The Reverend Canon Michael R. Hankinson
Hankinson, The Reverend Canon Michael Roderic
Sadly at the age of 100, Michael passed away on Thursday, September 3, 2020 in London, Ontario at the Veterans Care Program, Parkwood Hospital. Born June 9, 1920, in Northwich, Cheshire, England, Beloved husband of Muriel (nee Staden) and loving father of Chris (Gail) of Dorchester. Predeceased by his parents Roderic and Olive (nee Wright). Remembered by cousin Fenn (Norma) Hankinson and family of Sault Ste. Marie, relatives in England, colleagues from the Anglican Communion and dear friends from the many parishes in which he served.
At age 6 Michael came to Canada and spent his formative years on the family farm in Penzance, SK. Michael felt called to the ministry and left home to attend St. John's College in Winnipeg, MB. Studies were interrupted by the war during which Michael served in various capacities. Post war he resumed his studies, graduated and ministered in both MB and SK. In Saskatchewan, Michael met the love of his life (65 years), Muriel. They married in 1955 in Regina and welcomed Christopher in 1961. During their partnership they ministered together in Rock Glen, Cabri, Garden River, Echo Bay, Goulais River, Blind River, Massey, Garson, Sudbury and Lively. Michael was also Chaplain of the Royal Canadian Legion Branch 336 Falconbridge-Garson for 23 years. Michael and Muriel spent their holidays camping across Canada and in retirement travelled to England and Scotland. In 2017 they moved south to be closer to family where Michael became a resident of the Veterans Care Program at Parkwood.
The family wishes to thank everyone on 4 Bruce/Elgin for their care and support over the years. Special thanks to The Reverend Darrell Shaule, The Reverend Lyn Fisher and Archbishop Anne Germond. In lieu of flowers, for those wishing to make a donation please consider The Hankinson Bursary through the Diocese of Algoma (dioceseofalgoma.com) or an Anglican church of your choice.
Capacity at visitation and funeral is limited and attendance is by reservation only; RSVP to Harris Funeral Home, 519-433-7253. Visitation on Friday from 2-4 pm at Harris Funeral Home. The funeral service will be held on Saturday, September 12 at 11 am at St. Paul's Cathedral, London.
To our northern friends - a memorial service will be held at a future date in Sudbury, Ontario.
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