STACKHOUSE, Reginald Francis
Distinguished theologian, author, preacher and parliamentarian, Reginald Francis Stackhouse passed away peacefully on Wednesday, December 14, 2016 at Toronto, with his children, grandchildren, friends and Christmas joy at his side.
Born April 30, 1925, Reg was son of Edward Ingram Stackhouse and Emma McNeill Stackhouse. He was predeceased by brothers, Thomas and Edward, and his wife of 60 years, Margaret Eleanor (Allman), who passed away in 2011. He is survived by his four children, Mary (Greg Hatt), Elizabeth, Ruth and John (Cindy Andrew); nine grandchildren, Timothy (Janice), Charles (Natalie), Hilary and Joanna Hatt, Lindsay, Jennifer and Caroline Reynolds, and Matthew and Lauren Stackhouse; and two great-grandchildren, Arthur Horslen Hatt and Benjamin Hatt.
Reg grew up in Toronto and began a nearly 75-year relationship with the University of Toronto, entering Wycliffe College in 1943. After serving in the Canadian Officers' Training Corps until the end of World War II, he graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in 1946 and a Masters in political economy in 1951. Ordained an Anglican priest in 1950, he was dispatched to west Toronto to build the parish of St. Matthew's, Islington. He served as rector of St. John's, West Toronto, before moving with Margaret and their three small children to Yale University, where he earned his Ph.D. in historical theology. He returned to Toronto to pursue an academic career at Wycliffe, including a transformative tenure as Principal, from 1975-1986, when he led a campaign to make the Toronto School of Theology a full member of the university. He continued teaching until 2014.
A devoted public servant, Reg served as trustee and vice-chairman of the Scarborough Board of Education, and founding chairman of Centennial College, Ontario's first community college. He served in the House of Commons from 1972-74, representing Scarborough East, and from 1984-88 as the member for Scarborough West. During his time in Parliament, he chaired the Standing Committee on Human Rights, served as Canadian Representative to the United Nations, and was a member of five overseas missions, including one to renegotiate the Nuclear Non- Proliferation Treaty. He later served as a member of the Canadian Human Rights Commission and the Ontario Human Rights Commission.
A member of the Order of Ontario, he authored 10 books, including 'The God Nobody Knows' and 'The Coming Age Revolution.'
His family would like to extend special thanks to the palliative care unit of Toronto Western Hospital for helping him leave this world with the same peace and joy that he gave to so many.
Friends may call at the Turner & Porter Yorke Chapel, 2357 Bloor St. W., at Windermere, east of the Jane subway, on Saturday, from 2:00 - 5:00 p.m. and on Sunday, from 2:00 - 4:00 p.m. Funeral service will be held at Wycliffe College, Sheraton Hall, on Monday, December 19, 2016, at 10:00 a.m. Interment, St. George's on-the-Hill Churchyard Cemetery.
Friday December 16, 2016
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