaplain in the Royal Canadian Navy. Allan Rogers in a March 31, 1955 newsletter mentions that Robert Shannon could not be with them for St. Mark’s Day in 1955 because he was serving as a Chaplain in Korea.

He married Margaret Mackie on July 7, 1959 at Christ Church Hamilton. He remained in the Navy until retirement, and then moved to Calgary. He still had many friends in the Parish who corresponded with him.

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Ralph Smith

Ralph Willindon Smith
Ralph Smith came to St. Mark’s as a Cadet in the Church Army and was assigned to Robert Shannon. In May and June 1949 his first task was to tread the dusty and muddy streets of Carleton Heights to survey the amount of support for an Anglican church in the area. He did his task well and on June 21, 1949 Robert Shannon called a meeting of those interested and the seeds for the Parish of St. Mark’s were sown. Ralph worked the summer of 1949 and then returned for his last year in Toronto. He graduated as a Captain in the Church Army in 1950 and returned to St. Thomas’ and St. Mark’s. After more training, he was ordained a deacon on June 28, 1952. He married Ruth Cameron while still serving at St. Mark’s. After the departure of Robert Shannon, he was assigned to A.E.O. Anderson of St. Peter’s on July 1, 1952. He left St. Mark’s on July 1, 1953 to become the Rector of Iroquois. He served a full career in the Diocese of Ottawa.

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A.E.O. Anderson

Arthur Edward Oswald Anderson
AEO, as he was known, was born in Smiths Falls in 1899, the son of Rev. E.A. Anderson, who at that time was a curate in Smiths Falls. He studied at St. John's College, Winnipeg, and did missionary work among the Indians in the Moosonee district before taking further divinity studies at the University of London in England. Mr. Anderson had various posts in the Canterbury diocese in England. He returned to Canada in 1950, after 28 years.

His first post in Ottawa was St. Peter's mission, which became a regular parish in 1953. St. Mark's and St. Richard's parish in City View both benefited from his efforts. In particular, he was charged by the Bishop to build a Church for St. Mark’s. He is remembered as very set in his ways and with definite opinions. He is the one who fought hard to have the cedar look to the Church despite some reservations by the Wardens and Building Committee. His wife, Ethel, started the first Mothers’ Union at St. Mark’s.

Rev. A.E.O. Anderson, rector of the Anglican Church of the Ascension, died of a heart attack on Wednesday, March 14, 1962 while working at the Synod Office on Bronson Avenue. He was 62.

His most lasting contribution to the Diocese was the establishment of the Anglican Book Society and Canterbury House.

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Allan Rogers

Robert Victor Allan Rogers
Allan Rogers was born on September 29, 1922. He took his theological training at Trinity College in Toronto and was ordained a deacon on June 11, 1951.

He came to the mission of St. Mark’s in 1953 and served as Assistant Curate under the direction of the Reverend A.E.O. Anderson. Allan was appointed Curate-in-Charge in 1955 working directly for the Bishop.

Allan was kind to everyone and dedicated to his work. He was a willing listener and visitations were one of his strengths. Along with his priestly talents, he had musical talent; he could play the piano, direct the choir, and deliver the sermon, all in one service. He built lasting friendships with many of the parishioners.

He accepted the appointment as the Incumbent of Bearbrook on November 1, 1955. He served a full career in the Diocese of Ottawa.

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George Foy


George James Foy

George Foy was born in Toronto on March 25, 1911 and moved to Winnipeg when he was 16. He studied for the ministry at St. John’s College in Winnipeg and was ordained a deacon on June 4, 1938 and a priest in 1939. During the World War II he served as Chaplain of the Naval Reserve. Before coming to Ottawa, he served in Manitoba and Western Quebec. He came to St. Mark’s in November 1955 from the Parish of All Saints, Noranda, Quebec in the Diocese of Moosonee. He was a canon of that Diocese.

George and Eleanor were the first to occupy the Rectory when it was completed. It was home also for their children, Aubrey and Lucy. He served at St. Mark’s for 15 years from 1955 to 1971. It was a very natural setting for George. As a veteran himself, he fitted like a hand to a glove with the other veterans of the Parish. He is still very well remembered and well loved in the Parish. He was a humble man who lived and worked his faith.

In 1971 he was appointed to St. James’ Manotick. In 1972, he was appointed Archdeacon of Cornwall by Bishop William Robinson and served faithfully the rural part of Ottawa-Carleton and Stormont, Dundas, Glengarry, Prescott, and Russell Counties.

He retired in 1977 when he and Eleanor moved to Toronto to be closer to their children. Aubrey became the organist and choirmaster at St. James’ Cathedral in Toronto in 1969. Lucy became a lawyer and in 1997 was appointed a Judge of the Ontario Provincial Court.

