That this Executive Council expresses its appreciation of the work of our Chaplains in the Armed Services and sends its greetings to them, and its best wishes for God's continued blessing upon them in their important ministry, and would further couple with this resolution a warm tribute to the Rt. Rev. I.A. Norris, Bishop of Brandon, on the devoted and able leadership he provides to this area of the Church's mission as our Bishop Ordinary to the forces. CARRIED
That this NEC include in its minutes the MSCC Sub-Executive Committee tribute to the late Rt. Rev. I.A. Norris. CARRIED
The whole community of the Church in Canada was shocked and saddened to learn of the sudden death on January 24, 1969 of the Right Reverend Ivor Arthur Norris, Bishop of Brandon. Almost all of his ministry was conducted in the Diocese of Brandon where his relationships with the people committed to his care, particularly the Indians in the North, were very close and where he was held in the highest respect by peoples of all faiths. But this was only the starting place for a world-wide ministry as Chairman of the Department of Missions of the Anglican Church of Canada and first Bishop Ordinary to the Armed Forces, in which he had served as Chaplain. In such capacities, Bishop Norris exercised his great administrative ability, and also travelled the world frequently, ministering to the Forces and furthering relationships and strengthening ties between the Church in Canada and other parts of the world, especially the underdeveloped nations. He never lost the human touch. This is exemplified in his deep involvement in community affairs in Brandon, as long time Board member of the Brandon General Hospital, Chairman of the Brandon Community Chest, and prime mover in the establishment of the Victorian Order of Nurses in the city, as well as in the deep pastoral concern he showed in his contacts with clergy and laity, and young and old alike. As his ministry grew, so he grew in spiritual stature and leadership. He will be sorely missed. To his family, particularly to his sons David and Edward and his sister Eileen, the sympathy of the members of the Executive of the Department of Mission is extended, with the prayer that rejoicing in his faith and example they may go forward secure in the love of God whom he served, and with the sure hope of the Resurrection to Eternal Life.