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The Rev’d Canon Caldwell “Cal” Allison Roe McMillan

Posted: Aug 7, 2018

The Rev’d Canon Caldwell “Cal” Allison Roe McMillan

It is with sorrow that we share the news of the death of the Rev’d Canon Cal McMillan in Nova Scotia on Saturday August 4th, 2018 surrounded by his loving wife Mary, and family.  We give thanks for Canon Cal’s faithful and devoted service to Christ’s church for over half a century, and for his ministry in the Diocese of Algoma from 1995 to 2000. He served as the Incumbent of St. Alban the Martyr in Capreol and St. Mark’s in Garson. He also served as Regional Dean for Sudbury/Manitoulin for three years, and was made an Honourary Canon of St. Luke’s Cathedral in May 1999 on the 125th Anniversary of the Diocese. 

Christ was central to Canon Cal’s life. He said: “Everything else that I am depends on this central factor.”   Canon Cal always encouraged his parishioners to practice the love of God in the wider community, including how to stay open to those who found themselves on the margins of society. His strong desire was to encourage people of different ages and spiritual temperaments to work and worship together, and to offer their best in God’s service.  He had a love for the Book of Common Prayer and its reverent, worshipful style, but he also embraced the ‘inclusive, involving and pastoral Book of Alternative Services’. 

Following his retirement from active ministry in August 2000, Canon Cal and Mary moved to the Annapolis Valley in Nova Scotia where they enjoyed the closeness of friends and family. They maintained their friendship with Algoma and parishioners they’d connected with over the years.  He and Bishop Anne have been in regular contact since her consecration, praying for each other in their daily life and work. They enjoyed a conversation on the phone a few weeks ago and gave thanks for the ‘ties that bind’ us together in the love of Christ.

Canon Cal’s obituary can be found here. Please hold him and his family in your prayers as they prepare to say their formal goodbyes. May he rest in the peace of Christ and rise again in glory. 

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