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Looking Back: C.H. Marsh
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Hooper, John, Author
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Written: 3 April 1997
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  • Ontario, Canada
    Latitude: 44.35012 Longitude: -78.73286
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There are still a number of citizens in our town who will remember the late Canon C. H. Marsh, rector of St. Paul's Anglican Church for many years.

He was a gentleman whose friends of all denominations were legion and his love for people was incomparable. He was especially fond of little children.

The Canon was noted for always having a box of chocolate bars that he kept at the Rectory. Rarely did he ever go for a walk without having a couple of bars in his pocket as a treat for any little ones he might meet on the street.

One day I was talking to Mother about Canon Marsh's kindness when she related the following story to me.

Apparently he was strolling along Kent St. when he met a young mother who was accompanied by her little girl. He stopped and asked the mother how she was and what her child's name was.

"Donna," the mother replied.

"Well would it be all right with you if I were to give her a chocolate bar?" he asked.

"That is very thoughtful of you Canon Marsh but you see we are members of St. Mary's Catholic Church. I would think you would want to keep them for the children in your parish" she replied.

"My dear, I am sure that it doesn't matter what denomination people chose for are we not all the children of God?" he said.

At that point the mother smiled and said "certainly you may give Donna a chocolate bar if you wish."

The Canon gave the child the bar and smiling, looked at the mother and child and said "God bless you both" and continued on his way.

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Looking Back: C.H. Marsh