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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: Pat Eastman
Relation: Friend of family in Nyssa, Oregon USA

God’s peace to all of Dirk’s friends and family.

Dirk’s family and my family were very close in business and at St Paul’s Episcopal Church in Nyssa Oregon. Dirk was my older brother Mike’s best friend when they were growing up in Nyssa. I remember lots of “Dirk” stories in association with my brother and they are as fond now as when I first heard them. The “mumbeldy peg” game in the front yard of Dirk’s home and Grant finding him pulling up the peg with his front teeth and Grant demanding an answer. Brother Mike’s dining with Dirk’s family and catching a spoon across the back of the hand when he reached across the table in front of Grant for a slice of bread. Brother Mike was not held to such good manors as not reaching across the table at our home. Grant was a good teacher. I remember more and they are held with high regard in my heart.

Pat Eastman, Albany, Oregon.

From: mary Hudson
Relation: hrough Sorrento

Dear Karen, I send you and your family my deepest sympathy.I feel grateful that I knew Dirk when he was at Sorrento and later when he gave his birding courses.I send my love to the family. Mary

From: Jane Leeming
Relation: Hospice

Dear Karen and Family,
I was very sorry to learn about Dirk in the paper this week. He will be missed! Dirk sat on the Nelson & District Hospice board for many years. He was a kind and gentle man and was a great asset to our board. I remember meeting you once Karen, for a Hospice potluck dinner at your lovely home in Kaslo . You’re in my thoughts at this difficult time.

From: Peter & Jane Fowler
Relation: parishioners & friends

“Those who die in Grace are with God and God is very near.”
Dirk was indeed a man of God and will be hugely missed by all those who knew and loved him.

From: Judy & Colin Fothergill
Relation: neighbours to the Sorrento Centre. '81 - '93

Hi Karen & family – I was just checking something out on the Sorrento Centre site & came across the info on Dirk. Always sad to lose someone as special as your loved ones, but it is probably great to know that he has gone to be with the Lord. Nice having known you all.

From: Sandy Hampton
Relation: Fellow Cleric

Mari and I send our sympathies to the family with thanksgiving for Dirks life. It was a pleasure serving with him in Eastern Oregon.

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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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