I am pleased Archbishop Prendergast has re-assigned me, effective Aug 2020, to continue as the deacon at St. Elizabeth’s for a three-year term. I love being at STE. I have developed wonderful friendships with Fr. Martin and many of you, and I really enjoy working with our amazing young people.
I was born in Halifax Nova Scotia in 1957 when my father was then serving in the Royal Canadian Navy. My father and my three wonderful sisters/their families live in the Ottawa area. My mother died in May. I also joined the military (navy) and served from 1976 until 1997 – specializing in engineering and project management. In 1980 I graduated from the Royal Military College in Kingston with Bachelor of Engineering (Electrical), received a commission, and married my high school sweetheart Sarah. Together we have been posted to Esquimalt, Halifax, Kingston (Master’s Degree), Toronto (Command and Staff College) and twice to Ottawa. On July 19th Sarah and I celebrated our 40th Anniversary – with sincere appreciation for the kind words, cards and blessings we received at the Mass. Our three ‘children’ are grown up and married (living in Stouffville ON, Stittsville ON and Gloucester England). We have two grandchildren – Helen in the UK, aged 2, and Ava here in Stittsville, 8 months. From 1997 until 2021, I worked in private industry in naval engineering projects. I “retired” in 2021.