CHURCH, Allen Arthur - (November 28, 1942 – October 11, 2016) - Al passed away at St Joseph’s Hospital in Hamilton in the loving embrace of his children, daughter Deborah Caron and son Christopher Church. He was in his 74th year.
His precious life was stolen from him by Idiopathic Pulmonary Fibrosis.
Al is survived by the family he loved so dearly; brothers John (Diane)and William (Bill) and sister Valerie (Bill), predeceased by his father John and mother Kathleen, brother James and sister Kathleen.
Survived by grandchildren Jennie, Maggie and Gage, and great grandchildren Jensen and Lily.
Al had a long career with Stelco in Hamilton and Genfast in Brantford. He had come to faith in Christ in the early 1980’s and after retirement in 1992, he had a long history of volunteering in Christian Ministry. He was a Telephone Prayer Counsellor at the Crossroads Family of Ministries for 15 years, an Elder at Burlington Alliance Church, and leader at the Alliance Marriage Encounter.
He volunteered at Participation House in Hamilton, and was an assistant Chaplain at Joseph Brant Hospital in Burlington many retirement homes in the area, and in prison ministry. He was most recently a volunteer at the Salvation Army Citadel on Hamilton Mountain. He attended Pinecrest Bible Training Center in New York and volunteered at Wycliffe Bible Translators in Orlando, Florida as well as a youth camp in the Muskokas.
Al travelled extensively. He took many vacations in warmer climates. He went on a tour to Israel in the late 1980’s. He loved exploring the USA and Canada, with many road trips in the US. He loved the outdoors with camping and canoeing trips to Algonquin Park and other places, and camped almost all the way across Canada with his good friend John Rodda in 2002. Al was a long-time friend of Jay Casey and Ross Penwarden, both predeceased.
Music was at the core of Al’s life. He loved to play the guitar and sing. He made a “Rock-A-Billy” CD with his brother John. After coming to faith, he loved to lead praise and worship in hospitals, retirement homes and anywhere he had an opportunity.
Al was of mixed ancestry, English on his Dad’s side, Seneca Indian on his Mother’s. He was a proud descendant of Joseph Brant.
A Service of Remembrance will be held on Saturday, October 22nd at the Salvation Army Mountain Citadel, 835 Stone Church Road East, Hamilton at 2 p.m., followed by a light reception. Private family interment will take place at a later date.
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations to the Salvation Army (att. Mountain Citadel) would be appreciated. Arrangements entrusted with Smith's funeral home, Burlington.