These stones that have echoed their praises are holy,
    and dear is the ground where their feet have once trod;
    yet here they confessed they were strangers and pilgrims,
    and still they were seeking the city of God.

    William Henry Draper (1855-1933)
    Hymn 689 CPWI Hymnal
Dear Members,

Recently two of our faithful members of long standing have passed on to their eternal reward. They are namely, Gladys Roberts and Thomas Mabon.

Gladys Roberts, a mother of five, was employed at the General Post Office Department until her retirement, after which she established a small nursery for children. She attended Christ Church Cathedral from the age of eleven. She was for many years the youngest member of the Cathedral Anglican Church Women, serving as Secretary to the Organization. She was, in addition, a founding member of the Boys Choir Parents Committee, a member of the Coffee Hour Hostesses Group 6, the Ladies Choir and a member of St. Dominic Cell. She gave generously of her time as a volunteer for Vacation Bible School.

She was faithful and regular at church, friendly, engaging and devoted to Christ Church Cathedral. Mrs. Roberts was a devoted, loving mother and grandmother. She was predeceased by her husband of 22 years, Bernard Irvin Roberts.

Her memory and commitment will long be cherished among us.

On behalf of Fr. Humes and Mrs. Humes, myself and Mrs. Adderley, Catechist Smith, the Wardens, Vestry and Parish family, I extend condolences to her children: Marcellus, Angelo, Glenda, Nina, Bonnie and their families.

Thomas Mabon was originally from Selkirk, Scotland. He trained as a textile finisher and engineer before being conscripted into the British Army’s Royal Signals. He served two years in the Allied Occupation Forces in Germany.

He moved to The Bahamas in 1952 and was hired by Keith Hayward & Company. He assembled the plant in Oakes Field where lamb’s wool and cashmere products were produced. Later on he joined Taylor Industries, working as an Electrical Engineer, designing and building numerous large business and hotels throughout The Bahamas. Mr. Mabon is credited for overseeing all the lighting for the First Bahamas Independence Celebrations in 1973. In 2007, he was honoured with a Life time Achievement Award for Excellency in Engineering by The Bahamas Society of Engineers.

Mr. Mabon was a great family man and gave freely and generously of his time and resources to Christ Church Cathedral and the Anglican Community. He was actively involved with the restoration of the Cathedral and Church Hall.

We shall miss his presence at the Holy Eucharist, his generosity, dry and ready wit, and his gift as a story teller.

On behalf of Fr. Humes and Mrs. Humes, myself and Mrs. Adderley, Catechist Smith, the Wardens, Vestry and Parish family, I extend condolences to Eileen, his wife of 62 years, children: Ian, Susan, Donna, Allan and their families.

Dean Patrick Adderley