Farewell Capt. The Rev. J. A. Davidson
DAVIDSON, Rev. DR. J. A. (Jock) Born in Winnipeg, Man. June 25, 1919, passed away in Victoria on Friday, March 18, 2005. Jock is survived by a large and loving family: Marion (Brunsdon), his wife of 59 years, his sister Adele Parkhill (Jim) and his four children Margaret, Bill (Maion), Leslie (Lincoln Ford) and Jane (Boyd Norman). Jock was especially proud of and delighted by his nine grandchildren: Leah, Aaron, Samuel, Sarah, Naomi, Annie, Timothy, Natalie and Christopher. Jock’s extended family includes his nieces and nephews, brothers-in-law and sister-in-law. Jock grew up in North Battleford, Sask., the son of William and Helen. In 1942, Jock joined the Canadian forces in Europe as a member of the Royal Canadian Corps of Signals and as a signals officer in the Queen’s Own Rifles of Canada. He served with distinction and received the decoration, Mention in Despatches. Following the war, Jock attended St. Andrew’s College at the University of Saskatchewan and was ordained into the ministry of….READ MORE
Capt. The Rev. J.A. Davidson reads the heavy wooden nameplate that sits next to my desk at work. My Grandfather was known as “big J.A.” and I as “little J.A.”, since we share the same initials. He gave me his old nameplate many years ago in recognition of this connection.
Captain, because of his time in the army. He was a signals officer in WWII, and if my memory serves correctly, he landed in Normandy on D-Day+6 or so, and then spent a harrowing time on the front lines all the way through the flooded plains of Holland. After the war he became an army chaplain and conjured up my father and his three sisters. Hence the Reverend portion of the nameplate. It’s too bad the plate was made before he received his honorary PhD.
He died on friday, after several years of unfortunate deterioration from Alzheimer’s Disease.
This friday I’ll be flying out to Victoria for the memorial service on Saturday, so don’t expect any fresh postings until next week.
Currently reading: Otherland: River of Blue Fire (Vol II) by Tad Williams.