Primate's Wife Looking Forward to Life in Toronto

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Three years ago, Lynne Samways Hiltz vehemently declared, in a casual conversation, that she would never move to Toronto. Her husband, Bishop Fred Hiltz, now primate-elect, at the time had withdrawn his name from consideration in that primatial election, saying he felt he was not ready. Clearly, that was just fine with his wife.

A lot has happened since 2004. Now, she said, "I am very content with Fred letting his name stand. I support him and we are ready." Ms. Samways Hiltz, 53, known for her bubbly, expressive personality, said there had been both sad and happy changes in her life in the last few years that influenced her. "I was very close to my sister in Halifax. She passed away last December, but her two daughters are coming to attend school in Toronto," she said

Another draw for the Hiltzes is that their son, Nathan, 26, is a jazz guitarist and music teacher in Toronto. "He started with piano and played sax in the school band and when he discovered jazz, that was it," she said.

Wiping away tears and accepting the congratulations of a stream of people in the aisles of Winnipeg's Holy Trinity Church after her husband's election was announced, Ms. Samways Hiltz said she hopes the church continues to show him the love and support demonstrated by his election. "Fred is very humble. He would never feel he would be worthy (of such a position). He has an awesome sense of responsibility," she said, adding, "I don't want the job to kill him."

Ms. Samways Hiltz said it may not be too much of an adjustment to cope with the travel demands the position will put on her husband. …