It is with sadness and fond memories that St. Barnabas Anglican Church of Seattle recognizes the passing of The Right Reverend Richard John Boyce. Bishop (+Bp.) Boyce was a tireless and unwavering advocate for orthodox belief and practice in the Anglican Way of Christian Faith.
A native of Seattle he was Born 11/29/1928. He majored in science and economics at Seattle University. He graduated from American Bible College and Trinity College of the Bible. +Bp. Boyce pursued additional studies at Cranmer Seminary and Trinity Theological Seminary.
He was a man of wide and varied interests. Bp. Richard pursued faithfulness in the orders of Jesuit, Third Order Franciscans, and as a discalced Carmelite. He worked for a time at Pacific Northwest Bell telephone as an engineer. For many years he maintained an active practice as a pastoral and mental health counselor and was particularly involved in hospice care in a Christian context.
+Bp. Boyce was an active and steady guiding hand in the “Continuing Anglican Movement”. Most notably he served in many like minded bodies such as Forward in Faith in North America, and a priest to St. Paul’s Anglican Church in Bellevue, WA. In 1984 he served as the secretary of the Anglican Orthodox Church General Convention. On June 26, 1986 he was consecrated a bishop in the Orthodox Anglican Church, by Bishop James Parker Dees.
This priest is not alone in recalling Bishop Boyce to be an ever-accessible mentor, friend and encourager. He will always be remembered for his steady resolve to coax and inspire. He showed unflagging strength in serving his parishes. He rescued not only chihuahuas, but also many persons and parishes, weary in the faith.
Bishop Richard was the epitome of a consummate bishop. Both empathetic and compassionate he expressed these qualities in steadfast humility. He was unparalleled as pastor to the pastors and shepherd to all.
It was my great honor and privilege to have his trust and serve as his chaplain and priest at times of significant joys and sorrows. Always a man of few words, Bishop Richard was decisive, discreet, wise and loving. We are comforted by the words of his favorite hymn, Abide with me: Hold thou thy cross before my closing eyes; Shine through the gloom, and point me to the skies; Heav’n’s morning breaks, and earth’s vain shadows flee: In life, in death, O Lord, abide with me. Amen.
+Bishop Richard Boyce -God rest your soul. Submitted in love, Fr. Harley A. Crain+