He died on February 25, 1978 of a heart attack at his home in Toronto. In a packed memorial service at St. Mark’s on February 28, 1978, Canon Eldon Davis paid tribute to George as a very capable person.

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William Townson

William Dixon Townson
William Townson was born on November 20, 1928. He was ordained a deacon on May 21, 1961.

He came to St. Mark’s on February 1, 1965 to help George Foy cope with the tremendous workload of four services every Sunday, over 200 children in Sunday School, and overcrowded accommodation.

He left St. Mark’s in November 1966 for the Diocese of Montreal. After retirement, he moved to St. Thomas in south-western Ontario.

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Allen Box

Thomas Allen Box
Allen Box was born August 7, 1942. He was ordained a deacon on May 16, 1967 and was assigned as the Assistant at St. Mark’s. During the troubled financial times at St. Mark’s after the Hall was built, his position was deleted.

On November 15, 1968 he was appointed the Rector of Petawawa. He has served at many Churches in the Diocese and as Diocesan Administrator. He is currently the Incumbent of All Saints Westboro in Ottawa.


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David Bolton

David Charles Bolton
David Bolton was born July 11, 1935. He was involved in Church activities from the beginning as his father was a well known minister, Archdeacon Ken Bolton.

David took his theological training at Trinity College in Toronto and was ordained a deacon June 11, 1964. He was appointed the Rector of Campbell’s Bay on February 1, 1966 and the Rector of St. Mark’s May 1, 1971. His interest in liturgy led to his appointment to head the Committee on Liturgy of the Diocese.

He left St. Mark’s in 1977 for Grace Church-on-the-Hill in Toronto. He served in the Diocese of Niagara until he retired in December 1998. He moved to Vancouver Island after retirement.

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David Stalter

David Kennedy Stalter
David Stalter was born in Markham, Ontario on April 5, 1934 to Oliver and Phyllis Stalter. Oliver, at that time, was the principal of the local high school. David was the third child with two older sisters. A younger sister arrived some years later.

David was educated in Markham, but left at an early age to try his hand in business, banking, and later the RCAF. He received an honorable discharge from the RCAF in 1958, and enrolled in the Church Army. During his time at Church Army he met Marion who would later become his wife. Upon leaving Church Army he took a job with the Provincial Government in the Department of Health and Welfare. He was due for a large promotion, when he heard God calling him to study for the priesthood. He left the Government to commence his studies at Huron College in London, Ontario.

David graduated from Huron College in 1965, and was ordained deacon by the Bishop of Huron for the Bishop of Ottawa. He served in the parishes of South March, Maberley-Lanark, Ashton, St. Margaret’s Vanier, and St. Mark’s, Ottawa. During these years he was involved with both diocesan and community affairs, serving on many committees in both areas.

David was a gentle and patient man of God who lived his faith. He believed deeply in the power of prayer, and often pointed to himself as proof that prayer works. He loved to look communicants right in the eyes whenever he delivered the chalice, and many of us keep up this tradition as a living memorial to him. David also left with us the concept of all members being “ministers”, and that is carried on to this day as we list “Ministers: The Whole Congregation.”

As well, David always found time to spend with his family and friends. David died November 29, 1983. He is survived by Marion, his wife, and three children, Cathy, Mark, and Elaine. Marion is still an active member of St. Mark’s.

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Harry Bowkett

Henry Thomas Bowkett
Harry Bowkett was born in London England on May 19, 1914. Despite being born within the sound of the Bow Bells, he had no accent. He was the manager of Beechwood Cemetery in Ottawa and an active lay reader at St. Margaret’s Vanier before becoming ordained as a deacon on November 23, 1973. He came to St. Mark’s in 1981 as an Assistant to help during David Stalter’s illness. David and Harry were old friends from St. Margaret’s.

He was soft spoken and a finder of middle ground in any situation. He was affable, right and proper, learned, and a determined Englishman. He gave good sermons. He came as a friend to help; he stayed as a parishioner to help. His own illness and death on September 8, 1981 cut short his ministry.

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Hal Bridges

Harold Eugene Bridges
Hal Bridges was born July 21, 1921. He had a full career in the RCAF before retiring and taking theological training at Saint Paul. He was ordained a deacon on June 1, 1975. He was appointed Priest-in-Charge in 1982 while David Stalter battled cancer.

He easily fitted into St. Mark’s. He had a tremendous grasp of problems and provided great leadership to the Parish in the time of need.

A few of us who knew him in the RCAF days found it very humorous one morning when he read a letter from the Bishop condemning nuclear weapons, because Hal, as the Commanding Officer of 409 Fighter Squadron in Comox, B.C., had led the charge to equip the Voodoo fighter with nuclear missiles. When he was asked if he felt a twinge when he had to read the letter, he simply shrugged his shoulders and replied that he had a new boss now.

