Bill MacKaye, who had been associated with Loaves and Fishes since its inception in the late 1960s, passed away the morning of August 21. He was also a decades-long member of St. Stephen and the Incarnation Episcopal Church, which started Loaves and Fishes and continues to house it in its basement. At the time of his death, he was a member of the Loaves and Fishes Management Board.

Bill died in New Haven, Conn., surrounded by his family. He had been hospitalized for several weeks after a fall.

Bill was the institutional memory of the church, but so much more than that. He also sat on the vestry (board) of the church as well as the boards of numerous other nonprofit organizations. He was passionate about the Loaves and Fishes ministry of St. Stephen’s. To the program’s Management Board, staff and program, Bill was a champion, friend, mentor, and anchor for this ministry.

Bill’s memorial service will be held at St. Stephen’s on Saturday, September 30, at 10:30am, followed by a reception. If you are unable to attend the service, it will be live-streamed, and the recording will be posted to St. Stephen’s YouTube channel.

Read Bill’s obituary in the Washington Post (where his career as a journalist and editor culminated).

Memorial gifts

Following Bill’s wishes, his family encourages memorial donations to Loaves and Fishes in lieu of flowers.

To give:

  • by credit card (choose “In Memory of William “Bill” MacKaye” on the drop-down menu)
  • by check: Make your check out to “St. Stephen and the Incarnation Church” with “Loaves and Fishes-Bill MacKaye” on the memo line. You can mail your check to:

    St. Stephen and the Incarnation
    1525 Newton St NW
    Washington, DC 20010

    or, if you are a member of St. Stephen’s, you can drop your check in the offering plate at worship on Sunday morning.

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