Williams, Lennox

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Bishop Lennox Williams, DD 1859 - 1958

Lennox Williams was born on November 12, 1859, in Chapman House at Bishop’s College School (BCS) located in Lennoxville, Quebec. His father, James Williams, was the fourth bishop of Quebec and he was born in Aberystwyth, Wales. His mother was Anna Maria Waldron and she was born on May 20, 1821.
Lennox attended BCS as a boy and eventually became Head Prefect. He would often regale future generations of BCS family members with tales of experiences at the school and in particular his time as Head Prefect. Lennox studied theology at St. John’s College, Oxford and rowed for the college. His oar, with the names of the team members, was hung on the wall of his house in Tadoussac (where it still hangs today).
Lennox was ordained in 1885 and his first post was St. Matthew’s, Quebec. After this he attained the positions of Rector, Rural Dean, and Dean of Montreal before finally being made the sixth bishop of Quebec in 1915. While Dean of Quebec, Lennox visited the villages on the north shore of the St. Lawrence to provide pastoral services. He would often travel in the summers to participate in confirmations throughout the region. Later in his life he took services at the Protestant chapel in Tadoussac, a very special place and time in his life.
Lennox married Annie Rhodes and had four children, James, Mary, Gertrude and Sydney. During World War 1, the Bishop, his wife and daughters, sailed to England to preside over the marriage of their daughter Gertrude to Ronald Alexander (who was serving with the Victoria Rifles). The marriage took place on February 19, 1917 with Mary participating as a bridesmaid. The war also brought devastation for the Williams family as it did for so many families of that generation. James, the eldest son, who had also attended Oxford University, was commissioned in the Canadian Army shortly after the war began. He served valiantly as an officer but was killed at the battle of the Somme in 1916. Lennox was devastated by the loss of his son and many said he was never the same after. Each summer Lennox would read the lesson about King David’s son, Absalom who was killed in battle and many of the congregation felt that Lennox was lamenting his own son’s death.
Lennox’s favourite book was “Alice in Wonderland”, from which he would often quote to his grand children. His grand children also had many fond memories of their time with Lennox in Tadoussac. Every morning at 8 am the entire family would meet outside the dining room for prayers with everyone on their knees. Meals were served on time and exemplary manners were expected (elbows off the table). Afternoons were spent smoking his pipe or perhaps on special occasions a cigar, under the trees on the edge of the bank at Brynhyfryd with his white (Samoyed) dog Kara. Evenings were spent playing card games like “Old Maid” or “Bridge” with his children and grand children. He remained a great athlete and enjoyed tennis and golf into his old age. Eventually, in his nineties, he was slowed a little and transitioned from the golf course to the putting green at the hotel for his activity.

Lennox died in Tadoussac in his 100th year on the 8th of July, 1958. The Lychgate at the Protestant chapel in Tadoussac (roofed gateway at the entrance of the chapel) was donated by the congregation in his memory.
Kevin Webster

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