“Blasts from the past” identified

In the March Niagara Anglican, we published photographs from our archives, and asked readers to help identify the places or people. Here are the results.

Alexander (Sandy) L. Darling, Hamilton, emailed, “The Reverend David Blackwell was the long-time priest of St Luke’s Hamilton. He and his wife were beloved by campers at Canterbury Hills because of their long ministry at the camp.  The Christmas family was from Hamilton, so it is safe to say that St. Luke’s was the Hamilton parish.

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About 200 members of the Church Boys League from across Niagara diocese attended a worship service at Christ’s Church Cathedral Hamilton on November 28, 1965, with Dean H.R. Bagnell participating. Joining him were banjoist the Reverend David Blackwood, with guitarists Ann Christmas and Jane Christmas (sisters) from St. Luke’s parish (which St. Luke’s?) led the singing, including the hymn The Lord’s My Shepherd to the tune of The Happy Wanderer.

In a telephone conversation, Beryl Martin identified the adults at St. David’s sod turning ceremony as (left) Churchwarden John Turnbull, Rector Jo Fricker, Churchwarden Bill Mason and parishioner Jim Venables. Billy Mason, the churchwarden’s son, turned the sod to begin construction. Beryl, a long-time member of the parish, witnessed the special event. She also noted St. David’s Welland celebrates its 70th anniversary during 2019. 

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Sod turning for St. David’s parish hall in Welland — April 12, 1964