Roy Bell

Roy Bell, former Pastor at Strathcona Baptist Church (Edmonton, AB), First Baptist Church Calgary, AB and First Baptist Vancouver, BC, and former Principal of Carey Theological College, passed away Thursday May 11th, 2017 in Duncan, BC, 2 days after his wife Elizabeth and he marked their 65th wedding anniversary. More to follow.

Rev. Dalton Grant

Our beloved Pastor Emeritus, the Rev. Dalton Grant, left this life and entered into heaven on Tuesday, March 28, 2017 where he will live for eternity with his Lord and all those there with him. We will forever be grateful for Dalton’s loving determination in pastoring and prayer, for his desire for relational well-being, and for his wisdom in looking at life both within the church and outside of it. Dalton has been the Pastor Emeritus at McLaurin Memorial Baptist Church for the past twenty years, and before that, served as the Director of Pastoral Care for many, many years. In so many ways, we will miss Dalton, and already are. Our prayers and support are with Ruby, their daughters Chalaundrai and Cynthia, and their grand-daughter and other relatives who are all in the United States.

LaVerne Louise Waldock

The Reverend LaVerne Louise Waldock (nee Lofgren) passed away peacefully on Wednesday, February 8, 2017 in Calgary, AB. She was born September 30, 1932 in San Jose, California and lived a full life in the USA, Canada, India, France, Zaire, Kenya, and Sri Lanka. Her career included teaching, ministering, cataloguing an academic library, and establishing programs to assist women in developing countries. She is dearly loved and will be sorely missed by her husband (Ray Waldock of 65 years), her children (Elizabeth, Deborah, and David), her 8 grandchildren, and 5 great grandchildren. A Memorial Service was held at St. Andrew’s Presbyterian Church in Calgary on Monday, February 13, 2017.


Martha Agnes Easter

It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of Martha Agnes Easter (nee Worthy) on January 9, 2017. Martha was born in Shaunavon, SK on November 4, 1935 and was the youngest of 4 children. She is survived by her husband (John) and 3 children (Martha Jean, Ian, and Elizabeth). Martha and John ministered in Nigeria and later were posted as CBM missionaries to India where they lived for 19 years. She was involved in the international school as dorm parent, teacher, nurse, bible study leader, and musician. She also used her gifts to help transform the lives of women in local villages. They worked at First Baptist Church in Victoria before retiring and making Laurier Heights Baptist Church (Edmonton) their home.


David Holte

Flower #6May 4 — The CBWC was saddened to learn of the passing of David Holte, a long-time member of Bonavista Baptist in Calgary and former member of both the CBWC’s Board and the Board of the CBWC Foundation, on April 29.

David graduated from the University of British Columbia in 1968 with a Bachelor of Commerce degree from the Faculty of Commerce and Business Administration. He was hired by Proctor and Gamble in Toronto and acquired his MBA in 1972 from York University. In 1973 Proctor and Gamble moved him to head office in Cincinnati  for two years. In 1975 the company moved him (and his wife Mary and daughter Merydth) to Helsinki, Finland where he was VP Finance. Whilst in Finland David and Mary both became active in establishing what today is known as the International Evangelical Church of Finland.  After three years in Finland he was transferred back to Toronto where after a year he was head hunted and moved to Brantford, Ontario to become the VP Finance and Secretary- Treasurer of S.C. Johnson and Son (Johnson’s Wax). He was with them for ten years. While in Brantford, the family attended Queensway Baptist Church.

He was then head-hunted again and in 1988 the family moved to Calgary Alberta where he became the VP Finance of Palm Dairies. Eventually he met his long time business partner, Brian Foster, who is now the president/director of Operation Eyesight in Calgary. He and Brian established  their own business and for 12 or so years ran Murray Axsmith Western. They eventually sold the business and Dave spent the last ten years of his working life coaching CEO’s. In 2009, he and Mary retired and moved to Vancouver Island.

