• 10 February 2019

Death and funeral of Dean Fred Rusk

The Very Reverend Frederick John Rusk passed away peacefully at his home surrounded by his family on 8 February. He was 91.

Fred spent his entire ministry in the Diocese of Connor. He was a former Canon of the Chapter of St Saviours, Connor, and former Dean of Connor. He retired into Down and Dromore in 1998.

Fred was ordained in 1953 and served curacies in Ballymoney and St Nicholas, Belfast. He was incumbent of Broomhedge (1959–65); St Simon and St Philip, Belfast (1965–78); Ballymena (1978–88) and St Nicholas, Belfast (1988–98).  

Bishop Harold said:

“I had the privilege of being with Fred on the night before he died. He was wonderfully cared for by his wife and family, and the room in which he died was filled with the assurance of faith. We thank God for his life and ministry.”  

The funeral service will be in Shankill Parish Church Lurgan on Tuesday 12 February at 12.30 pm followed by committal in Broomhedge Parish Churchyard.

We hold Lilian and the family in our prayers.