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Condolences to the Finlay family

Posted: Mar 20, 2017

As posted on the Diocese of Toronto website -


The Most Rev. Terence Finlay died early this morning, March 20th

Ordained deacon in 1961 and priest in 1962, he came to the Diocese of Toronto from the Diocese of Huron in 1982 and served as Incumbent of St. Clement, Eglinton.  In 1986, he was elected a suffragan bishop in Toronto and served in the Area of Trent Durham.  He was elected Coadjutor Bishop in 1987 and installed as the 10th Bishop of Toronto in 1989.   He was elected and installed as Metropolitan of the Ecclesiastical Province of Ontario in 2000.   

After his retirement in 2004, he served as Chaplain to the National House of Bishops, episcopal visitor to the Mission to Seafarers in Canada, and was the Primate's Envoy on Residential Schools to the Truth and Reconciliation Commission.  He continued to serve as Interim Priest-in-Charge for several parishes in the diocese, most recently retiring this past Christmas from All Saints' Kingsway.

Throughout his ministry he was ably supported by his wife, Canon Alice Jean (AJ) Finlay, who also has served in many international organisations including the Central Committee of the World Council of Churches.  Our prayers and condolences are offered for her and their daughters, Sara Jane and Rebecca, and their families.

The funeral will take place at St. James Cathedral on Saturday, March 25th at 10:00 a.m. A visitation and vigil will take place the night before.  

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