Bishop Sperry

15 Feb

Bishop John Sperry, photographed at the Yellowknife Anglican Church in 2009.

Over the weekend, the North lost the well-known and respected Anglican bishop, John Sperry. Bishop Sperry’s stories of living with the Inuit and learning their language and way of life is documented in his 2001 book, Igloo Dwellers Were My Church. He was known to dogsled to many of the remote communities to give services, bring medical supplies and visit friends. He was appointed to the Order of Canada in 2002 and was recently named a recipient for the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee medal just before his passing.

He was a great man, and I only met him very briefly for a photo in Up Here Magazine’s story about the history (and future) of religion in the North, written by Brent Reaney. I remember him being very gracious with his time and incredibly kind.

Here’s to a man who lived an extraordinary life.

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