Bishop Haynes of Southwest Florida Dies

Episcopal News Service. June 9, 1988 [88122]

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (DPS, June 9) -- The Rt. Rev. E. Paul Haynes, Bishop of Southwest Florida, died May 30 in St. Anthony's Hospital, St. Petersburg.

He had entered the hospital three days before with a bleeding gastric ulcer, and this was followed by a heart attack from which he never recovered.

Bishop since September 1975, Haynes was known for his support of ecumenical and interfaith relationships. Along with Bishop W. Thomas Larkin of the Catholic Diocese of St. Petersburg, he was the joint recipient of the 1988 Silver Medallion Brotherhood Award from the Tampa Bay area chapter of the National Conference of Christians and Jews (NCCJ).

A covenant was signed by the two bishops in January 1987. Haynes was active in the ongoing Pontifax Catholic/Episcopal dialogue, sponsored by both Catholic and Episcopal lay women. He was an influential founder of Religious United for Action in the Community (RUAC), and he was a leader in getting the St. Petersburg Thanksgiving Interfaith Service re-established on an annual basis. His service on the NCCJ Board of Governors continued throughout his episcopate.

Haynes was a director of the Florida Council of Churches, a trustee of the Bishop Gray Inn for Older People in Davenport, Fla., the Suncoast Manor Retirement Center, St. Petersburg, and the University of the South at Sewanee, Tenn.

He spent the first 11 years of his priesthood in the Diocese of Southern Ohio, after which he was called to the Cathedral Church of St. Luke in Orlando, where he served as Canon Chancellor for five years. He then moved to Fort Myers, and served for 10 years there as rector of St. Luke's. During that time, the parish was relocated, completely rebuilt, and eventually it came to serve as the mother parish of the region.

Before his election as bishop, Haynes served on the Standing Committee and Diocesan Council and as Deputy to the Provincial Synod and General Conventions of 1970 and 1973.

He was awarded the honorary Doctor of Humane Letters by his alma mater, Indiana Central University in Indianapolis.

Haynes is survived by his wife, Helen, a daughter, Rosalind Haynes Triano of Fort Myers, and three grandsons.

A Requiem Eucharist was held on June 3 at the Cathedral Church of St. Peter, St. Petersburg. Former Presiding Bishop John Allin was celebrant and preacher.