Parish Reader Lorna Doherty presents Canon Carson's final painting ‘Turfcutters at Dunlewey’ to his grandson Alex on behalf of his son Mark
"In October 2010 I received this painting in a short ceremony at the church door from Canon Gerry Carson. He wanted it to be sold to raise money for our parish which had just completed a project to create the new entrance area, linking the church with the Minor Hall.
At that time, we were about to launch the next project which was the restoration of our church organ. Since then we have refurbished the Rectory and carried out a number of other improvements to our property. Tonight we are celebrating the replacement of the church roof.
Little did we realise then, that over the next five years the limited edition of prints of Canon Carson’s painting would raise the amazing sum of £3,500 to further God’s work in this place and help us with all of these undertakings. Nor did we anticipate that he would be taken from us so soon.
Mark, we were truly blessed by your father, his kindness and his generosity in those retirement years that he was with us in our parish. He was indeed a true friend, not only of the church, but of all our parishioners. He is deeply missed by all of us who knew him well and who loved him dearly.
I also speak personally; his friendship, his knowledge and his encouragement were very precious to me and I will be ever grateful to him for his wisdom, guidance and encouragement in my ministry as a Parish Reader. I will always treasure the Chalice and Patten in this little box, which he himself had used throughout his ministry, and which he gave me when I was commissioned as a Pastoral Assistant to use at Communion Services with the sick and housebound.
At a meeting in September, the Select Vestry decided that one way we could express our love for your father and our appreciation of his support would be to present this, his last ever painting of his beloved Donegal to you, so that you, Willa and Alex would have it as his legacy and as a family heirloom. In our turn, we will keep one of the prints of the painting in the Parish Office as his memorial.
Alex, on behalf of the Parish of Camus-
Canon Gerry Carson presents his last painting to Parish Reader Lorna
Doherty for the Building Fund of Camus-
The Parish and community have been saddened by the death of Canon Gerry Carson, who died on 15th July 2014, a well-
He was ordained deacon in 1949 and much of his ministry as a Church of Ireland clergyman was spent in the United Diocese of Derry and Raphoe as Rector of Dunfanaghy, an area of outstanding natural beauty, where his artistic talent was developed through the guidance of his friends Frank McKelvey and Humbert Craig, two of Ireland’s finest artists.
He became Rural Dean of Kilmacrennan in 1965, and a Canon of Raphoe Cathedral in 1967 shortly before he moved to Urney with Sion Mills. Soon after the bombing of the nearby police station he was appointed to his final incumbency, Warrenpoint with Clonallon, in the Docese of Down and Dromore.
He retired in 1991 and living in Coleraine he became a much-
The painting entitled ‘Turfcutters at Dunlewey’ is a beautiful 14” x 10” scene which shows a couple stacking peat on the bogland close to the lake, with the Dunlewey Hills in the background.
It was his wish that the original painting, which will also have a signed certificate of provenance, would eventually be sold to benefit the parish.