Hundreds fill a Fresno church to remember Bishop John-David Schofield

FRESNO, Calif.

Parishioners and clergy from different denominations joined together in faith and in honor of the Retired Bishop John-David Schofield.

The 75-year-old's reach was one that spanned across church lines and many in the Valley say his loss is quite a void.

Bishop Eric Menees described how it feels to fill such a man's shoes in the Diocese of San Joaquin. He said he took the succession "with fear and trembling to be sure."

Bishop Eric Menees delivered the sermon at Schofield's celebration of life and described the funeral as a day that is "awesome and tragic."

At the same time Menees said, "Oh he had such a sense of humor and a joy in life, he would laugh the deep laugh that just made you feel good."

The retired Anglican Bishop is often remembered for leading the Episcopal Church split, separating the church over the defense of traditional marriage.

Bishop Menees says that is not how Schofield would want to be remembered.

"I wish they'd had a chance to know him, because John David loved each and every person, he loved with the love of Christ, there was no bigotry, there was no fear in him, just love," Menees said.

Parishioner Ron Steele served as usher and asked to be one for the celebration of life and tells us Schofield's loss is a void and a big one.

Ron Steele, who served as an usher for the service said, "Someone like him is irreplaceable, it's going to take several people to fill the void he has left behind."

Bishop Menees says he hopes Bishop Schofield's legacy is that of a shepherd of the people of God.

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