It is with profound sadness that we mourn the unexpected passing of the
Reverend Bishop Garfield (Gary) Rupert Walsh
at the age of 77 years on the morning of August 16, 2021, surrounded by family.
Gary will be deeply missed and lovingly remembered by his wife of 56 years, Ellen (McFarlane) Walsh;
his sons John (Jillian) Walsh, Charles Walsh, and James (Anna) Walsh;
grandchildren Duncan, Liam, Finn, Natasha, Lillian, Winston, Seamus and Cormac;
great-grandson Peter; siblings Grant (Roxanne) Walsh and Diane (Wayne) King;
as well as numerous relatives, colleagues and friends.
Gary was preceded in death by grandchildren John (Jack) Rupert Walsh and Georgia Grace Walsh.
A generational Christian leader, Gary Walsh was an ordained minister in the Free Methodist Church.
His journey in ministry included pastoring various congregations in both Canada and the United States;
denominational leadership as the Bishop of the Free Methodist Church in Canada;
inter-denominational leadership as President of the Evangelical Fellowship of Canada;
global partnership development as President of Interdev; and global antipoverty initiatives
as President and CEO of Opportunity International Canada.
Gary was a devoted follower of Jesus, and family and friends will now gather to seek His comfort and strength.
The family will receive friends at the AINSWORTH FUNERAL HOME, 288 Noxon Avenue, Wellington,
on Thursday, August 19th from 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm and 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm.
A Funeral service will be held on Friday, August 20th at 1:00 pm at the
PICTON UNITED CHURCH, 12 Chapel St, Picton.
Online condolences may be shared at www.ainsworthfuneralhome.com