“Hons. Ray Lawson, 1886-1980" Dedicated on Sept. 28, 1980.
Donors: the Lawson Family
The window speaks of Lawson’s role in public life. At the top of the window is the descending dove, a reminder that all authority and power is of God and comes from God. The flag of the Anglican Church of Canada is a reminder that such authority and power can be expressed through faithfulness to the Church. On the left is the flag of the Lieutenant Governor of Ontario, and on the right is the Red Ensign of Canada which refers to the Office of Consul General. Wallis used his knowledge of heraldic symbolism to highlight significant dates in Lawson’s career – O.B.E, 1943; Lieutenant Governor of Ontario, 1946 – 52; Consul General, New York, 1953 - 55. Surrounding the composition is Verse 4 of the 23rd Psalm: Yea, though I walk. Through the valley of the shadows of death, I will fear no evil: for thou art with me; thy rod and thy staff they comfort me.
Like his parents, Frank and Lorena, Ray Lawson was dedicated to church, country, and family. In 1927, he chaired the committee which created the Parish Hall and enlarged the chancel with a new three-sided one.
Information from Trumpeting Our Stained Glass Windows, Elizabeth Spicer’s catalogue of the windows from the Church of St. John the Evangelist.
London, Middlesex Deanery, St. John the Evangelist London
Stained glass, Church, Church window, London, Ontario