The Rev. Everett W. Francis, Class of 1955, died on March 19, 2016. Longtime rector of St. Luke’s Scranton (1988-92), he also served as interim at St. Paul’s Montrose and the Episcopal Ministry of Unity, Palmerton/Lehighton. He was born in 1927 in Taylor, Pensylvania, graduated from high school in Wilmington, Delaware, and then joined the Naval ROTC program and graduated from Duke University in 1946. After service in the Navy, Francis married Gale Gibson and they had five children: Deborah (deceased) Jesse of Chico, California, David (deceased), Elizabeth of Glen Burnie, Maryland, and Abigail of Mt. Laurel, New Jersey. He is further survived by three grandchildren; Andrew and Nicholas Baumgartner and Jillian Floyd and two great-grandchildren; Isabel and Bradley Baumgartner.
After study at The General Theological Seminary, Francis served as a parish priest in Dearborn Heights, Michigan for nine years and then worked on the staff of the Bishop of Michigan. In 1967, he joined the staff of the Presiding Bishop of the Episcopal Church in New York City. As Public Affairs Officer, he represented The Episcopal Church in Washington D.C. In 1977, Francis returned to parish ministry in Scranton, Pennsylvania. There, he participated in a renewal of the downtown community by renovating the church building and revitalizing the church community.
Upon retirement to New Milford, Pennsylvania, in 1992, he developed his longtime interest in fly fishing. Francis then became a resident of Buckingham’s Choice in Adamstown, Maryland, where he served on the BC Residents Association Board and chaired the Social Services Committee. During this time, he assisted at the All Saints Episcopal Church and did supply work at various churches in the Diocese of Maryland.
A memorial service was celebrated on April 2, 2016, at Buckingham Choice.