Lemon, The Reverend Canon, David Ernest: August 23, 1925 – August 9th, 2017
Peacefully in his 92nd year was delivered into the loving arms of God on Wednesday, August 9th, 2017. Greatly loved by his wife Reta Jean (nee Turpin) for over 66 years. Deeply missed by sons Paul and Mark, and much loved by his daughter and son-in-law, Rebecca and William Armstrong. Adored grandfather to Jessica, Francois, Shasta, Molly, Liam and Sarah. Revered by his great-grandson Gabriel. May God receive you into his warm embrace and his house forever.
Predeceased by his brother Howard (1923 – 1988) and survived by his brother, Robert Stanley Lemon and sister-in-law Delores (nee Altstatter) of St. Louis, U.S.A. Remembered fondly by his many nieces, nephews and lifelong friends. David remained in active contact with his extended family right up until the time of his death.
David graduated from the University of Toronto in 1948 with a Bachelor of Arts degree. Ordained deacon in 1950 for work at Sheppard Ave West as student in charge. Graduated from Wycliffe College with an honours L.Th. in 1951 and ordained Priest of the Anglican Church in Canada in April 29th, 1951. Appointed incumbent of the three point parish of Stayner, Sunnidale and Wasaga Beach in May of 1951. David took time from his first appointment to marry the love of his life, Reta Jean Turpin on June 2nd, 1951 in the parish Church of Colborne (Trinity). In September 1954 David received his post graduate degree, Bachelor of Divinity, from General Synod and Wycliffe College. After 4 years in Stayner, he was given the task of establishing and building the new parish of St.
Hilary’s Church in Mississauga. From St. Hilary’s he and his family moved to Lindsay in October 1961 to take up the position as Rector of St. Paul’s Lindsay.
During David’s ministry in Lindsay, he was appointed Regional Dean and ultimately made a Canon of St. James Cathedral in the Diocese of Toronto on November 30th, 1972. David’s final move in active Ministry was in 1973 when he was appointed Rector to the Church of the Transfiguration in North Toronto. On January 31, 1990 David retired from active ministry and moved to Don Mills, Ontario where he lived up until his death.
David was born in the Rectory of St. Luke’s Mono Centre in 1925 to The Reverend Robert and Phyllis Lemon (nee Thirkettle). He graduated from Brighton High School in the spring of 1945 and from there did his post-secondary studies in the University of Toronto.
An active member of the Church Camp Corporation of Innisfil Ontario, David represented two generations of Lemon at the Camp. Being actively involved in all aspect of Camp life at various points Chairman and Secretary of the Corporation.
David leaves many friends behind from the Camp community.
Cremation has taken place on August 11th, his funeral service will be at St.Paul’s Boor street Anglican Church (227 Bloor Street East Toronto) on Wednesday September 20th, 2017 at 11:00 am. In lieu of flowers, donations to The Primate’s World Relief and Development Fund, Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre or the Heart and Stroke foundation would be appreciated by the family.