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THE REVEREND CLIFTON LORNE MONK (published on July 22, 2009)



THE REVEREND CLIFTON LORNE MONK 1918 2009 It is with deep sorrow that our family announces that Clifton Monk, age 90, passed away on July 18, 2009 at Lions Manor Personal Care Centre. He was predeceased by his loving wife Helen Isabelle Monk (nee Jacklin) and his brother Orville. Left to mourn are his children Anne of Winnipeg and Philip of Toronto, his sister Marion Becker and his in-laws Orval Becker and Marjorie Monk, all of Elmwood, Ontario, Muriel Grier of Ottawa, and many nieces and nephews. Clifton, son of Oscar and Emma Monk, was born on September 7, 1918 in Elmwood, Ontario and was raised on the family farm. He graduated with a B.A. in 1939 from Waterloo College (Wilfred Laurier University) and was ordained in 1942 after graduating that year from Waterloo Lutheran Seminary. For the next five years he was pastor in the Midville Parish of Nova Scotia. There he married Helen Jacklin, also of Elmwood, Ontario and a University of Western Ontario graduate. Their marriage was a true partnership, and she was a constant and valued support for him throughout his career, always taking pride in his accomplishments. In 1947, he moved his family to Winnipeg to become the first Executive Secretary of the Canadian Lutheran World Relief, a post he held for 15 years, and where he was responsible initially for material aid to post-war Europe and refugee settlement in Canada and later for refugee aid to the developing world. During this period he travelled extensively in Europe and the Middle and Far East. From 1961 to 1966 he was Executive Secretary, Division of Welfare, Canadian Lutheran Council and from 1967 to 1976 Executive Secretary of the Division of Social Services, Lutheran Council in Canada. In both positions, he guided the Lutheran Church on issues of social justice related to Medicare, guaranteed annual income, aging, population policy, energy, capital punishment, and aboriginal rights. During this period he returned to school to attain his Master of Social Work from the University of Manitoba in 1964. He also greatly widened the LCIC association with other denominations through the countless inter-denominational committees on which he served and the conferences he attended around the world. From 1976 to 1983, when he retired, he was Consultant in Social Ministry to the Lutheran Church in America Canada Section. Notable during these years were his ecumenical coalition work with Project North (of which he was the chair from 1981 to 1983) in support of the land rights of the Dene Nation and with GATT-Fly on issues of human rights and global economic justice. His ecumenical involvement was a pioneering effort in the Lutheran Church. Beyond his social activism, in 1966 he assisted in the establishment of The Canadian Association for Pastoral Education (CAPE), where he served as a president and member of the Accreditation and Certification Committee. During his career and retirement he frequently served as a supply pastor to many congregations. Throughout his career, he firmly believed that the church was a ministry to society not just individuals. With his commitment to social justice, as one bishop wrote, he molded the social conscience of the Lutheran Church in Canada through his leadership. A man of principle and underlying compassion, Clifton was strong-minded, self reliant, and hardworking. With his dry humour, he enjoyed telling stories about his career and farm days. Doing handyman work in house and yard, playing golf and taking the family on summer automobile camping trips occupied much of his leisure time. Although geographically distant from his extended family in Ontario, maintaining contact with them was important to him. He was caring about his family, but above all he was devoted to Helen, his beloved wife of 60 years. The family would like to express sincere thanks to the fourth floor staff at Lions Manor Personal Care Centre for their kind care giving of Dad and to his special caregiver, Mrs. Briget Enns. Donations in his memory may be made to Canadian Lutheran World Relief, 1080 Kingsbury Avenue, Winnipeg, R2V 3H9 or to Lions Personal Care Centre, 320 Sherbrook Sreet, Winnipeg, R3B 2W6. A memorial service will be held at 2:00 p.m. on July 27, 2009 at St. Mark's Lutheran Church, 600 Cambridge Street, Winnipeg. Interment will occur in Elmwood, Ontario. Neil Bardal Inc. 949-2200 www.nbardal.mb.ca


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