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VALE The Rev Canon John Livingstone died on October 30. Born John Robert Livingstone on January 31, 1941, he grew up in a clergy household, firstly in the Flinders Ranges parish of Willochra – where his father David worked with Bush Church Aid – followed by Auburn and, in 1954, Kingsford, when David Livingstone became rector of the parish. It was here that John met his future wife Jan. Mrs Livingstone said in her husband’s eulogy that young John Livingstone “earned a name for himself as always being up to something”. He attended nearby Sydney Boys’ High School, while Mrs Livingstone attended the girls’ school next door, and she recalled “John marching through the Sydney Girls’ High School playground, which was forbidden to boys, playing his bugle at the end of school muck-up day. My friends and I were horrified – because John was disregarding the rules,

and especially because it was the minister’s son!” Having said that, Canon Livingstone also took his faith seriously. A p ost-Graham Crusade teaching mission at Kingsford, led by Leon Morris, helped cement the conviction that God was calling him into the ministry. He began his studies at Moore College at the now unheard-of age of 19 and was ordained in 1964, prior to spending four years as curate at All Saints’, Hunters Hill. In 1969, the family moved to the provisional parish of Rooty

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Hill, and in 1973 to the then new 1987-1993. After this he became housing district of Green Valley/ rector of Bowral, where he Sadleir. It was around this time served until his retirement in that Canon Livingstone took up 2006. an additional role as director of However, as the Rev Richard the New Areas Committee in Mills, who led the funeral the Diocese, which he held until service, noted, “John never he was called to the parish of really grasped the concept of Normanhurst in 1978. retirement”. The Livingstones During the 12 happy years “retired” to Mittagong, where Mr a t N o r m a n h u r s t , C a n o n Mills was rector at the time, and Livingstone met Indian pastor when Mr Mills invited Canon the Rev Vinay Samuel, who had Livingstone to join the church’s established a ministry in one of ministry staff part-time, he the poorest areas of Bangalore. happily accepted. The two churches entered into a Said Mrs Livingstone: “I’m sure “sister” parish partnership, with that invitation made retirement members learning from and bearable for him... John loved supporting each other in their every moment of what he was work for the gospel. called to do. I know he wasn’t Canon Livingstone was a the perfect clergyman, but he strong supporter of Mothers’ loved people and wanted them to Union and, through it, the know who Jesus is – that we are leadership roles Mrs Livingstone saved by grace, through faith, undertook with both MU Sydney and this not from ourselves it is and MU Australia. He was also the gift of God. the director of Care Force “I know he trusted God with – part of the Home Mission every part of his being and that Society (now Anglicare) – from heaven is his true home.”

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