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Reverend J. H. (Harry) Seeley
December 24, 1927  -  August 1, 2022
Answering the call to Christian ministry, Harry trained at Queen’s University and Queen’s Theological College in Kingston. He also played on the Queen’s hockey team.

As a student minister, he served at Lavant, Ontario, and Seven Islands, Quebec, where he helped establish a joint Anglican-United Church for people involved with the iron ore project in Quebec/Labrador. He then served as student supply minister at Cardinal and Elgin.

While serving the Elgin-Portland charge, he married Marion Adams, of Johnstown. Upon ordination, they were appointed to Larder Lake – Virginiatown in Northern Ontario. They returned to Elgin and served the United Church for 34 years then retired to their cottage on Sand Lake on the Rideau. Harry then became Minister of Visitation at Grace United Church in Gananoque. After many years of service at Grace United Church he was given the honorary title of Minister Emeritus.

Harry has served as past chairman of Kingston Presbytery and various committees of the Bay of Quinte Conference of the United Church of Canada. He served as president of Elgin Lions Club, Master of Simpson and Harmony Lodges and Grand Chaplain of the Masonic Order for the Province of Ontario. He served as Chaplain of the Rideau Branch of the Royal Canadian Legion and was presented with the Legion’s 75th Anniversary Medal. He was awarded the Commemorative Medal for the 125th Anniversary of the Confederation of Canada and the Queen’s Golden Jubilee Medal.

Harry loved humour and was the author of two joke books “Tell Us a Story – Jokes for All Occasions” and “For Laughing Out Loud”

“We came into this world without our permission and we have to leave it against our will. It is what we do with the time in between that makes life worthwhile. We can approach each day expecting the worst and find it or we can put on a happy face, pull ourselves up by our attitudes and live life to the fullest. A part of that reward is laughter. It is one of the most wonderful drugs on the market and it is totally free to all who will embrace it. There are no harmful effects from an overdose. It is perfectly safe.” - J. Harry Seeley, “For Laughing Out Loud”

Rev. Dr. Francis Lee James (Jim) Beal
25 AUGUST, 1926 – 8 JUNE, 2022

Jim Beal died peacefully on June 8, 2022, aged 95 at the Grey Nuns Hospital in Edmonton. He will be sorely missed by family and friends. Jim began his Ministry in Penetanguishene Ontario, moved to Alberta to serve in Valleyview, Debolt, Bezanson, Fox Creek, and Clairmont, moved to Boston to fulfill the requirements for a Doctorate of Ministry, then back to Ontario (Lindsay and Kingston), and retired to Vancouver

Island where he filled in as a temporary Minister in Victoria, to retire in Mill Bay, and later Victoria once again. He moved to Hythe, Alberta and recently to Edmonton. In addition to being a United Church Minister, he started Peace Counselling Services and the Day Treatment Centre in Grande Prairie.

Jim was pre deceased by his wife Alexandria Audrey, his second wife Carol Evans and by his son Douglas (Lynn). He is lovingly remembered by his children Jeannette (Lane) and Andy (Marjie), by his grandchildren Owen (Raven), Noel (Courtney), Chloe (Kurt), Emma (Brad), Graeme, Amanda (Jeremy) Scott, and Natalie (Kyler) as well as many great-grandchildren. Jim’s humour, kindness and great spirit will be missed.

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