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Retired Anglican bishop who spent many years as priest at downtown Sudbury church has died

Rt. Rev. Tom Corston, retired Bishop of Moosonee, died ‘following a short but difficult battle with cancer’
Bishop Tom Corston.

A longtime local Anglican priest in Sudbury who ended his career as the Bishop of Moosonee died peacefully at the Maison McCulloch Hospice on Jan. 7.

The Rt. Rev. Tom Corston, retired Bishop of Moosonee, died “following a short but difficult battle with cancer,” said a statement on the Anglican Diocese of Algoma’s Facebook page.

“Bishop Tom” served a number of years as a priest in the Anglican Church of Canada, the longest appointment being rector of downtown Sudbury’s Church of the Epiphany. 

He was elected the ninth bishop of Moosonee Diocese in 2010, overseeing the vast lands of the James Bay lowlands and across the height of land of Northern Ontario and Quebec. 

In 2011, Wycliffe College, Toronto, awarded him an honorary Doctor of Divinity degree and in 2013 Thorneloe University, Sudbury, awarded him an honorary doctorate. 

In 2008, Corston was awarded the Queen’s Jubilee Medal for his service as chaplain to the Ontario Command of the Royal Canadian Legion.

“Bishop Tom bore his illness with courage, strength and dignity,” said the statement from the Diocese of Algoma. “While we have known for some time that this day was inevitable in its coming, his death is a huge loss to our world and to everyone who knew and loved him.”

He is survived by his wife, Ruth Sheppard, his sons Andrew (Michelle) and Stephen (Emilie), and his mother, Frances Jardine. 

Corston will be interred in the Chapleau Municipal Cemetery, Chapleau. In agreement with his wishes, friends are asked to make memorial donations to the Diocese of Moosonee or to the Primate’s World Relief and Development Fund of the Anglican Church of Canada. 

A memorial service (by invitation only) takes place at the Church of the Epiphany in downtown Sudbury on Feb. 1.