Gingko tree story brings back flood of memories

Published June 1, 2004

Dear editor,

The reference to Bishop William Charles White in the April article (Oddly, nobody recalls gingkos’ origins) brought back a flood of memories.

Bishop White spent some of his retirement years (late 1940s and early 1950s) in Fonthill, Ont., and he attended Holy Trinity Fonthill during that period.

I was in the junior choir and was a server in those years. When it was announced that the bishop would be the guest speaker we would all shudder in anticipation of a long rambling lecture about “my days in China.” We generally closed our eyes and tuned him out.

What a shame that we who were young were so shortsighted.

Looking back 50 years, I realize that we all missed the opportunity of a lifetime to learn so much about history in the making from a man who was there.

I am sure that there are others who still attend Holy Trinity Fonthill who were not as juvenile as I was at that time and who could relate many interesting stories about that amazing man.

Jim Casson

Welland, Ont.


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