The Rev. Canon Major Malcolm Berry
The Rev. Canon Major Malcolm Berry

Obituary of The Rev. Canon Major Malcolm David Berry

It is with heavy hearts that the Berry family announces the sudden passing of our father and husband the Reverend Canon Major Malcolm Berry, at the age of 72. Each member of his adoring family was present, supporting one another in the way he would have wanted.

Malcolm's life was truly a hero's journey. The path he forged led him through many incarnations. He began with a difficult youth in the streets of Saint John before embracing the ideals of the '60s hippie movement in Toronto. He found his calling when he became an Evangelist bringing many lives to know Jesus. He then became a priest in the Anglican church serving for over 20 years and also acting as Archdeacon for the Diocese of Fredericton. Mid-career at age 40, he joined the 8th Canadian Hussars as a Military Reserve Chaplain. He enjoyed a rewarding career where he established himself as a proven leader and would go on to serve in the Golan Heights with the United Nations and was also appointed task force chaplain in Afghanistan. Despite his many accomplishments, he was most proud of his family and was a loving and devoted husband, provider, Dad and Grandpa.

The world stands still to mark his passing. His absence will be felt by many. His generous heart served others tirelessly while he suffered silently from numerous health complications. His life wasn't easy, but his personal transformation brought healing to countless lives. His sacrifices were profound, especially for his beloved family.

We thank you for your heartfelt thoughts, prayers, and continued support during this trying time. It means the world to us.

Malcolm is survived by his beloved wife of 43 years, Holly; children; Alex (Cambria), Johanna (Graeme), Colin (Danielle), Lesley-Anne; grandchildren: Emmett and Lucille; brother, Douglas; as well as other cherished family members. 

He was predeceased by his parents, Malcolm and Patricia (Frame) Berry.

“Well done, good and faithful servant!” (Matthew 25:23)

Arrangements are under the care and direction of Brenan’s Funeral Home, 111 Paradise Row, Saint John (506-634-7424), where visitation will be held on Sunday, November 26, 2023, from 3 to 8 pm. A funeral service will be held on Monday, November 27, 2023, at St. Mary and St. Bartholomew’s Church, 646 Westmorland Road, Saint John, at 2 pm. Livestreaming will be available on SMSB’s Church Facebook page and YouTube channel. For those who wish, remembrances to A Living Memorial (which can be made in person at Brenan's) or to Homes For Heroes ( would be appreciated by the family. Please place online condolences and remembrances at

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