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Archdeacon Bill Stadnyk - funeral arrangements

Posted: May 23, 2018

We are saddened to announce to all of Archdeacon Bill Stadnyk’s friends that he died early this morning in the Sault Area Hospital, surrounded by his loving family. We give thanks for his long, full life, and for his faith in our Lord Jesus Christ, which sustained him through many difficult times.  We pray for his wife of 65 years, Doreen, and for his family who are left to mourn him but are confident that he rests in the arms of Jesus and in that place of green pastures and still waters.  Already, we have received messages of remembrance and thanksgiving from people whose lives Fr. Bill touched in his ministry. They are stories of how Fr. Bill, as he was affectionately known in Algoma, walked alongside them in their life journey, always witnessing to the good news of Jesus.

Father Bill was ordained as a presbyter on May 1, 1958 at St. John the Divine, North Bay by Archbishop Wright.  He provided ministry at Church of the Holy Spirit (Manitouwadge), St. Peter the Apostle (Elliot Lake), Holy Trinity (Sault Ste. Marie), and St. James (Goulais).  He was a Chaplain at the Sault Ste. Marie Jail (1986) and at the Northern Treatment Centre (1990-1994).  He served as the Rural Dean of Algoma (1975-1981/1983-1986), appointed as an Honourary Canon of St. Luke’s Cathedral in 1983 and Archdeacon of Algoma from 1986 to 1996.  Upon his retirement he was granted the title of Archdeacon Emeritus.

Father Bill was as busy in retirement as he was in regular ministry.  Providing ministry at St. James in Goulais and seldom missing a clericus, clergy conference, or Diocesan Synod.  He was a strong advocate and supporter of Camp Manitou where many have hiked Mount Stadnyk.  He made some of the best maple syrup in the north-country.  Many a visitor to our Diocese has been privileged to return home with a sample of his tasty treat.

A funeral service is planned for 10 a.m. on Friday, May 25th at Holy Trinity Anglican Church.  Clergy are invited to vest and process.  The liturgical colour is white.  A reception will follow at Trinity Centre.

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