REGINA — Retired Bishop of Qu’Appelle Duncan Wallace died June 22 after a brief bout with cancer. He was 77.
Wallace was born in Ontario and raised in Winnipeg where he obtained a BA from the University of Winnipeg and an MDiv from St. John’s College. He was ordained in 1965. His first posting was to Fairholm First Nations Mission, where he served until 1969. He then served five years at St. Anne’s Church, Winnipeg, followed by four years at Grace Church, Milton, Ont. before moving to Regina in 1978 as rector of St. Paul’s Cathedral and Dean of Qu’Appelle. He was elected 10th Bishop of Qu’Appelle in 1997 and served until his retirement in 2005.
The service of thanksgiving held June 27 in St. Paul’s Cathedral filled the church with clerics, friends, parishioners and family. Chairs were set up in the gathering area and community centre to accommodate the overflow crowd.
Newly elected Metropolitan of Rupert’s Land Archbishop Gregory Kerr-Wilson gave the final blessing. Winnipeg Roman Catholic Archbishop Emeritus James Weisgerber was present in the sanctuary and Rev. John Meehan, SJ, represented the Regina archdiocese in place of Archbishop Daniel Bohan, who’s illness prevented him from attending. At the request of Wallace’s family, pianists David McIntyre and Janice Elliott-Denike performed upbeat jazz prior to the service.
Longtime friend David Crawley delivered the homily, recounting the days he, Wallace and Michael Peers were young priests in Winnipeg. Peers eventually became the Primate of Canada and Crawley retired as Archbishop and Metropolitan of the Anglican province of British Columbia-Yukon.
Qu’Appelle Bishop Robert Hardwicke was the presider, with officiants retired Anglican Primate of Canada Michael Peers, Kerr-Wilson, Qu’Appelle Dean Michael Sinclair and retired Qu’Appelle Dean James Merrett.
First Nations Elder Arthur Anderson performed a sweetgrass ceremony prior to the final commendation performed by Peers.