Rev. Canon Dr. Colin Clay
Multifaith Saskatchewan is sad to announce the death of one of our founders, the Rev. Canon Dr. Colin Clay on July 6 in Saskatoon. We give thanks for the life and ministry of our friend and colleague. His contributions to interfaith relations in Saskatchewan are unmatched.
A veteran of the Korean war, Colin was ordained priest in 1958 at Southwark Cathedral (London) in the Church of England. He emigrated to Canada in 1959 where he served first in Sudbury and since 1977 in Saskatoon. He later discovered that he was ordained the same day as his great friend, Fr. Bernard de Margerie. Together they were responsible for numerous ecumenical and interfaith projects across Saskatchewan. Colin retired in 2000 from his post as ecumenical chaplain at the University of Saskatchewan, allowing him to become further engaged in his passion for interfaith relations. His long-time leadership in Multifaith Saskatoon led to the proposal to gather other Saskatchewan interfaith groups together into Multifaith Saskatchewan. Colin served as president of MFS and in other capacities for many years.
In addition to his interfaith work, Colin remained an active priest in the Anglican Diocese of Saskatoon. He served as president of the former Saskatoon Council of Churches, led numerous social justice projects, and served as chaplain to the Korean War Veterans. His experience in Korea gave him a lifelong commitment to peace.
An obituary has been published by the Saskatoon Funeral Home. The funeral will be on Monday, July 25, 2022, at 11:00 a.m. at St. John’s Anglican Cathedral, 816 Spadina Crescent E, Saskatoon. The funeral will also be livestreamed for those not able to attend in person. The link will be placed in the obituary on the day of the service.