He left us on September 1, 1983 to take up the post as Rector of Kars. Hal died in June 1992.

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Gordon Worden

Gordon Henry Worden
Gordon Worden was born on January 6, 1946. After doing a degree at Queens, he took his theological training at Huron. He was ordained a deacon on May 21, 1971. Before coming to St. Mark’s, he served in Smiths Falls, Mattawa, Strafford, and St. Lawrence East. He took his first service at St. Mark’s on March 4, 1984 and was inducted on St. Mark’s Day, April 25, 1984.

Gordon and Leslie MacEachern were married in St. Mark’s on October 16, 1971 so he had a special place in his heart for St. Mark’s already. Gordon and Leslie shared the Rectory with their daughters Rebecca, Emily, and Jessica.

In 1990, Gordon accepted the Bishop’s call to go to St. James’ Carleton Place, where at the time of writing he has served many years as Archdeacon.

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Greg Bloomquist

Lawrence Gregory Bloomquist
Greg was born in Cherokee, Iowa, USA on October 27, 1951. He was raised in Quimby, Iowa (population 400!) until age 14. He attended Philips Exeter Academy in New Hampshire from the age of 14 to 18. Greg received a B.A. in History and Law from Beloit College in Wisconsin, and a M.A. and M.Religion from the University of Toronto, and a ThD from Wycliffe College.

Greg taught at the Jesuit Seminary in Barcelona, Spain from 1981 to 1986 and Saint Paul University in Ottawa (1987 to present). He is the co-founder of Augustine College.

Greg was ordained deacon on Pentecost in 1987 and priest on Palm Sunday in 1988 by the Rt. Rev. Alan Read (Bishop of Ontario). He has been a priest of the Diocese of Ottawa since 1993, and at St. Mark's for (almost) the whole time since 1987.

Greg and Rachel live in the Parish and have four children Julia, Kristin, Laura, and Jonathan.

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David Lethbridge

Courtenay David Lethbridge
David Lethbridge was born on November 5, 1933. He took his theological training at Bishop’s University and racked up his knees playing football as well. He was ordained a deacon on May 24, 1959.

Prior to coming to St. Mark’s, he served at All Saints Westboro, Navan, North Gower, and Deep River. On September 1, 1990 David Lethbridge was appointed Incumbent. He was inducted on November 21, 1990. He and Phyllis moved into the Rectory shortly after his appointment.

David often used mouse puppets to illustrate his talks to the children, and there are many children and adults who remember the mice well.

He was appointed a Canon of Christ Church Cathedral in the Canonry of St. Patrick on September 24, 1995.

As well during his time at St. Mark’s, he was appointed by the Bishop to be the Chaplain of the Brotherhood of Anglican Churchmen. He retired from St. Mark’s in November 1996.

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Frank Peake

Frank Alexander Peake
Frank has served as the Honorary Assistant at St. Mark’s since 1994. He took a double major of History and Theology at Emmanuel College in the University of Saskatchewan, then a Masters at the University of Alberta and a Doctorate at Huron College.

He was ordained by Bishop Walter Barfoot of Edmonton. After serving parishes in the Diocese of Edmonton, he taught and served in Edmonton, Vancouver, London, and Sudbury. He retired as Professor of History (Emeritus) from Laurentian University in Sudbury and came with his wife Connie to live in Nepean.

Frank was Editor of the centenary volume for the Diocese of Ottawa, Anglicanism in the Ottawa Valley, which was published in 1997.

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Roger Steinke

Roger Alan Steinke
Roger Steinke was born on September 28, 1947. He studied at Concordia in St. Louis, Missouri in the Missouri Synod of the Lutheran Church. After serving as a Pastor in the Lutheran Church for three years, he found that his religious beliefs were closer to the Anglican faith than the confessional tradition of the Missouri Synod of the Lutheran Church. He was warmly welcomed by Bishop William Robinson and was ordained a deacon of the Anglican Church on September 29, 1976.

Prior to coming to St. Mark’s, he served at St. Thomas’ Ottawa, St. Mary the Virgin Blackburn Hamlet and St. Mary’s Navan, St. Lawrence East, and Holy Trinity Pembroke. He provided distinguished service as Archdeacon of Pembroke from 1988 until his appointment as the Incumbent of St. Mark’s on January 1, 1997.

He was appointed by the Bishop as Chaplain to the BAC in 1998.

Roger and Karen have two sons, Philip at Queen’s University in 1999, and Alan who lives at home.


Written by Lorne Bowerman with the help of
Norma Mellon, Fred Neal, and many friends.



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