Magazine article Anglican Journal

Priest Marks 70th Anniversary: Retirement Barely Slowed 97-Year-Old

Magazine article Anglican Journal

Priest Marks 70th Anniversary: Retirement Barely Slowed 97-Year-Old

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Canon Felix Honeygold recently celebrated a milestone few clerics reach--his 70th anniversary of ordination as a priest in the Anglican Church of Canada.

Ordained on Nov. 28, 1937, Mr. Honeygold, 97, became a deacon to the Anglican parish of Port de Grave, Nfld.; he also spent seven years serving the communities on the Northern Peninsula, which includes the fishing centre of Port au Choix.

"He often traveled by foot, carrying everything in a backpack weighing more than 40 pounds," said The Telegram newspaper in a 2003 article about Mr. Honeygold's 65th anniversary as a priest. Mr. Honeygold often relied on residents to provide him with lodging, it added.

He also served St. Michael and All Angels church in St. John's as rector for 20 years until he retired in 1976 to help care for his ailing wife, Mary; she died in 1986.

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Upon retirement, Mr. Honeygold began visiting the sick in hospitals and the elderly in nursing homes. "When I retired, I became his chauffeur. He wore me out," joked his son, Peter. He told the Anglican Journal that his father often started his rounds at 1:30 p. …

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