OBITUARY

Francis George Humphrey

May 12, 1948November 24, 2019

Rev. Dr. Francis George Humphrey (BA, MDiv, MTh, PhD)

After a courageous fifteen year battle against ALS, our dear Frank is now with his Lord and Saviour and friend, Jesus. He leaves the rest of us behind to both mourn his loss and rejoice at his gain; Daria (Polney), Anna, Andrew, and Abigail.

Frank faithfully served as Pastor at Peoples Church of Montreal from 1978 to 2012, at which time his illness finally forced his retirement. He was very much loved by everyone who knew him and well known for his huge heart, along with his massive amount of knowledge about everything. We had our very own “google” before it was ever invented!

As well as pastoring, teaching at the Faculté de Theologie Evangelique Montreal was to him a joy, using his knowledge to train others for the sake of the Gospel.

Frank himself was the perpetual student, always reading and learning more. As a believer in the inerrancy and authority of the Scriptures he was committed to learning more about the science of God’s Creation of the world. He was so passionate about the topic and so knowledgeable that others encouraged him to write a book, which he did, typing one letter at a time with a pencil-end secured to his hand.

All of Frank’s life here on earth, since he was 15 years old, was committed to serving God, his first love. The love of God flowed through Frank to enrich especially his wife and three children, but also all who knew him. His attitude towards his illness was not “why me?”, but “why not!” He just did not complain, being instead thankful for every day the Lord sustained him. As we must all be thankful to God for having this remarkable human being in our lives. Amen.

A Memorial Service will be held on Saturday, December 7 at 2:00 PM, at Peoples Church, 2097 Union Avenue, Montreal.

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Louis Lindo

December 4, 2019

Louis Lindo
December 4, 2019.
Dear Daria, Anna, Andrew, and Abigail,
I met Frank as a teenager at Verdun High school. We studied in the same class for four years and also graduated together.
At 13 yrs old, I once challenged our high school history teacher,(who was Frank and my homeroom teacher) who did not believe in the Bible, nor Jesus, nor the Trinity, nor many of the other basic tenets of the Christian Faith, and he was constantly pushing this in his history classes with us. So, one day I challenged him in class and from then on basically. Frank used to ask me why I challenged the teacher and on what facts could I prove Him wrong and the Word of God to be true and reliable. After 2 years of discussing many things with Frank at lunch time in the high school cafeteria, (He was a complete atheist at the time); he prayed with me, accepted Christ as his Saviour and the Lord helped him to become a tremendous, studious, powerfully convicting and well thought-out Christian and finally became the senior pastor at People’s Church, right across the street from McGill University- a bastion of evolution, nuclear physics, (they helped develop the Hiroshima and Nagasaki bombs), and all sorts of anti-Christ activities which they are still teaching and training people to believe in and follow. Frank was a powerful witness against this. He could probably adopt the mantra of C.T, Studd, the famous cricketer and later famous missionary to China, India, and Africa: “Some wish to live within the sound of Church or Chapel bell; I want to run a Rescue Shop within a yard of hell.”
God bless you Daria, Anna, Andrew, and Abigail. Your Husband and/or Dad is a real saint, now rejoicing in Heaven with The Lord and all His angels and saints. His spirit will always be with you and watching over and praying for you.
Here are some verses I got from the Lord for you to continue to stand strong in your Christian Faith. I hope that they will be an encouragement and blessing to you
(Eph 6:10-18)

Diane Bishop

December 1, 2019

There are superheroes abounding, creating great waves around the world, till popularity wanes. There are everyday heroes who cause ripples in individual lives. Those wavelets may change our lives or just cause us to pause for quiet introspection, but these memories stay with us for life.
We were neighbours with Frank and Daria for a brief time, I see now what gems our few memories of them are, Michael Darney and Diane Bishop.

John Adams

November 30, 2019

I first met Pastor Frank a few days after my conversion to Christ in September, 1980. I was blessed to spend the next 20 years at Peoples Church under his teaching. He was always ready to listen with gentleness and compassion, and I never sensed any judgement from him in all of the 20 years that I knew him. I will always remember him for his love for the Lord Jesus, for brilliant intellect, for his empathic and compassionate spirit....and I would be remiss if I failed to mention his deep hardy laugh! My thoughts and love go out to Daria, Andrew, Anna and Abagail. John Adams

Albert Dallaire

November 30, 2019

Dear Daria & Kin,

It was with great sadness and unexpectedness that I recently heard of the passing of our beloved Pastor Frank. He was always cheerful, warm, friendly and had a true shepherd’s heart for his flock! He possessed a thorough knowledge of Scripture and did not neglect the prophetic word or controversial doctrinal issues, but faithfully fed his sheep with solid exegesis, helpful historical as well as cultural connections, along with amusing anecdotes. All who had the privilege of sitting under his tutelage will forever be thankful for the edifying teaching received.

He was also instrumental in ministering at key points in my family’s life. He presided over the funeral of both my brother Brian and our first child, who we lost at thirty weeks. Amazingly enough, he also officiated the wedding of my wife Ava and I in the house I lived and grew up in.

Pastor Frank, I look forward to seeing you once again in the Father’s House in Heaven!

Ted and Dana Witmer

November 29, 2019

Frank was Dana's pastor as a McGill medical student and a trusted co-worker when we married and I became an AGC pastor in LaSalle for 5 years. He shepherded me through the credentialing process and then was kind enough to speak at my ordination, a message I remember well from 1 Tim 4:1-8. My wife still reminds me that exercise is of some value and I should do more of it just as Frank exhorted me.

We wish we could have had more years as close partners in ministry, but during our ensuing 33 years in Africa we were only able to meet up with Frank a few times. On each occasion he gave us a warm welcome and was interested in how the work of training leaders was progressing. We are grateful for his life well lived and the encouragement he provided to us.

We pray that you will have God's comfort and peace.

Ted and Dana Witmer
Shalom University of Bunia
Democratic Republic of the Congo

shannon cooney

November 28, 2019

Pastor Frank,

You were so loved by my parents and you will always be remembered. You had some wise words and a nice smile for me when I came in to visit.
I am happy for you that you have peace. You are in a wonderful place. I can only imagine :)

Shannon Cooney

Dave Pyke

November 28, 2019

Thank you for the memory of serving on the Doctrinal and Credentials Committee. We had some good times. I always enjoyed seeing Frank. Thinking of your family at this time. Pastor Dave Pyke, St. Catharines ON

Mary and Tim Johns

November 27, 2019

Our most sincere condolences to Daria, Anna, Abby and Andrew on the passing of a kind and gentle husband, father and good neighbour. We were back fence neighbours for many years and Frank and I often paused our lawn mowing to have most interesting discussions over the back fence. Frank was a man of deep conviction and faced his trials with great courage with the loving support of his family. Now he has cast off his earthly chains and is free.

Peter and Sue Cooney

November 27, 2019

Hard to write brief words in memory of such a dear friend as Pastor Frank. In manageable ways, and in his love for all people, he fit the role of pastor, as he first became known to us. Under Christ in the church, he brought many to understand that peace is attracted to a surrendered life. The pages of Scripture were his treasures. He would often say, “And the next guy is not the standard either”.
A faith to the very detail isn’t enough in these “paper words”. Thank you Frank for making our days gladsome! Thank you for “living” abounding love and patient endurance.

Melanie Cooney

November 27, 2019

Love and Prayers for Daria, Anna, Andrew, and Abigail.

Pastor Frank exemplified authenticity, compassion and genuine interest in uplifting people and bringing them closer to God. He will be missed but not forgotten. I am glad he has found peace and is with God.

Melanie

FROM THE FAMILY