“He was an immensely able person who God had given great gifts and who had wide experience of some of the best, and some of the worst, of this imperfect world,” said Archdeacon Harry Huskins, prolocutor of General Synod. “Bob was deeply committed to our church but most of what he did was never seen because of the quiet way in which he did things.” In all his work for General Synod and the diocese of Toronto, “it was about what was best for our church and never about Bob,” added Huskins.
Canon (lay) David Jones, chancellor of General Synod, described Falby as “a man of great faith and a great servant of the church at all levels. He was a gentleman, a mentor and a model. We have lost a wonderful friend.”
“Bob served the church in so many ways during his lifetime-in his parish, diocese, and the General Synod,” says Archdeacon Bruce Myers, the church’s co-ordinator for ecumenical and interfaith relations, who is also clerk to the marriage canon commission. “His most recent contribution to the life and work of our church was as chair of the Commission on the Marriage Canon, an enormous task that he took on with a delightful combination of gravity and good humour, bringing the mind of a jurist and the heart of a disciple of Jesus.”
(Editor’s Note: This story has been updated to include a comment from Archdeacon Harry Huskins, prolocutor of General Synod.)