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John Butler and Sylvia Kun posted a condolence
Sunday, November 3, 2019We were so sorry to hear of John's death. I have known him for many years, and he has been a kind friend and colleague. John had a delightful sense of humour and a great love of music (he preferred Bach, I liked Handel) in addition to his vast knowledge of Byzantine history. Only John could have presented me with a book for my PhD graduation inscribed elegantly in Greek! He was the ideal latitudinarian in his religion-- he never rebuked or lectured me for being a non-believer, and seemed to me the epitome of everything that was good about the Church of England-- civilised, tolerant and compassionate. We were so happy when he married Jan, and glad that they were able to spend the last years of John's life together. I only regret that I was never able to meet them together.
Leah Gowron posted a condolence
Tuesday, September 10, 2019I have years of wonderful memories of Prof. Wortley, from his role as a beloved faculty member for my MA and PhD studies. He was ALWAYS patient, consistently humorous, and left you with a smile, no matter how short the interaction. While years have passed since those academic days, it remained a delight to receive an annual note in the mail over the holiday season, to read what was new, and to know that Prof. Wortley continued to impact so many that he interacted with. The world is just a little grayer now with his absence. Know how much you will be missed.
Lucinda Gordon posted a condolence
Wednesday, September 4, 2019I was surprised to hear of the death of Dr.Wortley. Condolences to the family.The last time I saw him was when he officiated at the funeral of my late husband D.K.Gordon . May he rest in.peace!
Reinhold Pauls posted a condolence
Sunday, September 1, 2019Dear Jan, I was shocked when I learned of John's death. I was honoured to ring the bells for your wedding at St Luke's. I am also honoured to be tolling th bell before John's memorial service and I will be ringing bell changes at the end of the Memorial Service on Tuesday. I was always thrilled to see you and John's smiling faces every time I would see you both. John would greet me with outstretched arms and a hug and the words " AH the Prodigal Son returns " and then a bear hug. I will miss his hugs. Jan, you are in my thoughts and prayers. Any time you need a hug, you let me know. there will always be a hug ready for you. With love and prayers and deep affection for John and you , Jan. Your friend, Reinhold Pauls ( the bell ringer )
E. Rozanne Elder posted a condolence
Saturday, August 31, 2019John's contribution to our understanding of the early monastic movement has been incalculable. We at Cistercian Publications were delighted when he offered to translate The Spiritual Meadow of John Moschus, and read with admiration his articles, and with envy the translations and studies he published with other publishers He will be greatly missed. May he rest in peace and rise with Christ in glory and in joy! E. Rozanne Elder
Hilda Muir posted a condolence
Tuesday, August 27, 2019Bill and I were saddened to notice the passing of John in the Free Press. We reminisced of our many thought provoking enjoyable visits with John and working with him for many “The Musical Offering” seasons. He was a kind loving friend. Our sincere sympathies to the family in your loss. Sincerely Bill and Hilda Muir.
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Tuesday, August 27, 2019
Lloyd Penner posted a condolence
Monday, August 26, 2019Emma and I are deeply saddened by the passing of John Wortley. Both of us took courses with him in the late 1960's and early 1970s. His lectures were excellent and we learned a lot. We became friends and John also inspired us spiritually. We extend our deepest sympathy to the family. May God be with you.
Steven Thiessen posted a condolence
Monday, August 26, 2019My sincere condolences on the passing of Fr. John. My connection with him was primarily through his time as honorary assistant at St. Michael and All Angels, but we always had good conversations whenever we would meet, whether at a concert, service, or other event. His intelligence, wit, and humour were of the highest order. Rest eternal grant unto him, O Lord, and let light perpetual shine upon him. May he rest in peace.
Jeanie Dubberley posted a condolence
Monday, August 26, 2019Father John made a deep impression on me - he was a beautiful soul. His responses to my intercessions touched and inspired me. My sincere sympathy to his family, and to my fellow parishioners at St. Luke's. He will be long remembered.
John Butler and Sylvia Kun posted a condolence
Sunday, August 25, 2019I knew John as a university colleague and friend for thirty years. I always enjoyed his dry sense of humour and respected his vast knowledge of medieval history and of music. He was there when I graduated with my Ph.D. and presented me with a book inscribed elegantly in classical Greek-- only John Wortley could have done that! Over the years we temporarily lost touch, but I spoke to him when I heard that he was getting married again; Sylvia and I were glad that he had found someone with whom to share the years. John was a kindly man and a delightful dinner companion, and we will miss him very much. Please accept our condolences and best wishes.
Stella Mary Hryniuk posted a condolence
Saturday, August 24, 2019Dear Joel, Adrian and Annmarie, Your dad was a true gem of a person, and an important influence on my academic and personal life. Please accept my heartfelt sympathy at your profound loss.
Bill Brant posted a condolence
Saturday, August 24, 2019While this is a time of great sorrow, we remember the love, friendship, grace and wisdom that John brought into our lives. We will remember him and hold him in our hearts as he returns to our Father in heaven. My family and I send our deepest condolences to Jan, Joel Adrian and their families, and to all who knew and loved John.
barrie fraser posted a condolence
Saturday, August 24, 2019our deepest sympathy for all whom cherished and held Father John in their hearts and minds...truly his legacy resounds as we recall Father John at St.Michael and All Angels...he asked, in prayer "pray for those..in prisons not of their own making...".