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K00757 Text:

Senate Resolution No. 2384
BY: Senator O'MARA
        HONORING  The Reverend John C. Humphries, Jr. upon
        the  occasion  of  his   designation   for   special
        recognition  by  the Friends of Woodlawn Cemetery on
        April 21, 2022
  WHEREAS, The character and richness of religious and community  life
in  this  noble  Empire  State  is  nourished  and fulfilled through the
faithful concern and selfless devotion of those who would  commit  their
energies and purpose to the ministry of others; and
  WHEREAS,  It  is  the  custom of this Legislative Body to bring full
recognition and  just  tribute  to  those  individuals  who  distinguish
themselves  and  the  ministry  through their unremitting commitment and
preeminence of service; and
  WHEREAS, Attendant to such concern  and  in  full  accord  with  its
long-standing traditions, this Legislative Body is justly proud to honor
The Reverend John C. Humphries, Jr. upon the occasion of his designation
for special recognition by the Friends of Woodlawn Cemetery on Thursday,
April  21,  2022,  during which time he will also receive the Key to the
City of Elmira from Mayor Daniel J. Mandell, Jr.; and
  WHEREAS, Reverend John C. Humphries, Jr. was installed as  the  15th
Rector  of  Trinity Episcopal Church in Elmira, New York on November 15,
1975, and was known to all thereafter as "Jack"; and
  WHEREAS, During his illustrious tenure as Rector, John C. Humphries,
Jr.  served as President of the Home for the Aged and President  of  its
successor,  Woodbrook  Assisted Living; he was also a founding member of
the Inter-Church Cluster which established Second  Place  East  Homeless
Shelter,  the  Elmira Community Kitchen, Southern Tier Hospice Care, and
the Ecumenical Preaching Mission; and
  WHEREAS, Furthermore, through the Cluster there was also  a  sharing
with  sister  churches in education, community outreach and worship, for
which he was often called upon as the preacher; joint  worship  services
included  World  Communion  Sunday,  Ash Wednesday, and Summers Together
during July and August; and
  WHEREAS, A native of Alexandria, Virginia, John  C.  Humphries,  Jr.
graduated  from  Lynchburg  College,  served  three  years  in the armed
forces, and subsequently earned his Master  of  Divinity  from  Virginia
Theological Seminary; and
  WHEREAS,  Prior to coming to Elmira, Reverend John C. Humphries, Jr.
served as Vicar of St. Mark's  Mission  in  Wadsworth,  Ohio,  and  both
Assistant  Rector  and  Priest-in-Charge  at  St. Mark's Church in Mount
Kisco, New York; and
  WHEREAS, Upon Reverend John C. Humphries, Jr. retirement in December
1997 he purchased the rectory, then located at 405 Euclid Avenue; and
  WHEREAS,  With  a  steadfast  and  unwavering  commitment   to   his
community,  Reverend  John  C. Humphries, Jr. has served as a Trustee of
the Chemung County Historical Society, Historian of the City of  Elmira,
President  of  the  Elmira  Torch  Club,  a  Commissioner  on the Elmira
Historic  Preservation  Commission,  and  President  of  the  Friends of
Woodlawn Cemetery, Elmira, Inc.; and
  WHEREAS, For many years, Reverend John C. Humphries, Jr. brought  to
his  ministry  an  overwhelming spirit of charity and compassion, acting
from vision and  enlightenment  in  conducting  his  administrative  and
spiritual  duties,  while  always  displaying  the  highest standards of
personal and professional integrity and dedication; and
  WHEREAS, With him throughout have  been  his  four  children,  John,
Matt,  David  and Sarah, all of whom feel privileged to be a part of his
life and rejoice in his many achievements; and
  WHEREAS,  This  distinguished  man   of   God   has   always   given
enlightenment, guidance and wisdom to the many entrusted to his care and
has  administered  abundantly  and  unstintingly  to  the  spiritual and
corporal needs of all; and
  WHEREAS, It is the sense of this Legislative Body that when a person
of such noble aims and accomplishments is brought to our attention it is
appropriate  to  publicly  and  jubilantly  proclaim  and  commend  that
individual for the edification of others; now, therefore, be it
  RESOLVED,  That  this Legislative Body pause in its deliberations to
honor The Reverend John C. Humphries, Jr., noting  his  unremitting  and
compassionate  faith  and  his  exemplary  service  to God, man, and his
community, and extending to  him  the  heartfelt  best  wishes  of  this
Legislative  Body for a future of purposeful success and well-being; and
be it further
  RESOLVED, That a copy of this  Resolution,  suitably  engrossed,  be
transmitted to The Reverend John C. Humphries, Jr.
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