Many Grateful to have known Father Norman Elliott

Published: Sep. 19, 2016 at 8:28 PM AKDT
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At 97, Father Norman Elliott never really retired from ministry work, he lived it every day.

“There was no stopping Norm, he was force and he was out meeting people in the streets and the hospitals and the villages and schools, wherever he was asked to be he was there,” said Reverend David Terwilliger the head priest with All Saints’ Episcopal Church.

On Monday, family and hundreds of friends paid their final respects at All Saints’ Episcopal Church after Father Elliott’s death September 9th. “There are so many here today, let’s face it all of us here today who come with hearts full of thankfulness for how Norman gave of himself to each of us,” said Reverend Mark Lattime, Bishop with the Episcopal Diocese of Alaska.

Father Elliott was born in England but fought for the U.S.A during World War II. Later, he came to Alaska as a missionary with the Episcopal Church in 1951.

“He really is the soul of Alaska someone who’d reached out far and wide in the villages, in the cities from Ketchikan, Alaska to Point Hope,” said Terwilliger. He later became the head priest of All Saints’ Episcopal Church, officially retiring in 1990.