UPDATE: video of the Requiem Mass
Fr Ron Smith died on Friday, March 10, 2023, aged 93. There are many reasons to celebrate him on this site.
He was avid in his contributions online – clear that in the 21st Century this is where people live, and a place where he (and others) made community. There are about three hundred and fifty comments by him on this site. He had a strong anti-Anglican-Covenant stance, ardently supported LGBTQ+ people, strongly advocating for their full equality and participation in every sphere, and he was deeply devoted to the Eucharist, particularly to the ongoing provision of daily Mass.
Because of his frequent, often-long contributions as a commenter here, I suggested he might like to have a blog of his own as well, and I proposed he start a WordPress blog. He enthusiastically took up this advice, and began Kiwianglo on 29 September 2010. He continued to contribute vigorously and intelligently to other sites, particularly Thinking Anglicans and Bishop Peter Carrell’s Anglican Down Under. Peter has his own tribute to Ron here.
Ron had been a Franciscan for some years, was part of charismatic renewal and the St Paul Singers in Auckland; he loved the Anglo-Catholic tradition, and had a strong devotion to the Blessed Virgin Mary. He was ordained deacon in 1980 and priest in 1981. He served in the Auckland, Dunedin, and Christchurch Dioceses. He was an Honorary Associate Priest at St Michael and All Angels, the Christchurch parish where I was Priest in Charge in the second half of last year. Fr Ron presided every Friday at the lunchtime Mass there, continuing to do so including in the week before he died. He had cancer, but even on the Sunday before he died, he drove to church with his wife, Diana, and I’m so pleased that I went over to give him a hug and have a chat – he was his usual, enthusiastic, positive, faith-full self. Fr Jordan Greatbatch – recently appointed as vicar of St Michael’s, to Ron’s delight – has asked me to take on presiding at the Friday lunchtime Masses at St Michael’s. I am delighted to take this up, and will be very conscious of stepping into Fr Ron’s shoes.
Our prayers are for Ron’s wife, Diana, the children, Alex and Jude and their spouses Ruth and Nick, and grandchildren Zoe, William, and Rita. The Funeral and Requiem Mass will be held 11am on Saturday 18th March 2023, at St. Michael and All Angels Anglican Church, Oxford Terrace, Christchurch.
Rest eternal grant unto him, O Lord: And let light perpetual shine upon him.
May he rest in peace and rise in glory. Amen.