In memory of
THE REVEREND GERALD P. LOWETH
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In memory of
THE REVEREND GERALD P. LOWETH
THE REVEREND CANON DOCTOR GERALD P. LOWETH March 8, 1926 - October 15, 2016 Gerry was deeply loved by family, friends and those he served. He died following implantation of a pacemaker leaving an immense gap for his wife and four children. Gerry married Mary Elizabeth Ockenden on June 25, 1955 and shortly afterwards moved to Hilo, Hawaii where they had 4 children: Douglas Charles (Maureen Loweth), Katherine Tenney (James Danks), Elizabeth Maile (Mark Reeves) and Jennifer Margaret Loweth-Reeves and his eight adored grandchildren: Tenney and Aidan, Bradley and Alexandra, Bridget and Connor, and Clara and Charlotte. After 8 years on the island as Rector of Holy Apostles and Archdeacon of the island, he moved his family to Toronto to Trinity College, University of Toronto, where he completed his third academic degree. Upon graduation he was appointed Associate Rector of Grace Church-on-the-Hill, Toronto and later Executive Director of the Metropolitan Toronto Urban Church Board, coordinating social services of the Anglican and United churches. At the close of that program, he became Rector of St. John the Divine and Archdeacon of Scarborough. Called to be Rector of St. Mary's Church in Richmond Hill, he concentrated on social justice issues and was founding chair of the corporation to build St. Mark's Apartments and Observatory Towers, providing over 500 mixed income units. For this and his other involvement in the community, he was named Richmond Hill's Citizen of the Year. He also served as Chaplain to the Canadian Legion. In the wider church, he served as Chair of the Diocesan Outreach Committee and was a national church member of General Synod where he served on the nominating and long-range planning committees. He studied for Doctor of Theology, which he earned from Trinity College, University of Toronto, at age 80. He created and taught a course on urban ministry as Adjunct Professor at Trinity College and also served as a Spiritual Director until September 2016. The family will be receiving visitors at Marshall Funeral Home, www.marshallfuneralhome.com in Richmond Hill on Thursday, October 20th from 7:00 to 9:00 p.m. The funeral will be held at St. Mary's Anglican Church at Yonge St. and Major Mackenzie in Richmond Hill on Saturday, October 22nd at 11:00 a.m. Archbishop Colin Johnson, Bishop Peter Fenty and the Rev. Dr. John Oakes participating. In lieu of flowers, the family asks for gifts in Gerry's name to the Primate's World Relief and Development Fund ( www.pwrdf.org )
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