Sunday, March 3, 2013

Grampy, Pope, Me

Grampy is now buried next to his wife, Jennie. It was a good funeral - as far as funerals go; a great eulogy by my mom!

Here is the obit, as well as a great picture of my gramps. (He's the reason why I wear those caps, BTW)

Ira Urquhart

Ira Urquhart
URQUHART, IRA - Ira Webster Urquhart passed away on Monday, February 25, 2013 at the Saint John Regional Hospital. Born on July 2, 1918 in Kars, N.B. He was the son of the late Lloyd and Irene (Webster) Urquhart. Loving husband of the late Jennie (Smith) Urquhart. Ira served during the second world war at Aldershot, N.S. Ira was a member of the Carpenters Union and worked in Saint John for Alvin Flewelling, R.A. Woods and Wayne Moore. He was a member of Cornerstone Baptist Church, (Central Baptist) and recently resided at McKellar’s Special Care Home. He is survived by his daughter, Carolyn Kerr, of Dartmouth, N.S., Sherry (Quentin) Langille, of Sussex, N.B.; brothers, Rev. Murray (Evelyn) of Hatfield Point, Clarence Urquhart, of Kars; six grandsons, Kevin, Colin, Gareth Kerr, Nathan, Brandon, Morgan Langille; seventeen great-grandchildren; numerous nieces, nephews and cousins. Besides his parents, he was predeceased by his loving wife, Jennie (Smith) Urquhart; brothers, Howard, Hazen and Willard; sisters, Evelyn and Cora; son-in-law, Dr. Stephen Kerr.
Resting at Castle Funeral Home, “Fallsview Chapel”, 309 Lancaster Avenue, Saint John West, (634-1701). Visitation will take place on Wednesday, February 27, 2013 from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. A funeral service will be held on Thursday, February 28, 2013 at 2 p.m. from Castle Funeral Home. Interment will take place in the Cedar Hill Extension Cemetery. There will be a reception held at the Fallsview Reception Center following interment. Donations in Ira’s memory may be made to the charity of the donor’s choice. Online condolences may be placed at

I had not been home in 3.5 years. My observation: reduced scale. Everything is so much smaller than I remember it being.


I am not liking all this speculation over who will be the next pope. Sure, there is the side of things that it is supposed to be the choice of the Holy Spirit - and all of this speculating sounds a little too political. That bothers me a bit, but it's not all.

Part of it is that I don't see a really outstanding papabile - other than Cardinal Ouellet, of course. I have no right to say this, though, quite simply because I don't know anything about any of these Cardinals. But how extraordinary is Bertone, one of the front-runners? Sure, Scola is pretty impressive... maybe I am simply a priori against an Italian? And the other front-runner, Scherer - how can someone appreciate the candidacy of someone who is apparently only on the list for a non-personal reason - his place of birth? Turkson I dismiss for this reason too. I would be embarrassed were the Cardinals to chose someone for a reason like this.

Anyway, I trust that God knows what He is doing. The secular media have certainly done a good job of making all of these candidates look pretty run-of-the-mill.


Please keep me in your prayers, as I muddle on bravely...


  1. Sorry about your grandfather's passing, Colin. You and your family are in my prayers.

  2. Yes, Christine, please keep praying! Thanks so much.

  3. For the pope, all we can do is pray. May the Lord bless our cardinals and choose the one who fits the job well. Anyway, thank you for sharing your story. My condolences to your grandfather. I will be praying for him and may he rest in peace. May you find strength and may the Lord bless you. :)

  4. I always pray for you. Drew B.