Remembering Bishop Salmon
From the Right Reverend Charles G. vonRosenberg
Bishop of The Episcopal Church in South Carolina
"During a significant part of my time as bishop of East Tennessee, Bishop Salmon served here in South Carolina. Thus, we were colleagues in the House of Bishops and fellow bishops in Province IV. Ed had a unique leadership style among bishops, and he could be counted on to offer his particular point of view on most matters. His perspectives and personality were assets among his fellow bishops. He will certainly be missed."
Photos shared by Fr. Sanderson
From The Reverend Dow Sanderson
Church of the Holy Communion, Charleston
It was with great sadness that I learned early this morning of the death of Bishop Edward Salmon. I first met Bishop Salmon when he was Bishop-elect. He was kind enough to meet me in Virginia, where I was serving a curacy. It was a challenging time in my life and ministry, and through his kind pastoral care to my family and me, and with his assistance, we returned to South Carolina to live and minister. During all the subsequent years, Ed has been a dear friend and mentor, and has had a profound influence on my formation as a priest. After his retirement as bishop, we continued to work as colleagues, as we served together on the Board of Trustees at Nashotah House, he as chairman, and later, as Dean and President (a role he “retired” from a second time, just a little over a year ago). I was particularly made even more aware of his priestly gifts in these last years as I saw just how loved and admired he was by the students. So many young men and women in ministry for decades to come will be shaped and guided by the Gospel-truths and generosity of spirit embodied by Bishop Salmon.
May God grant comfort and peace to Louise, Catherine, Edward and Theresa, and their children. May he rest in Peace and Rise in Glory!
From the Very Reverend Steven A. Peay
Dean and President of Nashotah House
“Edward Salmon loved Christ and His Church, and gave himself completely to service. He lived hospitality, welcoming all as Christ. He was a man of deep prayer and spiritual insight, and it showed in the way he lived.
"My fondest memory of him is his love of the intellectual life. He delighted in conversations with the faculty. He was quick to say that he was not a scholar, but that never kept him from thinking, reading and asking questions.
“Bishop Salmon loved Nashotah House, believed in its mission, and worked hard for its success. The world will be a little poorer now without his smile and his laugh.”
From the Reverend Canon John Zahl
Grace Church Cathedral, Charleston
This morning +Ed Salmon answered the Lord's call home to life eternal. He was wonderful to me and my family and I will always remember him fondly. Like when he gave me a generous check to celebrate my first anniversary. Or when he helped my Dad to pursue a PhD in Germany. Or when he once made the hilarious comment: "I don't generally care for people that don't like dogs. Your father is a key exception." Or when he told me: "that he'd never worn a pair of blue jeans, smoked a cigarette, drank a beer, or read a blog." Breakfasts with him at the Randolph in Oxford during seminary were an amazing experience, as if one of the portraits on the wall had come down to hold court. He put Deirdre completely at ease about moving to South Carolina, for which I am forever grateful. I constantly use his line: "if that's what you want, then that's what you should have." This photo was taken at my ordination to the Diaconate. He also confirmed me when I was 15. I continue to aspire to be as witty, unflinchingly hopeful, and capable of improvising according to the Spirit's prompting as him. Rest in peace, Bishop Salmon, and may flights of angels sing thee to thy rest.
Read an article in The Living Church online, "The Last Bishop"
Services for Bishop Salmon
A Memorial Eucharist for Bishop Salmon will be held this Saturday, July 2 at 11:00 a.m. at Grace Church Cathedral, 98 Wentworth St. in Charleston. The Reverend Dow Sanderson will be the preacher.
St. Louis area
The Church of St. Michael and St. George in Clayton, MO (near St. Louis) will keep a vigil beginning July 6 and the funeral service will be on July 7. Bishop Salmon's body will lie in repose at the High Altar of the church from 5:00 p.m. until 5:00 p.m. Thursday, July 7. The funeral service will be at 7:00 p.m. Thursday.