With a heavy heart today I said farewell to a dedicated churchman and servant of Christ. Ray Hinton died suddenly and unexpectedly today of natural causes. Ray was 75. Funeral details are pending and I will update as details become available. To say that I am in shock is terrible understatement. Tonight we pray for Marion who has lost her closest friend and her dear husband of over 50 years. We also keep in our prayers their three sons, Stuart, Kevin, and Michael.
Hans Christian Andersen wrote that “A human life is a story told by God.” Ray was one of God’s great stories. Ray and Marion together were tireless in acts of love and charity. Many people at St. Mark’s by-the-Lake can testify to the love that they received by way of caring visits, delivering flowers, casseroles and generally doing whatever might need to be done for a brother or sister who was needing care. Ray was tireless in his devotion to the church at all levels. He was active at the parish, deanery, diocesan, provincial, and national levels of the Anglican Church of Canada. For his devotion, Ray was awarded the Order of Huron. Anyone who has attended a Huron Synod for the past 25 years will know who Ray Hinton is. Dietrich Bonhoeffer insisted that “One act of obedience is better than one hundred sermons.” I will be peaching a long time before ever coming close to the obedient love that Ray showed for Jesus. I will forever be thankful to have known him.
As details of a Celebration of Ray’s life become available, we will post them.