It's taken a few days to get up to blogging on this, but one saintly friend of the family, Don Cormier, went to be with the Lord late last week; here's his obit from the Midland Daily News. He had a number of strokes recently, and a massive one early last week finally did him in.
He and my dad were tight, having both been part of the Full Gospel Businessmen group in the 80s and part of a Wednesday morning prayer group that met in various places in Midland for two decades. He even got a hat tip in this blog for an article that he passed on back in 2004.
Don was active in prison ministry, regularly going into the county jail to minister to folks. He helped many of them when the got out through his work for the Open Door homeless shelter downtown; I did some work for him last winter when he needed Quickbooks installed at home and help updating the accounting books for the Door after their accountant left town on them.
Many of the folks at the Door are folks just out of prison looking to get back on their feet; they've recently added a halfway-house type of ministry to the newly-released. The Open Door has also served as a ecumenical Christian hangout; that Wednesday morning group has met at the Door for the last decade, if memory serves.
This is the kind of paragraph we should all have in our obit-
A vital part of his life was his involvement in the leadership of The Open Door Ministries beginning in 1989 and continuing until his death. For several years he served as the president of that ministry to the poor, the incarcerated and rejected by society. He was a life member of Full Gospel Businessmen's Fellowship. He was active in the Lutheran Via de Cristo movement and also participated in Royal Family Kids Camp ministry. He received credentials as minister from Full Gospel Outreach Ministries and faithfully ministered to inmates at the Midland County Jail and the Saginaw Correctional Facility in Freeland. He enjoyed spending time with his family and doing the Lord's work. He married the former Lorraine Gauvin on Sept. 7, 1964, in Marlborough.
Those of you that sneer at the "Toronto Blessing" might note that "he was later deeply and permanently impacted by the love of God in 1997 at the Toronto Airport Christian Fellowship." I can vouch for that, hearing my dad's testimony of that trip; TACF may not have all their theological ducks in a row, but the Spirit was in da house, especially on the Toronto trip Don, my dad and others from that Wednesday morning bunch made back in '97.
He was going to Father's Heart Ministries the same time we were; during some of the my downest days of the last few years, he was a listening ear with an infectious love of the Lord and wisdom by the truckload.
If anyone is "with the Lord now" (as the standard evangelical phrase for the dead goes), it's Don. He will be missed.