Boak Jobbins

Boak Jobbins (1947 – 2012) preacher, author, builder
One of Boak Jobbins’ key contributions to St Andrew’s was the prominent role he played in its restoration. He was endlessly committed to the project and the stonemasons even carved a likeness of his head into the stonework on the roof. Jobbins’ devotion to his beliefs extended beyond his leadership within the church.

In 1992, Jobbins became the 10th Dean of Sydney at St Andrew’s Cathedral, a role he held for a decade.

He was a gifted preacher who delivered eloquent and insightful sermons. His deep, resounding voice would fill the cathedral with colourful language and touching metaphors. He could be gruff at times and tremendously charming at others.

His talent and charisma were on display in 1997 when he presided over the televised funeral service of INXS frontman Michael Hutchence. He also conducted the Sydney memorial service for Diana, Princess of Wales.

One of his key contributions to St Andrew’s was the prominent role he played in its restoration. He was endlessly committed to the project and the stonemasons even carved a likeness of his head into the stonework on the roof.

Jobbins’s devotion to his beliefs extended beyond his leadership within the church. He was a long-serving member of the Anglican Church League, as well as the standing committee and the presentation board of the Diocese of Sydney, and was a member of the liturgical committee of the Anglican General Synod. He also wrote notes for a Moore College external course booklet, ”Introduction to the Bible”, and he and Di conducted several tours through Jordan and Israel.

In 2002, Jobbins made an unlikely career change by returning to St Mark’s as rector, where he served until his death. He was well known by locals for his trademark Panama hat, which he wore when greeting parishioners at the door of the church and when walking to and from the rectory. In 2003, Jobbins was awarded an OAM and he also received the Centenary of Federation Medal. He was a Fellow of St Paul’s College at Sydney University from 2005.

Source : http://www.smh.com.au/national/obituaries/a-loyal-servant-of-the-anglican-faith-20121109-2939w.html

Further :

http://www.news.com.au/breaking-news/national/former-dean-of-st-andrews-cathedral-dies/story-e6frfku9-1226462989738

http://sydneyanglicans.net/news/stories/former-dean-of-sydney-dies

http://www.gg.gov.au/program/federal-executive-council-thanksgiving-service-late-reverend-canon-boak-jobbins-oam-australia-china-desert-adventure

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