Re: Passing of Fr George Bielay - link to photos
There are photos of Fr. George here - in the top picture, he is
exiting the altar by the south door, not vested, and in the lower
photo, he is on the far left, vested.
--- In email@example.com, "cantor71" <gskok@...> wrote:
> Fathers and friends,
> Tonight after Vigil I got a call from my friend Anna Pjawka, who
> me know that her father, Mitred Archpriest George Bielay, had just
> passed away, quietly at home, from heart failure.
> Fr. George, at 91, was the oldest priest in the Canadian Diocese
> despite his failing health, was able to serve and hear confessions
> recently as last year.
> I do not pretend to know all his history, but I can say that Fr.
> George was ordained in the Metropolia and came to the Synod
> after the OCA's autocephaly of 1970. He has served as the rector
> parishes in Hamilton and Jackson's Point, Ontario, and has been
> assistant priest at the Toronto Holy Trinity Cathedral for many
> He was loved by all for his dedication to the church and its
> and his warm manner, not to mention his sharp wit.
> Funderal arrangements have not yet been finalized but there will
> panikhida at Holy Trinity Church in Toronto tomorrow, Sunday, at 6
> p.m. before the 7 p.m. Vigil to St. Xenia, and a second on Monday
> morning following the 10 a.m. Liturgy to St. Xenia.
> Please pray for the soul of Fr. George and for his widow, Matushka
> George Skok