I am deeply saddened to tell you that Bill Ellis died in his sleep last night/this morning.
In an email thread to some of us just last evening, Bill spoke of uncertainty and loss. “We have lost things we value very deeply, and we don’t know for sure that we will get them back.” He was responding, of course, to the situation we all find ourselves in related to COVID-19.
This comes as a horrific shock to us all. He’s been so well and vital, even stopping by the (locked) office at church earlier this week to supervise the stained-glass window restoration project.
As many of you know, Bill served as rector here at Trinity for many years. It has been a privilege for me to serve in that same capacity, and a joy to welcome him back to Trinity as a friend and colleague in his retirement.
On behalf of us all, I had the honor of saying prayers at his bedside this morning, with Beth and Wendy at his side.
Into your hands, O merciful Savior, we commend your servant, Bill. Acknowledge, we humbly beseech you, a sheep of your own fold, a lamb of your own flock, a sinner of your own redeeming. Receive him into the arms of your mercy, into the blessed rest of everlasting peace, and into the glorious company of the saints in light. Amen.
I know you’ll join me in holding his wife, Beth – along with their daughters, Rachel and Karen, and his sisters, Wendy and Beth – in your prayers.