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Andrew--John. The Reverend Canon John G. B. Andrew OBE, DD, January 10, 1931 October 17, 2014. The Rector, Wardens and Vestry of Saint Thomas Church Fifth Avenue, on behalf of the Parish, announce the death of their beloved Eleventh Rector (1972-1996), Canon John Andrew. Canon Andrew was born in Yorkshire, England, was a priest in the Church of England, and served as Domestic Chaplain to Archbishop of Canterbury Michael Ramsey. In 1972, he was called to be Rector at Saint Thomas Church Fifth Avenue, where he had a distinguished tenure in which his preaching, pastoral presence, and leadership of the liturgy drew large congregations to the Church, an achievement especially notable during an era of decline in the Episcopal Church. Canon Andrew and Organist and Master of Choristers, Dr. Gerre Hancock, were instrumental in the preservation and enrichment of the Anglican choral tradition in the United States through the Saint Thomas Choir School. He was awarded honorary degrees from several Episcopal/Anglican seminaries in recognition of his work. John Andrew was a friend and confidant of many church leaders both within and outside the Episcopal Church and Anglicanism. He was a particular friend of Terence Cardinal Cooke and was a promoter of ecumenical relations between the Anglican and Roman Catholic communions. He was a cherished member of the Saint Thomas family for over 40 years. Funeral services will be at Saint Thomas Church Fifth Avenue on Wednesday, November 5, 2014 at 5:30pm. Donations in lieu of flowers, may be made to the Canon John Andrew Memorial Fund. Please make checks payable to Saint Thomas Church Fifth Avenue at 1 West 53rd St.; New York, NY 10019-5496. The Reverend Canon Carl F. Turner, Rector William H. A. Wright II, Warden Kenneth F. Koen, Warden

Published in The New York Times on Oct. 21, 2014