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In Memoriam

In Memoriam

Robert Fletcher Smith [MDiv 2001]
A celebration of Robert Fletcher’s life (1934–2012) was held on Saturday, April 13, at Pinegrove Baptist Church. In lieu of flowers, donations were made to Algonquin Grace Hospice in Huntsville, where Bob was lovingly cared for.

Helen Patricia Lewis (Miller) (1949)
On October 18, 2011, Helen Patricia Lewis, a graduate of LBI, met her Lord peacefully at the age of 86. She was the beloved wife of James Lewis and loving mother of Pat [BRE 1973], Elford, Stan, Margie Vernick, Bob, Kathie, and John. She leaves behind ten grandchildren and six great-grandchildren. Helen was a faithful and active member of Grace Church, Newmarket, and the Bogarttown Women’s Institute. Helen’s strong faith in God and in the atoning, substitutionary sacrice of Jesus Christ sustained and inuenced her life. Helen’s favourite verse was Psalm 18:2.

John (Jack) Longhurst [BTh 1966]
Jack was born on August 5, 1943, in London, Ontario. He was educated at LCBM and Gordon Conwell eological Seminary and served as pastor in Listowell, ON, and Edmonton, AB. He and his wife Penny moved with their children to Indonesia in 1981, where Jack taught at a seminary. Penny tragically died while swimming on October 20, 1981, yet Jack, with their three children, continued to serve the people that he had come to love. In 1985, Jack and his children returned to Edmonton, where he met and married Ruth Carolyn Kile. The family of eight moved to Calgary, where Jack and Ruth began their work pastoring at a new church and later at Nanton Baptist Church. In 1991, Jack took a job at ATCO Gas, where he worked for the next seventeen years.

Jack lived generously, whether with his time, his money, his home, or simply his presence. He was known for his great sense of humour and would cheer the loudest for his grandchildren, all 11 of them. For twenty-six years, Jack and Ruth enjoyed each other’s presence as best friends do and others toward God. He sought to model the love and grace of God in the way he treated others. His was a testimony of God’s goodness in spite of, and through, dicult circumstances. In his living and in his dying, Jack sought to recognize and declare God’s faithfulness.

Magdalena Martin (1952)
Magdalena Martin passed away peacefully on Monday, March 18, 2013, at the age of 95. Magdalena is lovingly remembered by her many nieces, nephews, and their families. During her time at TBC, Magdalena served as a member of the Missionary, Evangelistic, and Social Committees. Magdalena’s favourite verse was Philippians 4:7.

Eveline Robson (1945)
Eveline Robson (1920–2013) was proud to be a graduate of TBC. She enjoyed teaching many children throughout her career. During her time at TBC, Eveline was a soprano soloist and a member of the Evangelistic Choir and Ladies’ Double Trio. She served faithfully on the Music Committee and Evangelistic Band. Her favourite verse (while at TBC) was Psalm 37:4.

Edvard Torjesen (1947)
Members of the Torjesen family and friends gathered in Taiyuan, China, to celebrate the life of Edvard Torjesen who went home to his Saviour on September 8, 2012. Edvard was born in Hequ on February 17, 1924. He served with TEAM in China, Hong Kong, Taiwan, and Europe. As a TBC student, Edvard served on the Yonge Street Mission Committee and Graduating Class Executive. He was a choir member and served on the Cabinet as Evangelistic Leader.

Rev. Dr. Stanley E. Clark (1952)
Stanley was born on September 12, 1927. A respected teacher and church minister throughout Ontario, Stanley selessly provided much inspiration and hope to others during his long and fruitful life. Stanley passed away peacefully in his sleep, following a period of illness early in the morning of April 20 at the age of 85. Mercifully, Stanley can now rest in peace with his late beloved wife Jessie. Stanley, a TBC grad, is survived by two daughters, Christine and Sue; two sons, Robert and Stephen; and five grandchildren, Noah, Hope, Stanley, Stephen, and Natalia.