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LYNAS – Rev. Joseph Martin

November 26, 1927 – April 22, 2011

Reverend Joseph Martin Lynas B.A., B.D.,M.Th. “The Leprechaun has gone Home”. After saying ‘au revoir’ to his loved ones on Friday April 22, 2011, Good Friday, his beloved wife of fifty-four years Meta, his daughter Heather and her husband Dieter their sons Neil and Kevin, his daughter Joy and her husband Sandy, his son Robin and his wife Jackie and their children Samantha and Taylor and all his friends he passed on to a fuller life with God.

He was born November 26, 1927 in Belfast N.I. where he attended St. Mark’s Elementary and Belfast High School. He graduated in Arts at Queen’s University, Belfast and took Theology at Edgehill Methodist College, Belfast. He was ordained into the Ministry at Stephen’s Green Methodist Church, Dublin, in June 1954. He later obtained two degrees from St. Stephen’s United Theological College in Edmonton. He married Meta Jackson R.N. in 1957 and thereafter began a team ministry. They served on the Pettigo Circuit situated on the Fermanagh & Donegal border (5 yrs) then to Holywood, County Down (6 yrs). The next stop was after immigration to Canada at Didsbury, Alberta (8yrs). Next was Southminster United, Calgary (17yrs). Martin was a regular contributor and organized ‘Thought for the Day’ that aired for many years on local TV. Retirement came in 1993 but work continued when Martin became Pastoral Assistant (8yrs), at Varsity Acres Presbyterian Church. They then worshipped and sometimes served in several churches in Calgary. In 1984 Martin was Grand Chaplain of the Grand Lodge of Alberta Free Masons. In 2004 he celebrated his 50th year of ordination and was also designated Minster Emeritus of Living Spirit United Church. Throughout his long ministry his sermons frequently evoked laughter. He set two targets in ministry; Pastoral Care and Ecumenical Affairs. He now serves in the Church Triumphant awaiting the arrival of his partner, Meta, to resume their continued ministry in Christ’s service above.

A Memorial Service will be held at St. Matthew’s United Church, (2039-26A Street SW, Calgary) on Saturday, April 30, 2011 at 2:00 p.m. Forward condolences through www.mcinnisandholloway.com. In lieu of flowers donations may be made directly to the Heart & Stroke Foundation of Alberta, 200, 119 – 14th Street N.W., Calgary, AB T2N 1Z6 Telephone: (403) 264-5549, www.heartandstroke.ca.

In living memory of Rev. Martin Lynas, a tree will be planted at Fish Creek Provincial Park by McINNIS & HOLLOWAY FUNERAL HOMES Park Memorial Chapel, 5008 ELBOW DRIVE S.W. Telephone: (403)243-8200

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  1. Dad i can’t sleep this is for you

    Excuse me as I weep
    remembering the man he was
    he cared and tended to others
    and ministered to his flock.
    He never complained or wavered
    in his devotion to our Lord
    he was your faithful servant
    he was a friend to all

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  2. Taylor Lynas :

    Thank you for being there, for the years I was young,and I as I grew older. I will always remember you, through stories you will never be forgotten. I believe that you will be there, in spirit if not flesh.

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  3. Lisbeth Duncan :

    George and I, along with our mothers, Agnes and Jean, send our heartfelt sympathies to Martin’s family as we sincerely sympathize in your loss. Such wonderful memories will remain with us as an important part of our lives.

    Love from Lisbeth

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  4. Patrick Cummins :

    Sincere condolences to Meta and family from the Cummins families, Margaret, Patrick and Andrew.

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  5. Dearest Meta, Heather, Joy, Robin & families:

    Words can not suffice to express my heartfelt loss for all of you. The wonderful memories of Martin will help through the rough spots and we can all look forward to seeing him again in heaven.

    Love and sincere condolences,

    Lynne Grose

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  6. Lenore Ellard :

    Dear Meta and Family:

    I was so sorry to hear about the passing of Martin. I had the privilege to work with him for five years at Varsity Acres Presbyterian Church. He was always a delight and made our staff meetings fun. I will be away for the funeral, but my thoughts and prayers will be with all of you.

    Lenore Ellard
    Church Secretary

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  7. Dear Meta and family:

    God’s good servant, Martin, will be sorely missed by all who knew him. I will miss being at the funeral, due to my own surgery, but my thoughts and prayers will be with you and your family. Alice Hope

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  8. Sandy Hutcheson :

    Thank you for being their for me and Joy, for your love, caring & understanding. We will miss you dearly.

    Love Joy & Sandy, Emma, Blackie and Major.

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  9. Mary Galbraith :

    My thoughts & prayers are with you Meta & your family in this difficult time. Martin will certainly be missed. Take Care and God Bless….. Mary & the Galbraith Family

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  10. Brad and Sandra Baillod :

    Dear Meta, Heather, Joy, Robin and Families:

    Brad and I were quite shaken by the sad news of Martin’s passing. He taught, supported, and inspired us and our families over the years. Thank you for sharing him. We will miss his stories, and kind wit. Our thoughts and prayers are with you in the months ahead.

    Sincere condolences,
    Sandra and Brad

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  11. George and Glenda Klinck :

    To the Lynas Family

    We send our Sincerest Sympathy on the passing of loved one, Martin Lynas. We held Rev. Lynas in very High Regard.
    Our memories go back to the 70’s at Westcott United Church.
    Sincerely,

    George and Glenda Klinck

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  12. Inger and Ejvind Villadsen :

    Sincere condolences to Meta and family from Inger And Ejvind Villadsen

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  13. Sharon and John Wilson :

    Thought provoking, humerous,Kind/Wise, gentle and with a beautiful twinkle in his eyes. These are the images that come to mind. He will be sorely missed, but our loss is God’s gain. Rest in peace.

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  14. Samantha Lynas :

    Grandpa, I will always love you no matter what. The concept of your death is still so hard for me to grasp. I don’t feel that you’re gone, I feel that you’re sitting at home having tea with Grandma. I love you so much, you were always there for me and I know that you always will be.
    Love Samantha

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  15. What a lovely man to have left us so soon . All the work you did in Holywood Co Down ,
    Northern Ireland will never be forgotten.

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