50 years and count­ing

Trin­ity host­ing an­niver­sary cel­e­bra­tion for pop­u­lar min­is­ter

Cape Breton Post - - FRONT PAGE - BY GREG MCNEIL

An oc­ca­sional good- na­tured jab from ran­dom hockey fans never stood in the way of Rev. Arthur Nash’s pro­found love of a com­mu­nity he called home for more than 13 years.

The pop­u­lar min­is­ter ar­rived at Trin­ity Angli­can Church in Syd­ney Mines in 1976 and im­mersed him­self in the com­mu­nity, in­clud­ing through ser­vice as a hockey ref­eree and a mem­ber of the mi­nor hockey ex­ec­u­tive.

“It gave them some­thing to boo me about some­times,” joked Nash, who is mark­ing his 55th an­niver­sary as a min­is­ter this year.

Born in Glace Bay, he was raised by an aunt and un­cle in Louis­bourg af­ter his fa­ther died when he was just five. He had only dis­cov­ered the church at his baptism but knew at that mo­ment where his life would take him.

“I had never been in­side a church be­fore,” he re­called. “I was bap­tized when I was five years old and I knew from that day on that I was called to be a priest and I never ever wanted to do any­thing else.”

Af­ter fin­ish­ing school in Louis­bourg he stud­ied in Toronto and then the Col­lege of Em­manuel and St. Chad in Saskatchewan.

It was in Toronto where he met his wife Emily, a na­tive of Ire­land, who had moved to On­tario with her sis­ter.

“For me it was love at first sight. Emily had to be wooed,” he said with a laugh dur­ing an in­ter­view at their scenic sum­mer get­away near the Seal Is­land Bridge.

“One has to be cau­tious,” she added with a wry smile dur­ing the in­ter­view.

The two have been mar­ried 50 years and their an­niver­sary will be part of Satur­day’s ac­tiv­i­ties at Trin­ity Angli­can Church be­cause Nash is per- form­ing a wed­ding cer­e­mony next week, the day af­ter his ac­tual an­niver­sary date.

Af­ter they mar­ried, al­most 50 years ago, the two lived in Man­i­toba for eight years where he was or­dained. When they re­turned to Nova Sco­tia they spent three years in Lock­e­port, be­fore his 13- plus years in Syd­ney Mines.

Waverly and Up­per Tan­tallon are also among the Nova Sco­tia stops where he is proud to have been part of con­struc­tion of new churches in those com­mu­ni­ties.

Though he re­tired in 2000, he still sum­mers in Cape Bre­ton and fills in of­ten at Trin­ity Church in Syd­ney Mines while he is on the is­land.

“I’ve gone back a cou­ple of times to do their Sun­day ser­vice and I also help out at St. Ni­cholas Church in Up­per Tan­tallon. I take ser­vices and oc­ca­sion­ally will preach. I’m fairly ac­tive for some­body who is 75.”

He’s also been named the rec­tor emer­i­tus of Trin­ity and a colour­ful win­dow was in­stalled in the church en­trance as a trib­ute to his fam­ily’s con­tri­bu­tion to the church. Nash re­mains im­mensely hon­oured by both moves.

To­day’s cel­e­bra­tion is set for 2- 4 p. m. at Trin­ity in Syd­ney Mines.

Orig­i­nally, just a quiet an­niver­sary was planned be­fore mem­bers of the lo­cal church asked to host some­thing more.

“They talked to Emily sev­eral times and told her you have to let us do this. Emily wanted a quiet cel­e­bra­tion more than I did but they in­sisted we do some­thing and we set­tled on a date.”

Re­fresh­ments and con­ver­sa­tion are his ex­pec­ta­tion for the event.

The two also plan a quiet cel­e­bra­tion af­ter he per­forms that wed­ding cer­e­mony next week in Baddeck.

GREG MCNEIL/CAPE BRE­TON POST

Rev­erend Arthur Nash and his wife Emily stand in their sum­mer front yard at the KOA camp­ground near the Seal Is­land Bridge. He is mark­ing his 55th year in the church and the cou­ple their 50th year in mar­riage this year.

JULIE COLLINS/CAPE BRE­TON POST

This is Trin­ity Church in Syd­ney Mines where Rev. Arthur Nash has served for more than 13 years.

Nash

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