Sorry to learn of the death of Ian as I truly enjoyed working with him during his ministry in Brewer and I do know that his relationship with you was very meaningful. I do wish you peace and comfort during these difficult times.
The Reverend Canon Ian L. Bockus
April 13, 1933 - March 24, 2021
I have many pleasant memories of Father Bockus. He was MY priest. Of course, he was priest to many people and many congregations. But when I needed him, he was my priest and only mine. He came to St. Andrews when I was a teenager. I would drive my rather large and loud motorcycle to church on Sunday mornings. One time, as I was leaving church, he asked me for a ride! Imagine that. A Priest wanting a ride on my motorcycle. I took him for a RIDE!! With his robes flowing in the wind and the wind howling in our ears (there were no helmets back then) we blew out of there like a bat out of, dare I say, hell. He loved it. And he laughed so hard when we got back. Another memory is much more personal. I had a serious problem that involved a friend. We were distraught and did not know where to turn. The only secular advice we got, even at that young age, we knew was not good. We turned to Father Bockus. He met us and spoke so gently and lovingly that we were comforted and realized we were in good hands. God was in charge and the rest would work out. It did. The point is I loved Father Bockus in so many ways and for so many reasons, many more than I can relay here.
The world is a little less without him.
My condolences to Brian and to the family.
It is with heavy heart that I offer my condolences to Father Bockus' family and friends. He was a wonderful man to everyone he met. He married my husband and myself at St James Church in Trenton NJ. When my mother and I visited him in Maine he had a unique collection of pictures of Queen Victoria- of course his story about it was very interesting. I want to thank Brian for informing me of his passing and I will include both of them in my prayers.
What a kind gentle soul he was. Unfortunately I never had the opportunity to spend much time getting to know him better. I know he will be greatly missed by so many.