David became a Christian during his university years and and served the Lord with his whole heart since he was baptized in 1963.   The family attended Bonavista Baptist from the moment they moved to Calgary.  He was a much loved member there and served as an Elder and Chair of the board for quite a few terms. Together with Mary, his wife of 50 years, he was active in the Alpha program.   He also served on the board of Trinity Lodge, the Alberta Executive and the CBWC Foundation for many years.  We would also like to thank Mary for her dedication as a long-time member of Women in Focus who was instrumental in developing the Gifted and Called workshops.

Since moving to the Nanaimo area of Vancouver Island, David and Mary have been actively involved in St. Mary’s Anglican Church. David often advised the Parish Council and was Envelope Secretary for seven years. Mary is  currently the People’s Warden.

David was a gentle man with many gifts least among them his wisdom and his ability to vision long term. He was an incredible mentor to those both in the church and many in the business community. Throughout David’s long life, the Lord was able to do much through David, His willing servant.

The CBWC’s Executive Director, Jeremy Bell, recalls David as “a lovely man and a valued, wise and kind presence”.

A memorial service will be held at St. Mary’s Anglican Church, 2600 Powder Point Road on May 24th at 11 am.

David was much loved and will be much missed.  We are deeply grateful for his service to God and His people.  Please remember David’s family in your prayers during this difficult time.

Judy Hoefling

flower1May 3 — We mourn the passing of Judy Hoefling, who was embraced in the arms of Jesus on April 26 after a long journey with cancer.
Judy had been the CBWC’s dedicated Administrative Assistant for the Alberta Region from 2002 until 2009.  For those of us at the CBWC who knew Judy, it was a privilege to work with her.  She was a godly, capable woman confident in God’s promises.
Please remember Judy’s husband Ron and their three daughters and one son during these difficult days.
A memorial service will be held at Trinity Baptist in Edmonton at a date to be announced.

Jean Hewitt

Flower #6January 26, 2016 — We are saddened to learn that Jean Hewitt, a long-time member of Baptist Women of Western Canada and Women in Focus, in Calgary passed away on January 20, 2016 at the age of 94.

Jean was born  on September 25, 1921 and raised in Calgary.  She lived in Calgary all of her life. The first female bank teller in Calgary, she was a champion of women’s rights. She was full partner in Gordon Hewitt Construction and worked tirelessly and enthusiastically as a volunteer and leader in her church and beyond.

Jean is survived by her four sons and two daughters-in-law. Tom (Shirley), Paul, Russ, and Bruce (Susan); as well as by her grandchildren Kelli Vance, Sean Hewitt (Megan) and Kim Fedyshen; five great-grandchildren as well as by her sister Irma Nelson, seven nieces and nephews; and numerous great-nieces and nephews. Also surviving Jean is her honorary son Henry Le (Sarianna, Jenny and Michael). Jean was predeceased by her beloved husband Gordon in 1989; her sister Ruth Fletcher; her daughter-in-law Cheryl Hewitt of Calgary, Alberta; her brother-in- law Louis Nelson of Lacombe, Alberta; her sister- in-law and brother-in-law Ruth and Phil Jones of Vernon, British Columbia; and a great-nephew Michael.

Those wishing to pay their respects may do so at Westview Baptist Church, Fireside Room (1313 Ranchlands Way NW) on Thursday, January 28, 2016 from 12:00 to 1:00 p.m Funeral Services will be held at Westview Baptist Church (1313 Ranchlands Way NW) on Thursday, January 28, 2016 at 1:00 p.m. Graveside Service on Friday, January 29, 2016 at 10:00 a.m., Mountain View Memorial Gardens. Condolences may be forwarded through In living memory of Jean Hewitt, a tree will be planted at Fish Creek Provincial Park. – See more at:

Please pray for Jean’s family and friends during this difficult time, yet rejoice also, knowing that Jean is now home with her Lord Jesus Christ.

