In Memory of




Obituary for Alan Charles Minarcik

The Rev. Dr. Alan Charles
Minarcik passed away Friday,
September 10, 2021, at Mc-
Nally House Hospice, Grimsby,
Ontario. He was the son of
Elbert and Hazel Minarcik,
born January 17, 1943, Alan
grew up in Queens, New York
City; educated at the State
University College of New
York at Albany (B.A. Honors),
Princeton Theological Seminary,
N.J. (B.D) and Andover
Newton Theological Seminary,
Mass (Dr. of Ministry).
Alan married Clare Folprecht,
May 14, 1966, who survives
him; children include: daughter,
Karen Lynn Minarcik
(Arviat, Nunavut); daughter,
Rachel Ann Low, husband,
Barry Low (Martensville,
Saskatchewan), and son, John
Elbert Minarcik, wife Brandie
Minarcik (Welland, Ontario);
proud grandfather of Emma
Clare Low and Aidan James
Low (Martensville, Saskatchewan);
sister Kathi Ogoreuc
and husband, Frank Ogoreuc
(Sun City Center, Florida); and
uncle to Scott Ogoreuc
(Holliston, Mass.) and Allison
Varanelli (Hellertown, Pa);
predeceased by sister Barbara
Lou Minarcik (Lockport, New
His life experiences included:
high school Latin teacher, Star
Lake, New York; minister at
Andover and Belmont United
Presbyterian Churches (New
York); Blackstone Federated
Church (Massachusetts); First
Presbyterian Church (Troy,
Pennsylvania); Sylvania Presby
-terian Church (Pennsylvania);
St. Paul Street United Church
(St. Catharines, Ontario); First
United Church (Swift Current,
Saskatchewan); Third Avenue
United Church (Saskatoon,
Saskatchewan); St. Andrews
United Church (St. Catharines,
When Alan retired, he served
as a supply minister at
Vineland United Church
(Vineland, Ontario) and Trinity
United Church, (Grimsby,
Ontario). He also served as
chaplain at Hotel Dieu Shaver
Hospital (St. Catharines,
Ontario) for 15 years.
Alan thrived on watching
baseball and football games.
He was an avid fan of the
Brooklyn Dodgers, New York
Mets, Saskatchewan Roughriders,
Buffalo Bills and Buffalo
Bisons. A man of quick wit, a
master wordsmith and story
teller, he was curious about
science fiction (Star Trek!) and
alternate history.
He truly loved visiting family
and his sister, Barbara when
she resided in New York City
and later in Lockport, New
York. Traveling highlights
included attending study leave
events and with Clare
discovering USA and Canadian
historical sites.
A celebration of life will be
held on Saturday, September
25, 2021, at Trinity Unity
Church, 100 Main Street West,
Grimsby, Ontario. Doors will
be open at 1:45 p.m. Guests
are limited to 50 by reservation.
To reserve a space or
spaces, please contact Trinity
United Church, Grimsby, by
email at
m or by phone at: 905-945-
2249. In accordance with
church policy attendees will
need to wear a mask and be
fully vaccinated.
The service will also be livestreamed
on the church's
Youtube channel, Trinity
United Church, Grimsby.
Private interment at Lane
Cemetery, Saint. Anns, Ontario
Family would appreciate
remembrances in Alan's
memory to McNally House
Hospice, Grimsby, Ontario or
Start Me Up Niagara (Out of
the Cold).