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 www.erbgood.com or 519-745-8445.