This morning, 26 August 2020, our beloved husband, father, and grandfather, Ellis, went to be with the Lord and Saviour he loved and served.
We thank God for him. My dad was of gracious and strong stature, deeply rooted in faith and love for Jesus and His love for us. He was someone who grappled with tough subjects. Despite the aggressive brain cancer that made articulating his thoughts difficult, he continued to believe that God’s purposes prevail and are beyond our understanding. Less than a month ago he was sharing with a group of friends from the life of Job. This Scripture is one which speaks profoundly:
1 Then Job replied to the Lord:
2 “I know that you can do all things;
no purpose of yours can be thwarted.
3 You asked, ‘Who is this that obscures my plans without knowledge?’
Surely I spoke of things I did not understand,
things too wonderful for me to know.
4 “You said, ‘Listen now, and I will speak;
I will question you,
and you shall answer me.’
5 My ears had heard of you
but now my eyes have seen you.
We are so grateful that the things about God of which Ellis heard and of which he spoke and marveled, he now sees and experiences fully.
We will miss this wise, generous and humble man. We will miss his sense of humour and the way he lived in service of the Lord and others. My mom will miss her partner of 52 years of marriage. We will also remember and celebrate the massive impact he has had on us all.
We have experienced God’s kindness and faithfulness in so many ways as we felt Him journeying with us in bringing my dad to his ultimate home. We are at peace and filled with deep gratitude to God for the countless expressions of His love. We would be grateful for your continuing prayers for us.
In the days ahead we will provide details for a small in-person memorial service that will be made available online.
With deep love and gratitude, and on behalf of Ruth, David and our families,