In loving memory of William J. Whyte, Gladys Pearl Plaxton and Carry May Brookes. Erected 1950.”
Donor: The Plaxton Estate, 1949.
Meikle Stained Glass Studio, Toronto, 1950
Christ, wearing a crimson robe connoting his sacrifice and victory, gives His blessing as ascends to Heaven. Two small angelic figures are below Him on both sides of His rising body. A banner above His head proclaims: I am the way, the truth and the life. The Hand of God appears at the top of the window, and the Greek monogram XP (for Christ) is in a circle below.
The ascent of Christ into Heaven after the Resurrection is commemorated on Ascension Day, the fortieth day after Easter. The theme and the colours of glass are complementary to those of the McMartin window. Together they celebrate the beginning and end Christ's earthly life.
The three people remembered in this window are buried in Strathroy Municipal Cemetry in graves near each other. William Whyte died in 1932, Gladys Paxton in 1942, and Carrie May Brookes in 1943. Their connection with St. John is not clear.
Information from Trumpeting Our Stained Glass Windows, Elizabeth Spicer’s catalogue of the windows from the Church of St. John the Evangelist.
St. John the Evangelist
Stained glass, Church, Church window, London, Ontario