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Dirk Tensen Rinehart Pidcock

February 1, 1939 - September 18, 2014


Dirk Tensen Rinehart Pidcock, of Kaslo, BC died at home peacefully, September 18, after nearly two years of significant health issues.  He was predeceased by his parents Grant & Betty Rinehart of Nyssa, Oregon.  He will be lovingly missed by his wife of fifty-two years, Karen Enstrom Rinehart Pidcock, children Ann Rinehart of Nanaimo, BC, Nathan Rinehart of Golden, BC, Asia Sung Rinehart of Toronto, & grandson Jordan Rinehart of Campbellville, Ontario; sisters:  Kristin Ginther (Daniel) of Central Point, Oregon, Gretchen Kimsey (Rustin) of The Dalles, Oregon, Jan Rinehart of Portland, Oregon, & Triena Hiatt of Ontario, Oregon; sister-in-law, Gretchen Cloke of Tacoma, Washington; two aunts, one uncle, many cousins, nephews & nieces.  Dirk was born February 1, 1939, in Nyssa, Oregon.  He graduated from the University of Oregon in 1961, studied theology at Church Divinity School of the Pacific in Berkeley, California in preparation for the Episcopal priesthood, and then served three parishes in the Diocese of Eastern Oregon, before moving with his family in 1978 to direct the Sorrento Centre of the Anglican Church of Canada.  From 1984 to 1991, he served as associate priest at Christ Church Cathedral, Vancouver. 


Moving to Kaslo in the Diocese of Kootenay in 1991, Dirk and Karen served the seven congregations in Nakusp, New Denver, Kaslo, Balfour, Willow Point, Nelson, and South Slocan. As Missioner of the Kokanee region for twelve years, Dirk was a pioneer in developing innovative ways the Anglican Church might continue to know a healthy presence in communities that have difficulty supporting traditional ministries. Dirk believed each faith community had all the gifts necessary to be alive to the teachings of Jesus…caring for one another and for the world about them…ever-building the spiritual strength and confidence of the membership. He ended his professional life as Archdeacon of the Kootenays, while serving voluntarilly as priest to the end.


Dirk, as a lover of the natural world, became an avid birder, initiating and leading other keen birders of the North Kootenay Lake area, and more recently enjoyed wildlife photography. Throughout his life he loved  caring for animals, including many cat and dog companions, raised goats, rabbits, and chickens and grew food in the garden. He loved fishing and camping trips with his family and Kaslo godchildren. He served as president of the Kaslo Hospice Society and served on the board of the Community Fund of North Kootenay Lake Society. Both in Vancouver and Kaslo, Dirk encouraged and supported refugee sponsorship, and served three years on the board of the Primate's World Relief & Development Fund of the Anglican Church of Canada. Although a diagnosis of chronic leukemia slowed him down during the past two years of treatment, he continued living life to the fullest, with gratitude for each new day. He and Karen were so grateful for the compassionate medical care received in both the Kaslo Health Centre and the Nelson Hospital, especially acknowledging Dr. Phillip Malpass and the nurses on the chemo ward. Most who were privileged to know Dirk will greatly miss the gentle, supportive and kind person he was.


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From: Thompson Funeral Service Ltd. Staff

Thompson Funeral Service Ltd. Staff send our condolences to family and friends.

From: Megan & Mark Jarman & Family
Relation: Niece & Family

Dearest Aunt Karen & Family, Thinking of you all and wishing you strength, courage and peace during this very difficult time. Sending much love to you all!! The Jarman Family xoxoxo

From: Doug Reeves
Relation: I knew Dirk as the Archdeacon of the area

Thoughts and prayers go to Karen and the whole family. We appreciated the support Dirk provided when we were in the Kootenays.

Doug and Anna Reeves

From: Kristin, Craig, & Kevin Petersen
Relation: cousin

What joy you have brought to our lives. Sharing your knowledge of birds on beautiful strolls at our reunions in Oregon. Sharing your love of God, of family, & of nature. We feel blessed to have our time at Cove with you and Karen sharing a cup of coffee on a beautiful morning. Prayers that the love you gave us all wraps around your beautiful family in a hug as they miss you so much. We will never forget the wonderful person you were.

From: Rebecca Anderson
Relation: Sorrento - Summer Staff 1985

Sending you all my sincere condolences at the loss of such a warm soul. Wishing you all peace, as you remember how much Dirk blessed this world!

From: Sandra Donnelly
Relation: friend from Sorrento

My sincere condolences to you and your family. May God comfort you and his peace that passes understanding be with you.

From: Doug Harder
Relation: from Redeemer Pendleton

Heartfelt prayers to Karen, family & friends. Wonderful stories will continue to be told about Dirk’s early ministry in Eastern Oregon. I feel fortunate to have had a wonderful conversation with him a year or so ago. Eternal blessings. Doug

From: Jacqueline Hood
Relation: Bishop Kimsey, Former Bishop, St.John's Hermiston, Or.

Dear Bishop Kimsey and Gretchen,
I am so sorry for your loss and recall your beautiful consideration
and time at St. John’s.
God’s peace.
Jackie Hood

From: Robyn and Dan Hines
Relation: Friend and colleague

Karen and Family,
It was a honour and a pleasure to meet Dirk this summer and Dan has spoken so very highly of Dirk over the years.
It was lovely to see you both at Chris’ memorial celebration and so glad that Dan got another chance to chat with Dirk

From: Robyn and Dan Hines
Relation: Friend/colleague

Just to close Karen, our love and caring are with you Friday and onward. May you cherish the memories of such a loving and wonderful husband. Our hearts are with you, our deepest sympathies as you face this very significant loss. Robyn and Dan Hines

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Service Schedule

  Funeral Service

Date & Time:
October 3, 2014
Beginning at 1:30pm

St. Mark''s Anglican Church

Kaslo, BC Canada V0G 1M0

Kaslo, BC Canada V0G 1M0

Memorial Gifts

Memorial donations will be gratefully accepted to:
Kootenay Lake Hospital
3 View St. Nelson, BC
V1L 2V1

or to
St. Mark's Church – Together in Mission Campaign
Box 1059 Kaslo, BC
V0G 1M0

Thank You Notice

He and Karen were so grateful for the compassionate medical care received in both the Kaslo Health Centre and the Nelson Hospital, especially acknowledging Dr. Phillip Malpass and the nurses on the chemo ward.

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