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GORDON EDWARD MACDERMID (published on March 07, 2009)



GORDON EDWARD MACDERMID September 22, 1939 March 3, 2009 Gordon MacDermid died peacefully at Health Sciences Centre Winnipeg on Tuesday afternoon. Gordon was raised in Westmount, NS before venturing out to earn his B.A. at Mount Allison University and his M.Div. at Pine Hill Divinity Hall in Halifax. In 1961 he was ordained as a minister in the United Church of Canada. His first pastoral charge was West Bay, NS. After completing his Ph.D. in Church History at the University of Aberdeen, Scotland, he returned with his young family to join the faculty at Pine Hill Divinity Hall in 1967. His association with the school, which became part of the Atlantic School of Theology, continued for 33 years and saw him take on a variety of roles and challenges there. During that time he also served for five years as minister for St. Andrew's United Church in Halifax. Too young to retire at 60, he moved west to occupy the office of the Dean of Theology at the University of Winnipeg until 2005. Throughout his career he was active at different levels in the United Church and was for many years on the board of the Association of Theological Schools, which afforded him many welcome opportunities for travel. After retiring, he continued to contribute to the community. The peace movement was especially important to him among the many social issues that drew his attention and energy. His passion for life manifested itself in his zeal for lively debate, his habit of staying in motion, his curiosity about people and his delight in their diversity. He enjoyed the feel of a fountain pen on paper, the taste of single malt scotch, the sound of Leonard Cohen's songs, and the sight of the highlands of Cape Breton. Gordon possessed a rare intellect, abundant compassion, extraordinary humour, and sesquipedalian vocabulary, gifts he readily shared with all who cared to receive them. Gordon was predeceased by his parents, Edward and Katherine (Morrison) MacDermid of Wreck Cove, NS. He is survived by his children, Graeme, Heather (Barry Meston), and John (Meaghan Seagrave), their mother, Pam MacDermid, his brother, Allison (Jane), his sisters, Mary and Anne, and many nieces, nephews and cousins. He is also remembered by the many close friends he cherished in his life. A memorial service will be held at 11:00 a.m., Tuesday, March 10, 2009 at St. Mary's Road United Church, 613 St. Mary's Road, Winnipeg, Manitoba, with Susan Tough officiating. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made in Gordon's memory to the peace initiative of your choice.


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