Sunday, October 21
The Rev’d Canon Sydney Anglin Woodd-Cahusac was a guiding light and friend to the Choir of Men & Boys for thirteen years. Join us for this offering of Choral Evensong, honoring the fond memory of the “Canon” and all that he meant to the Christ Church Music program. The service will feature music by Tomkins, Noble, and Mendelssohn.
The Canon’s story has led more than one person to examine his or her own life. Woodd-Cahusac started his adult life as a lawyer and corporate executive. But at age 66, he decided to attend Yale Divinity School and in 1986, he was ordained an Episcopal priest.
A much-beloved figure in Greenwich, he served at St. Barnabas Church before joining the staff of Christ Church Greenwich, and those who sought his counsel found him caring, cheerful and easy to talk to. His daughter, Ann Neary of Riverside, wrote, “He once told me he had endless affection for people. I think people felt it instantaneously.”
He graduated from Princeton University in 1940 and later joined the U.S. Marine Corps. Canon Woodd-Cahusac was a captain during the Iwo Jima landing, and he witnessed the historic raising of the Stars and Stripes over the island. Fifty years later, he delivered a eulogy at Iwo Jima ceremonies in Washington, D.C. He graduated from Yale Law School in 1947 and practiced law, later becoming treasurer of American Standard Inc. He also worked at Rockefeller University for 14 years, retiring in 1983 as treasurer and house counsel.
His interest in the priesthood developed in part because of his family history. A great-grandfather, Thomas Barry Woodd-Cahusac, was curate for the Island of Jamaica. Another ancestor had been ordained a minister in the Church of England in 1784. Sydney Woodd-Cahusac was made a canon of the Episcopal Church in 1995. At Christ Church Greenwich, he was Chaplain of the men’s choir and the boys’ choir for thirteen years.
Canon Woodd-Cahusac was very involved in the community, having served on the Board of Estimate and Taxation, the Board of Tax Review and on the board of directors of Greenwich Emergency Medical Service Inc. He also was a former chairman on the Town’s Commission on Aging. Minister, businessman, lawyer, community leader – the roles of Woodd-Cahusac’s full life offered an example that caused many who knew him to ponder how they are contributing to the world.
A Sydney A. Woodd-Cahusac Memorial Fund was established in 2006 to provide financial assistance to the choir. Today’s Evensong marks the anniversary when the choir sings in honor and fond memory of the “Canon” and all that he meant to the Choir of Men & Boys.