Feature Article from The Cyrenian parish newsletter, Vol. 1, No. 1
A Parishioner’s History
By Ersaline Callender
Joseph H. Callender
Joseph H. Callender practiced law in New Rochelle for forty-seven years. He was born in Boston, Massachusetts, the youngest of four children. His mother was from Montserrat, West Indies and his father was from Barbados.
Joe has many fond memories of the Episcopal Church in his life. St. Cyprian Episcopal Church in Boston was a great influence on him and his brothers. The three boys, Barry, Tom and Joe were known in church circles as the Callender Trio. They played the piano, violin and saxophone at all the church teas and programs. St. Cyprian’s is where Joe established his foundation in church law that later developed into his extensive knowledge of the laws and structure of the Episcopal Church. This knowledge has served him well as legal consultant at St Simon’s for forty-seven years.
Joe has never been one to seek the limelight. He has always been a private person. (He is a lawyer). His accomplishments with the Priests, the Vestry members and the Wardens (Chris Boswell, Dodbrook Weekes and Beryl Battle) required hundreds of hours of legal work.
For over forty - five years Joe was probably involved in most of the major decisions of St. Simon’s. (Minor decisions, too). Joe truly enjoyed working with the Priests during these years starting with Father Moore, Father Wooden, Father Warner, Canon Powell, Father Fleming and Father Griffith. Joe worked closely with all of the priests. Many years, many people.
One major visible part of Joe’s achievements was the establishment of St. Simon’s Credit Union. The Credit Union was organized by Joe well before ATMs. It was very active at a time when Negroes were not so well received by the local banks. So, the Credit Union provided a much-needed service. The operation of St. Simon’s Credit Union was not a one-man job. Its successful organization required the cooperative work of many people over the years. We remember them: Arthur Turner, Byron Martin, Alfred ‘Pop’ Braham, Edith Gaynor, Ruth Hamilton, Cornelia Cole Dance, Edith Cole Robinson, Sammy Jones, Margery Scott, Mavis Seeney, Florence Dickerson, Violet Weekes and Darrell Barrow.
Again, many years, many people. (Please forgive us if we missed someone).
St. Simon’s Credit Union … a great service provided by a great group of people working together with Joe’s leadership. Joe loved the Credit Union! Joe loves St Simon’s.
My thanks to Adelaide Campbell and Dodbrook Weekes for helping me with this history.
Note from the website editor: Mr. Callender died on October 9, 2012.
Click here to read Mr. Callender's obituary.
A Joseph Callendar Tribute from Attorney Hawthorne Harris