Remembering Canon Sid Davies

Published on June 30, 2013
Canon Sid Davies, pictured here with wife Ruth at his 100th birthday party, died on June 25. He was 101. – Wendy Elliott,

A much-loved Anglican minister died peacefully at the age of 101 on June 25.

A native of Plymouth, England, Canon Sid Davies immigrated in 1930, graduated from Bishop's University and then took charge of three Ottawa Valley congregations.

After his ordination in 1939, he was sent to Prince Edward Island. While there, he had to struggle on unplowed winter roads in horse and sleigh to reach his varied congregations.

Later, Davies used a bicycle to travel because gasoline was rationed. During those frugal years and with a young family, potato soup was all too frequently on the supper menu. In 1950, he decided to join the Canadian Bible Society, where he was in charge of the Cape Breton and Newfoundland region. In this role, Davies traveled extensively, doing public speaking and launching an innovative radio program to reach the outports. In rural areas without electricity, he used a Coleman lantern to project slides.

In 1953, he went to St. John's. Becoming a rector, Canon Davies remained until 1962, increasing the size of his large urban congregation. In fact, two new churches were constructed in the parish.

For three years, Davies served as Diocesan Commissioner for Nova Scotia and PEI. Then he gave up the traveling life and took over first Christ Church in Amherst, then North Sydney and Waverly.

At the age of 67, he and his first wife, Muriel, moved to Kentville, where he became assistant at St. James. Serving 14 years there, he shifted to the parish of Cornwallis as assistant and then priest in charge for two years.

An outstanding volunteer as well as a dedicated clergyman, Davies was proud of the recognition he was awarded by the Canadian VON and the Scouting movement. In 1993, he received an honorary degree from the Atlantic School of Theology.

A hospice pioneer in the Valley, he hoped to live until a facility was constructed. The tender has now been called.

At the age of 101, Davies continued to occasionally conduct services from his wheelchair. Archbishop Fred Hiltz called him a “faithful minister, a caring and conscientious pastor and a strong teacher of the faith.”

He died in Arlington at the home he shared with his second wife, Ruth. His funeral service will take place at 3 p.m. on July 5 at St. James Anglican Church in Kentville.