John E. Geddes – Obituary

John (Jack) E. Geddes 1930-2017

On Monday, 27 March 2017, John (Jack) E. Geddes was called home to the Lord. A former missionary, Jack Geddes, together with his wife “Betty” F. M. Geddes were appointed as missionary partners by the Presbyterian Church in Canada (PCC) in 1958 arriving in Taiwan in January 1959. They served with the Presbyterian Church in Taiwan (PCT). They had six children who were raised in Taiwan: Paul, Heather, Debbie, David, Maria, John.

They served the Lord faithfully for 42 years until retirement in 2000. Jack and Betty returned to Taiwan for another two and half years, in a volunteer capacity with the PCT General Assembly and finally “retired” to Canada in June 2003. Sadly, not long after retirement, Mr. Geddes’ health situation declined, until in 2011 he needed long-term residential care. He was lovingly supported by his wife and children.

During his years in Taiwan Jack Geddes dedicated his gifts as a teacher at Tam-Kang High School, Christ College and Tam-Kang University in Tamsui; and later at the Taiwan Theological College and Seminary, in Taipei, Taiwan. With his passion for language and history, he taught countless numbers of students and served the wider community. He was an Elder of Ming-Teh Presbyterian Church, Taipei, and an English consultant to the Bible Society in Taiwan, among other activities.

In recognition of his role as a founding Faculty member of Tam-Kang University, Department of History, he received the Outstanding Professor Award in 1989 and again in 1994, from Tam-Kang University.

A memorial service will be held on Saturday April 1, 2017 at 10:00AM at Knox Presbyterian Church, 50 Erb St. W., Waterloo, Ontario, followed by burial at Parkview Cemetery and reception at Knox at noon.

Donations to the Bible Society, House of Friendship, or Knox Presbyterian Church Outreach would be appreciated rather than flowers and may be arranged through the funeral home at or 519-745-8445.

Link to obituary on The Presbyterian Church In Taiwan website.

Link to obituary on Erb & Good Family funeral home website.

2017-03-29T10:02:57+00:00 March 28th, 2017|Obituary|1 Comment

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  1. Rev. Dr. Steven Cho March 30, 2017 at 12:21 pm

    Memories of Jack Geddes from a former student and colleague:

    In 1958, I was one of a small group of grade twelve students chosen to meet after school for an hour of English and Chinese conversation with Jack Geddes. He and his wife invited us, two by two each week, to their house for a meal of western food — a highlight event for hungry students.

    After I graduated from Taiwan Theological College in 1967, I was selected as the assistant chaplain for Tam-Kang Middle School. There I had an opportunity to teach an English class with Mr. Geddes from 1967 to 1969.

    One day I told him about my wish to go abroad to study Chaplaincy. He found a program for me at Acadia Divinity College in Wolfville, N.S. and helped me to register. By his kindness, I had a chance to come to Canada to study and to have the great honor to serve The Presbyterian Church in Canada for the past thirty-two years until my retirement in 2003.

    Jack was a soft speaker, kind and understanding, and a wonderful listener. He was well respected by the community and a good scholar, teaching Chinese history at Tam-Kang University where he received the outstanding Professor Award in 1985.

    In 2012, I visited him briefly at the Waterloo Care Centre. I was heartbroken to see him not able to recognize people anymore. On the wall of his room was the map of Taiwan which he loved so much and gave his entire life service for the Taiwanese people. He will be missed by countless former students and friends in both Canada and Taiwan.

    Rev. Dr. Steven Cho
    Saint John, N.B.

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