The Very Rev. Cyril Stavrevsky, 76, died as he was preparing to celebrate Vespers in Saint John the Baptist Church here, on Saturday, September 27, 2003.
A native of Rochester, Father Stavrevsky attended local schools and studied business administration and accounting at the Rochester Institute of Technology and the University of Rochester. For a number of years he worked in the accounting field and as a corporate executive. He also served as senior warden of Saint John the Baptist Church.
In 1947 he married the former Margarite Franziska Rupp while serving as a civilian employee of the US Military in Frankfurt, Germany.
He enrolled in Saint Vladimir Seminary, Crestwood, NY in 1968 and was ordained to the diaconate and priesthood by the late Metropolitan Ireney the following year. After his graduation he served as the seminary’s Dean of Students while serving Holy Trinity Church, Willimantic, CT. From 1971 until 1977 he served as the Orthodox chaplain at the US Military Academy, West Point, NY.
In 1977, Father Stavrevsky was assigned assistant pastor of Saints Peter and Paul Church, Syracuse, NY. From 1979 until his death he served as rector of St. John the Baptist Church.
In addition to his seminary and pastoral duties, Father Stavrevsky served as an elected member and later as chairman of the Orthodox Church in America’s Auditing Committee from 1970 to 1989, having been successively elected to the committee by seven All-American Councils.
In recognition of his outstanding ministry, Father Stavrevsky received numerous awards, including the right to wear the jeweled cross.
In addition to his wife Margarite, Father Stavrevsky is also survived by two children, the Very Rev. Ken Ignaty James Stavrevsky, an OCA military chaplain, and Ann Carol.
Funeral services are slated to be celebrated at St. John the Baptist Church, Rochester, NY on Tuesday, September 30 at 7:00 p.m. with the Divine Liturgy on Wednesday, October 1 at 9:00 a.m. Interment will be at Mount Hope Cemetery.
May Father Stavrevsky’s memory be eternal.