Catherine Dorothy Farr

flower2With great sadness, we announce the passing of Catherine Dorothy Farr, who went to be with God on January 20, 2016.  She is reunited with her beloved husband Jack and other family  members who made the journey before her.
Catherine spent a lifetime in service to her Lord. As the wife and partner of a Baptist minister, Catherine and her husband Jack led congregations in Mt. Brydges Ontario, Toronto, Vancouver, Calgary, Winnipeg and Victoria.
She was sleeping peacefully when she left to meet God, relieved from years filled with immense and constant physical pain due to cancer and other health issues.  She was predeceased by her wonderful husband Jack of Ladysmith BC and her younger brother Doug Baker (Harriet) of Greenville South Carolina.  She is survived by her older brother Ken Baker (Doris) of Oakville Ontario, her children Ted Farr (Terrie) of West Kelowna BC, Frances Schneidmiller (Merv) of Mill Bay BC, Doug Farr of Victoria BC, Shirley Farr of Calgary AB and Cathy Kokot (Cal) of Calgary AB.  She has five grandchildren: Jonathan Farr (deceased), Natalie Murphy (Rob), Megan Schneidmiller, Nathan Schneidmiller and Jarrod Kokot. She also has one great grandson, Jonathan Murphy.
Catherine was born in Brantford Ontario where she graduated high school, met Jack and married him after he returned from duty in World War II. She was an intelligent, vibrant, stylish and colourful personality.  Family members fondly recall that she was not wallflower. She was never without lipstick. Even as she lay in her hospital bed, given a choice between lip moisturizer and lipstick, she chose lipstick every time.  Catherine and music walked hand in hand throughout her life.  Her homes always had a piano, often an organ too.  She played and sang all the time, trios, quartets, choirs, sing-alongs and whenever the church needed an organist or piano music.  When she moved into a care facility last year, the one thing that went with her was a piano.  Music was her solace.
Catherine will be laid to rest in Chemainus BC next to her beloved husband Jack.
Please pray for Catherine’s family and friends during this difficult time.

Lorne Irwin

flower2The CBWC was saddened to learn of the passing of Lorne Irwin on May 5, 2015 at the age of 90. Lorne was a much loved member of our CBWC family and had served in many of our churches in Alberta and Saskatchewan. Most recently, he was Pastor Emeritus at First Baptist Church in Calgary. Despite our loss, we rejoice that he is now home with God.

Lorne was born in La Verne CA on February 24, 1925, the youngest of 10 children.  From the 1960’s to 1980’s, Ron served as pastor at many CBWC churches including Altadore Baptist and Bowness Baptist in Calgary, Crescent Heights Baptist in Edmonton, First Baptist in Moose Jaw, First Baptist in Red Deer, High River Baptist and First Baptist in Olds. Next to God, the church and his family, he loved farming

He was married to Kathleen Irwin for 67 years, who survives him, and leaves behind five children, Lynda, Ron, Janet, Philip and Rebecca and their spouses as well as many grandchildren.

A memorial service will be held at First Baptist in Calgary on Friday, May 8 at 2 pm. Please remember Lorne’s family and friends in your prayers.

Robert Bentall

flower #5The CBWC mourns the loss of Robert (Bob) Bentall on December 22, 2014.  Bob was well-known as a member of the Bentall family which has been a pillar of the CBWC for many decades.  He was the husband of wife Lynda and father of Laura Nelson, senior pastor at Olivet Baptist in New Westminster, BC, Rob Bentall, Ruth Blake and step-daughter Leigh-Ann.

Bob was the youngest son of business icon Charles Bentall and took over the responsibility for the real estate empire his father created in 1975. In 1988, Bob and his wife Lynda started the CEDAR Foundation to provide education to thousands of young people around the world and spark social change.  It continues to be an important contribution to the lives of many.

Bob leaves behind his wife Lynda, his children, nine grandchildren and three great-grandchildren. He was predeceased by his father Charles, his mother Edna, his first wife Thelma and his brothers Howard and Clark.

A memorial service for Bob will be held on January 22, 2015 at 3 pm at West Vancouver Baptist Church in West Vancouver, BC.