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PATRICK VAUGHAN LEE (published on October 09, 2010)



THE RIGHT REV. PATRICK VAUGHAN LEE June 20, 1931 - September 26, 2010 After a very full and adventurous life, Patrick Vaughan Lee left the earthly world behind and went to be with his Lord and Saviour on Sunday, September 26, 2010. Although brain cancer has taken his life, his spirit lives on in all those who were blessed with his time on earth. Patrick was born on June 20, 1931 in Winnipeg, the second son to William Samuel Lee and Miriam Elizabeth Lee (nee Struthers). Big brother Ted (Dr. Robert E. M. Lee of Victoria) was his lifelong mentor and confidant. Together they grew up in Lady Lake, SK and Gilbert Plains, MB and were active members of the Town Band in Gilbert Plains. Music and especially the participation in the Town Band was a formative part of Patrick's early life. In later years, he went on to start up a band program in the schools in Portage la Prairie, MB. Patrick's adventurous spirit was evident at a young age when, at age 14, he left the security of his home to work at various camps in the Lake of the Woods area during the summer months, including a position as Boatman for Anglican Island Summer Camp. His love of the railroad steered him towards a position as porter for the C.P.R. and he often spoke fondly of his experiences along the way. Patrick left Gilbert Plains to attend the University of Manitoba where he obtained a BA. During his years as a university student, he spent a year in the Canadian Officers Training Corp. (COTC) including a summer in Calgary. He then taught in the high school in Arden, MB for a year where he shared his love of learning and life with the students there, with some of whom he remained in touch. At this time he returned to St. John's College to take theology. He was ordained a deacon in the Anglican Church on St. Matthew's Day, September 21, 1956 and then a priest on St. John the Baptist's Day on June 24, 1957. In honour of his accomplishments in the Church and the community, St. John's College bestowed upon him the degree of Doctor of Divinity in 1978. He served the Interlake Parishes from 1955 to 1959. During that time he married his college sweetheart, Mary Elizabeth Thornton on May 31, 1958. The two formed a life long partnership that took them from the new parish of St. Bartholomew's in Winnipeg, MB to St. Mary's la Prairie in Portage la Prairie, MB and then to St. Paul's Cathedral in Kamloops, BC where he was the Dean. After this they traveled to Uganda where they lived and worked with the Ugandan people in the Diocese of West Buganda for six years. This marked a turning point in the faith of both Patrick and Mary and they continue to tell tales of those days. Patrick wrote a book of their experiences in Uganda, Safari in Faith: Bats in the Attic, Cockroaches in the Kitchen . Although written for his grandchildren, this book has meant many things to many people. While in Uganda, Patrick was made an honorary member of the Monkey Clan and was always proud of his Ugandan name, Kiggundu. After returning from Uganda, Patrick served as Executive Archdeacon for the Diocese of Rupert's Land and then was elected Bishop on March 5, 1994 and was consecrated on May 24, 1994. His consecration was held in St. Boniface Cathedral, a special connection for Patrick who maintained close relationships with the Roman Catholic Church throughout his ministry. He retired in November 1999. In July 2005, they moved from Winnipeg to Perth, ON to be closer to their youngest grandson. Patrick and Mary have four girls whom Patrick affectionately called all his bad luck : Sharon Lee (Rama Mkakatu) of Perth, ON, Sandra Lee of Pickle Lake, ON, Laura Anne Fink (Christopher Fink) of Calgary, AB and Suzanne Wray (Jeffrey Wray) of Winnipeg, MB. From this group of bad luck girls , came six very accomplished grandchildren of whom Grandad / Babu was very proud. Amanda Wray, Katie Wray, Bryan Wray, Daniel Fink, Andrew Fink and Baraka Mkakatu are carrying on in their grandfather's tradition of living life to the fullest and in making their part of the world just a little bit better. Patrick lived his life with a keen sense of the beauty in the people he met and a keen sense of the needs of the people in this world. He directed a lot of energy into helping people where they were but also in working hard to address the systemic problems that people face. He helped to establish programs for children and seniors in Portage la Prairie and in 1973 was awarded the Citizen of the Year Award for his efforts. He had a way of bringing out the beauty in people and to the end received letters from people who had been impacted by the contact that they had with him. He has many dear friends who have challenged him and helped to make him the man he was. Patrick cherished these friendships and always delighted in any contact he had with his friends over the years. During his final months in hospital, Mary read countless letters and emails to him from friends and family near and far and they always seemed to bring an extra life and light to his face. In addition to the letters were many visitors who made a special trip to Perth from Calgary, Pickle Lake, Winnipeg, Portage la Prairie, Ottawa and Deep River - amazing gifts of themselves from dear friends and family. Besides his wife Mary, his daughters and grandchildren, he will also be missed by his faithful friend, Kobi, who happily was allowed to visit him in the Perth hospital. For those wishing to make a donation in Patrick's memory, donations can be made to the Fisher Branch Kalagala High School in Uganda (through The Diocese of Rupert's Land) or a charity of your choice. Patrick, Dad, Grandad, Babu - we will miss you, but we will carry on with your love in our hearts. Funeral service will be held at 1:00 p.m., Monday, October 18, 2010 at St. John's Cathedral, 135 Anderson Avenue. Expressions of condolence may be sent to condolences@nbardal.mb.ca NEIL BARDAL INC. FUNERAL CENTRE (204) 949-2200 nbardal.mb.ca


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