Norman H.V. Elliott (1919 - 2016)

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Beloved senior Alaska clergyman and Anchorage resident, the Venerable Norman H. V. Elliott, 97, passed away on Sept. 9, 2016, at Providence Hospital. A man of unusual devotion to his ministerial calling, he served many thousands of Alaskans throughout the state during his long career as an Episcopal priest. Born in Plymouth, England, he immigrated to the United States and grew up in Detroit, Mich., although he always considered himself an Englishman at heart. A World War II veteran, and commissioned officer, he saw action in France, Luxembourg and Germany. The war made a deep impact on him, which he frequently referred to in sermons and talks. Returning home, he attended Virginia Theological Seminary graduating with a Master of Divinity degree in 1951. Planning to be a missionary in the Philippines, he was instead sent to Alaska, where he served as a missionary at St. Marks Mission in Nenana in 1951. After ordination to the priesthood, he trained as a pilot, became a diocesan missioner and later archdeacon of the Yukon. He flew his Piper Pacer, dubbed the "drunken canary," to reach his village parishioners across the interior of Alaska. In 1957, he married the Episcopal bishop's secretary, the love of his life, Stella Burton. After teaching school for a year in Eagle, his career took him to Fairbanks, Ketchikan and finally Anchorage, when in 1962, he received a call to be rector at All Saints' Episcopal Church. Retiring in 1990, at the age of 70, he was appointed archdeacon of the Southcentral Deanery, an area covering southcentral Alaska and stretching out to the Aleutians. Retirement did not slow him down, however, as he kept busy with visitations, wedding, funerals and his participation on many boards and commissions. He served as the Chaplain for the Port of Anchorage, Honorary Chaplain to Episcopalians serving in the Armed Forces in Alaska; and Chaplain to the Navy League. He was active in the Anchorage Lions Club and Pioneers of Alaska as well as other various organizations. He returned to All Saints to be priest-in-charge from September 2013 through January 2016. Fr. Elliott will be remembered for his great sermons, listening ear, wonderful stories and tireless visits to Providence Medical Center and the Alaska Native Medical Center, even up to shortly before his death. Few ministers have such a long and distinguished record of service. Ecumenical to the heart, Fr. Elliott lent his support to many other faith traditions in the community. His friendship with recently departed Archbishop Hurley was a unique story, life-giving and unusual in this world. Despite differing theological traditions, they became brothers in arms in the greater sense of pastoral work. Fr. Elliott was preceded in death by his beloved wife of 38 years, Stella Burton Elliott; and his brother, Charles Elliott. He is survived by his daughter, Laura Elliott Bender with her husband Gary and their daughters, Brook and Charlotte "Annie"; his daughter, Pamela Elliott McKinney with her husband Brian, and their children, Brian Jr., Rose and Lily; his son, Sidney Elliott with his wife Monica and their children, Adam, Alex and Sam. He is also survived by his brother, Sidney and his wife Georgina; and many nieces and nephews. Fr. Elliott will be deeply missed by his family, and a broader family whose lives he's touched. The funeral service will be Monday, Sept. 19, 2016, at 4 p.m. at All Saints' Episcopal Church, with overflow at the Egan Center. Visitation will be from 1 p.m. - 4 p.m. at the church. A reception will follow at the Egan Center. Arrangements are with Janssen's Evergreen Memorial Chapel.
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Published in Anchorage Daily News on Sept. 17, 2016
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