Dear Friends in Christ,
It is with a sad and grateful heart that I tell you of The Reverend Canon Gerry Walcutt's death. Gerry passed away quickly a day or so after our observance of Easter, a celebration in which he participated. Gerry was born in Ohio, raised as a Methodist, served during WWII, and came into the priesthood of the Episcopal Church in 1969.
Canon Walcutt was one of the great pastors of our region, not only offering the care of Christ directly to those in need but also training hundreds of future ministers in the art of pastoral care through his active and skillful involvement as a Clinical Pastoral Education supervisor. For forty-five years, he served as a pastor in various institutions, including churches, hospitals, prisons, hospices, medical centers, and chemical dependency units.
When he was made a canon of this cathedral, the dean at the time, John Chane, said this to Gerry: "Your honesty in matters pastoral, and your wisdom and skill in the care and the souls of God's people, have endeared you to many, both here at Saint Paul's Cathedral and beyond in the larger world. You have taken up your duties here at the cathedral as colleague, pastor, preacher, and teacher with a grace that affirms us all."
We will miss Gerry terribly and we are blessed to have shared a part of his journey with him. There is a niche in our columbarium awaiting Gerry's earthly remains and a mansion in heaven prepared for his soul. As plans develop for his memorial service we will share them with you; in the meantime, please hold Gerry's family and friends in your prayers.
(The Very Reverend) Scott Richardson, Dean