On the eve of the Entry of the Mother of God into the Temple, Archpriest Thomas Hardy reposed in the Lord aged 93. Fr Thomas was a Priest of the Cathedral of Nativity of the Mother of God and the Royal Martyrs of ROCOR in London. Services for the newly-departed Archpriest Thomas will be posted when the funeral arrangements are confirmed Fr Thomas was born in Anglican family in Canada. Here he attended University and Theological college after which he married and became an Anglican clergyman. He served in a number of parishes in rural Canada. After some time, Father Thomas moved to the London, UK. By this time, he and his wife had four children. Fr Thomas was appointed the Vicar of the parish of St Augustine in Fulham which was close to the London Podvoria of ROCOR. Here he met with Orthodoxy. He began to attend Orthodox services and soon even sang in the church choir on Saturday evenings, remaining an Anglican pastor. After the death of his wife, Fr Thomas became Orthodox and was ordained a Deacon on 16th September 1991 and a priest 16th October 1994 by Archbishop Mark, and was included in the clergy of our Cathedral. Archpriest Thomas was a witness to many events in the life of our parish. He began his ministry in the Podvorie on the Emperors Gate, and ended in the new Cathedral at Gunnersbury. He was versatile and had many talents. He performed services in English and Church Slavonic, could read the Gospel in Greek and Hebrew, was a witty conversationalist, and a very delicate and spiritual shepherd. Until the end of his days, he maintained a sound mind. Father Thomas had high humility and compassion for people, and people loved him. God forgive him sins and accept his soul to the Kingdom of Heaven.
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