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Rev. Canon James Alvin Winters

December 20, 1924 - April 15, 2016

Rev. Canon James Winters: December 20, 1924 - April 15, 2016

Service Date: April 23, 2016


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Winters, the Reverend Canon James Alvin

Born in Montréal, Quebec, on 20 December 1924; departed this life peacefully at home in Ottawa on 15 April 2016. Predeceased by his parents, Frank Winters and Hazel Vera James Winters; his cousins Frank Carey, Nora Carey Williams and Annemarie Harris Chaplin; and his close friends Cameron Cairns and Dorothy Eadie. Survived by his sister, Muriel Winters Britton, of Cornwall, Ontario; his nephew, Bill Britton and his wife Ethel; his niece Susan Anne Britton and her partner Mary Meldrum; his cousin Patricia Harris Bird; and many friends, relations, colleagues and parishioners. “Father Jim”, as he was known, entered holy orders as a deacon on 11 June 1951 and as a priest on 17 March 1952. His career in the Anglican Diocese of Ottawa began at the Church of St. Barnabas, Apostle and Martyr, as a curate under the mentorship of the Reverend Canon Herbert Brown. In 1955, Father Jim received his first appointment as Rector, to St. John’s, Vankleek Hill, returning to Ottawa in 1960 to become the first full-time chaplain at the Civic Hospital; he held that charge until 1967, when he was appointed Rector of St. Aidan’s. In 1978, Father Jim came back to St. Barnabas’, where he ministered as Rector until his formal retirement in 1990, and then for the rest of his life as Honorary Assistant and Rector Emeritus. Over the years, Father Jim took great delight in the blessings God gives his people: family and friends, good food and great music (especially opera), and always the splendor and comfort of the traditional Anglican liturgy. Visitation will be at St. Barnabas’ Church, 70 James Street, Ottawa, on Friday, 22 April, from 2:00 to 4:00 p.m. and from 7:00 to 9:00 p.m. The Solemn Requiem Mass for the repose of Father Jim’s soul will be celebrated on Saturday, 23 April, at 11:00 a.m. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations to St. Barnabas’ Church will be gratefully received. The family is particularly grateful to David Luxton for his many years of friendship and support, and his caring stewardship of Father Jim’s affairs.

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