Requiescat: The Rev. Canon Warren Nyback (Service at St. Paul's on May 20th)

From Bishop J. Jon Bruno:

May 8, 2017

To the Clergy and People of the Diocese:

I am very sorry to inform you that the Rev. Canon Warren Stanley Nyback, rector-emeritus of St. Paul's, Pomona, and a former diocesan chaplain to retired clergy and spouses, died Saturday May 6, at his home in Pilgrim Place, Claremont. He was 77 and had suffered the effects of Alzheimer's disease.

Please join me in prayer for Warren's family, especially his husband, Michael Witmer, and Warren's daughter, the Rev. Dr. Rachel Anne Nyback, rector of St. Cross, Hermosa Beach. Warren is predeceased by his wife, Gretchen, and by their daughter Amy.

Bishop Diane Jardine Bruce and I will share in officiating at Requiem Eucharist at 11 a.m. on Saturday, May 20, at St. Paul's Church, 242 E. Alvarado St., Pomona. Clergy are invited to vest in cassock, surplice and white stole, and to walk in procession.

As many of you know, Warren was a close friend and pastor to me and to Mary Bruno at St. Paul's, Pomona, where I assisted and where Mary and I were married in 1984. I was honored when he accepted my invitation to serve, beginning in 2002, as chaplain to the diocese's retired clergy and their spouses.

Born in Los Angeles in August 1939, Warren said he felt called to the priesthood while a junior-high schooler attending summer camp. After graduating from USC and the Church Divinity School of the Pacific, he was ordained to the priesthood by Bishop F. Eric Bloy in 1965. Warren first served as curate at St. Luke's, Long Beach (1964-1967) and then as rector of St. Timothy's, Compton (1967-72) before beginning in 1972 as rector in Pomona, where he served for 29 years. He was a Shakespeare scholar, a master baker, and long active in diocesan ministries, serving on Diocesan Council, as a deputy to General Convention, on the Episcopal News editorial board, and on numerous diocesan bodies, including the Bishop's Commission on LGBT Ministries.

"Pastor's acceptance of others and himself will be his legacy," reads the headline of an L.A. Times feature article published just after Warren's final service in Pomona on Christmas Eve 2001. There, with the support of the St. Paul's after Gretchen Nyback's death in 1992, Warren and Michael, an attorney, began living openly together and eventually were married, advocating for full inclusion of LGBT people in all areas of church and society. Their shared love and witness remains an example to us all.

Rest eternal grant to your servant Warren, O Lord, and let light perpetual shine upon him.

Together in Christ, 

+ J. Jon Bruno