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Thomas Harpur
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Susan Harpur
"Always and forever, Tom...."
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"To my dear Dad, with much love."
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"To dear Grandpa Tom, with love"
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Mary Catharine Harpur
"To dear Dad, with much love, Mary Catharine"
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Robert and Marguerite Aziz
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Condolence From: Judith Smider
Condolence: I just found out about Tom's passing yesterday, March 20th. His passing was a great shock. Tom will be greatly missed.

A few years ago I emailed someone I admired greatly. I emailed Tom, and to my delight he answered me. Twice! His book "The Pagan Christ" saved me from my dark night of the soul. My heartfelt thanks.

My deepest sympathy to you Susan, and to the entire Harpur family. You are all in my thoughts and prayers.

Judith Smider,
Esterhazy, Saskatchewan

Tuesday March 21, 2017
Condolence From: Mary Dove
Condolence: To Tom's family,
My heart goes out to you all and know that our thoughts and prayers are with you on your present journey.
I first met Tom way back in 1960 at St Margarets- in-the-Pines.He so impressed me with his spirituality, honesty and sincerity. He has been a presence in my journey since then through his writing, a few communications and a conference. His consistent message for me has been it's ok to question,don't get bogged down in the details of dogma,theology or institution, but to search for the Source of Light, Power and Love in and around us moment by moment.I will be eternally grateful for his guiding light in my journey and I will miss his wisdom in our present day.
Mary Dove
Monday February 06, 2017
Condolence From: Cathie McBride
Dear Susan,
You won't remember me, but we have met a couple of times over the years, and have a mutual friend in John Oldham.
Tom's books and his newspaper columns meant a great deal to me, and I would sometimes write or email him to tell him how much I appreciated a particular one.
Fourteen years ago I had written and told him that our daughter-in-law was dying from lymphoma, and would leave behind two young daughters for our son to raise alone. Tom replied with words of comfort and support. When Lisa did die, a good friend, unbeknownst to me, emailed Tom to tell him of our tragedy. Soon after, a beautiful card of sympathy arrived from Tom and you. I still have the card.
I just want to tell you how much Tom will be missed, and how greatly his writings added to my spiritual growth and understanding of life.
With sympathy,
Cathie McBride
Wednesday February 01, 2017
Condolence From: John Whelan
Condolence: I was very saddened to learn of Mr. Harpur's death. In one reading of his book The Pagan Christ I was liberated from the nonsense of religious literalism; I remain very grateful to him for this gift. I've read the book three times, and also its sequel Water into Wine.
My condolences to all to whom he was dear especially his wife Susan.
I regret never having had the opportunity to meet the man I consider so brilliant.
S. John Whelan (Director of Music, St. Jude's Anglican Church, Toronto)
Thursday January 26, 2017
Condolence From: Jacob Mendlovic
Condolence: I was saddened to hear of the passing of Tom. Two decades ago, I wrote to Tom of Israel Shahak, a human rights activist, of whom he wrote two columns in the Toronto Star. I also met Tom in the cafeteria of the Star building on Yonge St. A true gentleman. May his memory be a blessing.
Jacob Mendlovic (Toronto)
Sunday January 22, 2017
Condolence From: Bonnie Booth
Condolence: Dear Susan,
May sincere condolences on your loss of Tom. I am truly sorry.

In my sympathy, I thank God for the joy you brought into Tom's life. In his e-mails to me the simple mention of your name spoke volumes. Whenever I invited him to a concert with the Ontario Philharmonic, I always received a gracious reply, "We would love to come but Susan and I rarely make the trip to Toronto these days."

While I never had the privilege of meeting Tom, not being able to drive myself, I did read most of his books and correspond with him periodically, first by hand written notes and then e-mails.

Tom greatly influenced my life, first through "The Pagan Christ", then "Finding the Still Point" and equally, "The Uncommon Touch", a book I gave as gifts to many friends.

Over the years I shared my insights with Tom. When I revealed my struggle with meditation, his simply words of advice continue to encourage me today, "keep at it".

Today, I thank God for the gift of Tom's life and how he touched my life in a profound way, helping me to explore and strengthen my faith in the Almighty. I also give thanks for you and the JOY you brought into his life, supporting him and helping him to reach others with his wisdom and powerful insights.

I would imagine his funeral is passed. However, I will light a candle and give thanks for Tom, his life well lived, and another for you, the light of his life, helping him to bring light into our darkness.

May God continue to strengthen you in the days ahead then bring you to peace in the knowledge and memories of your together ministry.

With my heartfelt gratitude and sympathy,
Monday January 16, 2017
Condolence From: Gloria Johnston
Condolence: On behalf of the Harpur girls, our heartfelt condolences at this sad time. - Mary, Gloria and Nancy.
Friday January 13, 2017
Condolence From: Elizabeth Park
Condolence: Wayne and I were shocked and saddened to read of Tom's death in the Toronto Star. I met Tom only twice but, having read all his books and many of his columns, I knew I was in the presence of a man with great integrity and one who "walked in the spirit". Tom's courage was astounding. He gave me the courage to ask the hard questions and to grow in my faith.
Sue, I am so very sorry for your loss and for the world's loss, too, but I believe Tom's legacy will live on.
Wednesday January 11, 2017
Condolence From: Michèle Swiderski
Condolence: Tom Harpur will not be reading my book.
Tom Harpur is one Canadian whom I profoundly admire. This brilliant, deeply spiritual and generous man died on January 2 at 87 years. (I choose to use the present tense because I will continue to admire him and his thinking always.

This past Christmas I was gifted two of his books that were new to me, one of which explores other-worldly healing (The Uncommon Touch, 1994), something I have personally experienced on more than one occasion. No topic scared him from going public. It seems that he felt accountable to his maker and noone else.

Harpur devoted his life to exploring such sensitive questions as, is there life after death, is Jesus for real, what is God and does “He” still matter in our modern world? He did this as an ordained Anglican priest.

Given his broad background that began with growing up in a family with fundamentalist beliefs, through religious studies that prepared him for leading an Anglican congregation while teaching the New Testament at the University of Toronto’s School of Theology, then becoming a journalist for the Toronto Star on the Religion and Spirituality beat for over a decade – he managed his career with an open, beginner mind and an insatiable appetite for learning until the end of his life. He never stopped exploring.

I so admire his sense of curiosity in discovering his truth, challenging deep-seated beliefs, knowing that his faith continued to evolve based on where his searching led. What a man. And what a generous soul!

Thank you, Tom Harpur, for endorsing my book. I will never forget that you believed in me, and I know that I can count on your ongoing support.

with love, Michèle
Tuesday January 10, 2017
Condolence From: Ken and Carol Ormsby
Condolence: Our deepest sympathy Sue. He was a wonderful man.
Tuesday January 10, 2017
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