The Reverend Canon Douglas Edmiston (Doug) died peacefully surrounded by family on Saturday 10 February 2018 in Palmerston North. A service celebrating Doug’s life will be held in the Community Centre behind All Saints Church, Palmerston North at 1.00pm on Thursday 15 February.
After serving as a bank officer with the Bank of New South Wales and then as a radio operator on the HMNZS Arbutus, and with the encouragement of the late Keith Elliott VC, Doug commenced training for the ordained ministry at College House in Christchurch with others who were also mature students. Doug was greatly influenced in his outlook on life and understanding of God by the events of the second World War.
He was ordained in 1951 at the age of 28 for ministry in the Diocese of Wellington and served his curacy between 1951-53 at St James, Lower Hutt, under Canon Bill Bretton. In 1953 Doug married Jane Wood, an English nurse working in New Zealand. They had two children, Robert (Bob) and Susan.
His first parish was in the Northern Manawatu, at Mangaweka, between 1953-58. From there he moved to become Vicar of Tawa-Linden until 1967, when he and Jane took the family to England where Doug was licensed as Assistant Curate of St Mark, Dalston in London.
They returned to New Zealand in 1969 and Doug was appointed Vicar of Naenae-Epuni, where he remained until 1981. During this time, in 1979, he was made an Honorary Canon of Wellington Cathedral. Finally, in 1981, Doug accepted an invitation from David Penman to become a senior colleague on the staff of All Saints’, Palmerston North, where he remained until his retirement.
In his retirement, Doug was very involved in the St Michael’s Maori Pastorate, and also during his ministry, was very involved in prison ministry, the Billy Graham Crusades, CMS and other missional organisations. Doug was made a Canon Emeritus in 1981.
Please uphold Doug’s family in your thoughts and prayers at this time.
Well done good and faithful servant – may he rest in peace and rise in glory.