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THE REV. WALTER EDWIN BOND Jr.


1944 - 2017 Obituary Condolences
THE REV.  WALTER EDWIN BOND Jr. Obituary
BOND, Rev. Walter Edwin, Jr. Retired Episcopal Priest Died in Boston November 17, 2017 at the age of 73. Rev. W. Douglas Bond was a retired Episcopal priest, academician, vocalist, historic preservationist and world traveler.

He was born August 16, 1944 in Evanston, Illinois, to Mary Ann (Suster) Bond and Walter Edwin Douglas Bond, Sr. Douglas is survived by ten cousins, three from the Suster family and seven from the Bond family, and his very dear friend, Andrea Southworth.

W. Douglas Bond attended high school at Cheyenne Mountain High School in Colorado Springs, Colorado. He then matriculated at Cornell University, graduating in 1967. He attended Sage Chapel there and his interest in the church and music flourished. The Rt. Rev. Ned Cole, Bishop of the Diocese of Central New York nurtured Douglas's interest in theological studies that led him to a call to the priesthood. With Bishop Coles blessing, he attended and graduated from the Episcopal Theological School in 1972 receiving a M.Div. degree. He was ordained to the Diaconate at St. John the Divine in June of the following year. He was Curate at old North Church and then Christ Church in Waltham, Massachusetts where he was ordained to the priesthood. Douglas also served at All Saints Parish in Brookline, St. George's Church in Maynard for 25 years, and Christ Church in Medway. He was a member of the Church of the Advent for over 25 years and he was a beloved member of the community at Harvard Memorial Church, where he also served as an Affiliate Minister. Father Bond wrote extensively on the "Theology of Aging" and ministered compassionately to those facing death.

While at Cornell, he became a member of the Alpha Delta Phi Fraternity, whose dedication to literary pursuits and community service he honored throughout his life. His alumni service included serving as Chairman of the Board for two decades and as the association's corresponding secretary as well.

His love of religious music transformed into a career as a base singer for Chorus Pro Musica that included performances at Carnegie Hall, Symphony Hall and Tanglewood. For many years, he sang with the Apollo Club of Boston. Douglas was a champion of architectural preservation. He helped with the rebuilding of Memorial Hall at Harvard University to ensure that the tower that had burned in 1956 was rebuilt and installed as the final and signature effort of the preservation. He was also president of his condominium association in Cambridge and saw to the historic building's improvements over the last two decades.

Douglas loved words and good repartee. When diving into deep discussion with his interlocutors they could often see the gleam in his eye that showed his love of Christ as well as his merry jocosity. He grew to be a leader of men in his own inimical way. Father Bond was a friend to all of those that met him. Douglas's natural curiosity about and devotion to people led him to make many lifelong friends in his hometown of Cambridge and in his travels of the world. Ancestry was a driver for his wanderlust and his travels to ancestral lands included the Bohemia of his mother and the ancestral home of the Erthbarton Hall in England of his father.

A Requiem Mass will be celebrated at 2:00 pm on Saturday, December 2, 2017 in the Church of the Advent, 30 Brimmer St, Beacon Hill, with the Rector, Fr. Allan Bevier Warren, III, officiating. Burial will take place at 9:45 am on Monday, December 4, 2017 in the Mount Auburn Cemetery, 580 Mt Auburn St, Cambridge. Charitable donations in Douglas's name may be made to the Apollo Club of Boston, 57A Chestnut St., Boston, MA 02108 or the Church of the Advent c/o Father Warren. Assisting the family is:

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Published in The Boston Globe on Dec. 1, 2017
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