RIP: The Rev. Gary P. Fertig

Posted Oct 8, 2014

ens_100814_garyFertigThe Rev. Gary P. Fertig, rector of The Church of The Ascension in Chicago until his retirement in 2012, has died aged 62.

A former vicar of Saint Thomas Fifth Avenue in New York and teacher at the choir school, Fertig was a graduate of Nashotah House Seminary.

Fertig will be buried in Ann Arbor, Michigan on Friday, Oct. 10 at 10 a.m. A Requiem Mass will be said by the Rev. David Cobb, rector of Ascension, at 7:30 a.m. on Oct. 10, prior to Fertig’s burial.

A notice from Church of the Ascension is available here.


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  1. Livingston Prescott Humboldt IV says:

    A fine priest and a fine man. I remember him well from St. Thomas. Rest eternal.

  2. M. E. Finklea says:

    There are no words….Just tears. May he rest in peace and rise in Glory.

  3. Livingston Prescott Humboldt IV says:

    Interesting that he and Fr. Andrew died a few days apart. Two great priests!

  4. Danielle A, Gaherty says:

    They each were an integral part of helping me find the God I continue to seek. Both Gary & John taught me to be open and to explore and to know the love and joy that came with being an Episcopalian. It is hard to conceive however, that Gary is gone at such young age. I so agree with Marilyn Finklea, that the tears are what we are left with for the loss of both these exceptional priests.

  5. The Revd Canon Dr Huntingdon Willmott Faversham-Greaves LXIII says:

    Truly a loss for the Episcopal Church. Stranger still is that Bishop Tom Shaw died around the same time! May the rest in peace and rise in glory!

  6. Jeremiah J. de Michaelis says:

    Fr. Fertig was a marvelous priest who graciously consented to officiate at my wedding to Alice Preston Hord in 1986. We had decided to elope to NYC ( after much advanced planning), so officiating for two strangers was something he needn’t have done. We always appreciated his kindness and pray for the repose of his soul. May he rest in peace and rise in glory with the saints. J de M

  7. Monique Emilyne Thomas says:

    He was the first priest to whom I confessed my spiritual doubts and personal pains and difficulties as a young teen-aged girl some 36 years ago, when he, as a very young man, served at Saint Thomas’s Episcopal Church in Manhattan. When he was re-assigned to serve in the mid-west, never to return to NYC, I missed him tremendously. He was a fine man with great moral integrity and a totally dedicated brother. I was so happy when just two years ago, I sent him a Christmas card, in which I wrote an update of my life directly to his Chicago location. He wrote me back, overjoyed- thanking me for my letter and telling me of how he had never forgotten me. He also mentioned that he had “health problems”, but I hoped that he was going to be alright. I now know that I have lost one of the greatest friends I ever had.

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