From the Bishop of the North West, David Mulready we have learned that a former member of the Council of Churches’ Executive, Archdeacon Bill Warburton went to be with the Lord on Monday February 2 at 10am in Geraldton following a stroke on December 30 in Perth.Bill’s funeral will be held in the Holy Cross Cathedral in Geraldton at 1pm on Tuesday 10 February 2009 followed by a Committal at the Geraldton Crematorium at 2.30pm. Light refreshments will be served in the Parish hall from 11.45am instead of after the service.
In lieu of flowers, Jennifer has requested that gifts may be given towards the newly established “Bill Warburton memorial fund” to be administered by the Diocese of the North West for the training of new Ministers.
LAUNCHING THE “BILL WARBURTON MEMORIAL FUND”
The late Bill Warburton was larger than life. Throughout his 57 year’s work as an Anglican Minister, Bill has touched the lives of thousands of people both within and outside of the Church. He was greatly loved and respected and will be greatly missed.
Bill was committed to the Lord Jesus Christ and did everything he could to make Christ known. He longed for people to turn to the Lord and follow Jesus.
Together, Bill and Jennifer have served in the Missionary Diocese of North West Australia for 20 years, serving in Port Hedland, Dongara and the Cathedral Parish. Bill has ‘retired’ several times but has kept serving the Lord as a Diocesan Trustee, Diocesan Administrator and Vicar-General and more lately as the Bishop’s advisor. There are not many Parishes in which Bill has not ministered in some way in this vast Diocese.
As one way of remembering and honouring Bill’s contribution to the Diocese of the North West, a memorial fund is being launched, to which gifts are invited and the income from which will be used to train other Ministers for service in the North West.
Gifts may be sent to the Secretary, P.O. Box 2783, Geraldton. 6531 and made payable to “Diocese of North West Australia” with a covering note indicating that the gift is to be added to “the Bill Warburton memorial fund”. Jennifer will be advised of the names of the contributors and the progress of the fund will be reported on through the North West Network.