Contributed by Betty Jane Markham
The Reverend Canon Cecil Jefferies Markham, M.A., D.Cn.L.E.D. ( (1984-1992), who retired as rector of St. Paul’s Rothesay in 1964 after thirty-two years in the ministry, never sought the limelight, believing that his reward and vindication would come from God. He was a faithful priest who tried to meet the needs of the unfortunate in the community. His daughter remembers hearing as a child that her father had walked through deep snow carrying groceries to a poor family “up the road”. A veteran of both World Wars, Canon Markham served as a soldier in the First World War and as Chaplain to the Canadian Army during World War II. He was also active in the Scouting Movement and was awarded the Queen’s Jubliee Medal for his services to the Boy Scouts of Canada. For the greater part of his life, Canon Markham was the avid stamp collector. He was eventually able to sell his mint collection of sovereign stamps for enough money to purchase a retirement home for himself and his wife. Canon Markham was blessed with relatively good health and died in his ninety-eighth year with the words “ God’s grace is sufficient for me” as his final statement of faith. He had been predeceased by his wife Georgia in 1976 and is survived by two daughters, Mary Anne Sweeny of Vancouver and Betty Jane Markham of Rothesay, four grandchildren and four great grandchildren.