Rosemount Bible Church

Celebration Service for the Life of Jack Dawson

Saturday, January 4, 2014

Please note that due to copyright restrictions, all music has been edited out.
January 4, 2013
Order of Service:
-Prelude (Ron Thrall): Blessed Is The Man
-Welcome & Introduction (Gord Patterson)
-Prayer (David Sloan)
-Scripture Readings: Psalm 23, Isaiah 46:3-4, John 14:1-6, 1 Corinthians 15:51-58 (Phil Dawson, Ainsley Dawson)
-Congregational Hymn: Because He Lives
-Tributes (Rebecca Sloan, Ainsley Dawson, Caitlin Archipow, Ben Dawson)
-Reflections (Maureen Sloan, Pat Dawson)
-Solo: We Shall Behold Him (Ron Thrall)
-Scripture Readings: John 11:17-27, 1 Thessalonians 4:13-17, Revelation 21:1-7 (Andrew Dawson, Rachel Sloan)
-Reflections (David Dawson)
-Congregational Hymn: In Christ Alone
-Words of Comfort (Jim Whitelaw)
-Solo: Find Us Faithful
-Congregational Hymn: How Great Thou Art
-Closing Prayer (Gord Patterson)

Jack Dawson was the only child of John and Margaret (nee Greenhill). Born in Cowdenbeath, Scotland, he was raised in Montreal’s East End and grew up in the Depression years in poor circumstances. He accompanied his parents to Ebenezer Gospel Chapel from its very beginning in October 1929. Although he became a believer early, the reality of faith and the spiritual priorities of life were driven home for him in World War II when Jack became an RCAF Lancaster bomber pilot. He lost his best friends in the war but he gained a close walk with God – “under His wings you will find refuge” (Psalm 91). He flew his “Lanc”, the Piccadilly Princess across the Atlantic at war’s end, before he turned 21. He never again piloted a plane.

Jack married Kay Durnan in 1945 and together they raised a family, committing themselves to Christian ministries and to the church in Rosemount. Jack led the youth and the Sunday School, taught a Bible class and spearheaded the assembly’s first building expansion in the early 60’s. He was a printer for more than 40 years at the Montreal Star then the Gazette but chose to accept only those promotions that allowed him to continue to give himself to the Lord’s service in Youth For Christ, Welcome Hall Mission, Publications Chrétiennes and many other ministries. His heart was passionately committed to the Christian community at Rosemount where he served as an elder, pastor-teacher and mentor.

When Kay developed advanced cancer, Jack retired to take care of her, unswervingly. Joyful times came again in 1985 when Jack married Maureen Parnell and they served together at Rosemount Bible Church. He loved much and he was much loved.

Jack cherished visits to his Lake Harrington cottage, going out to “catch the big one” with family, gardening, building, and golfing. He loved visiting Maureen’s family in Ontario and in Kentucky. Wintering in Boca Raton, he enjoyed many close friendships at the Chapel there. The last five years he lived through progressive disabilities in the CHSLD VIGI Mont-Royal where Maureen cared for him faithfully. There he would ask, “Who is speaking Sunday at Rosemount?” and would pray for the speaker and the service. At the VIGI, Jack touched the lives of many staff through his graciousness, gratefulness and pastoral heart. He was like a father and pastor to many of them. Just like Rosemount.

Jack Dawson peacefully went home to be with the Lord he loved on December 23rd at 10:40 pm. Maureen, Dave and Pat, Debbie and Heinz, Ruth and David, Maureen and Paul, Nancy, Keith and 16 grandchildren and great-grandchildren – we all look forward to reunion in the Resurrection.