Obituaries




Fr. Gerard Tannam, CSSp


May 22, 1929 - November 28, 2018


FATHER GERARD TANNAM (Gerry) of the Spiritan Province of TransCanada died peacefully the morning of November 28th, 2018. At the time Father Gerry was a resident of the Laval Community, Toronto where he had resided since 2004. His parents and siblings predecease him except for one brother, Desmond, who survives him in Dublin.

 

Father Gerry was born May 22, 1929 in Dublin, Ireland. He made his first profession as a Spiritan on September 8, 1948 and was ordained to the priesthood on July 4, 1957. During his 61 years as a priest he served in a variety of educational, pastoral and chaplaincy ministries in Tanzania, Nigeria, Italy, England and Canada.

 

First assigned to Tanzania, Father Gerry taught at St. Francis College from 1959 until 1962. In 1962 Father Gerry was assigned to teach at the Bigard Memorial Seminary in Nigeria from where he left during the Biafran Civil War. Father Gerry was assigned in 1970 to the Generalate Community in Rome where he served as the Secretary for Information. 

 

In 1971 Father Gerry moved onto a teaching post at the Missionary Institute in London, England. In 1974 he moved to Canada to become the founding chaplain of York University in Toronto. Father Gerry served there until 1983 when he transferred to the chaplaincy department at Queens University in Kingston, Ontario. The following year Father Gerry took up pastoral ministry, first at St. Joseph’s in Scarborough and later at St. Thomas the Apostle in Toronto. Father Gerry also served in Agincourt, and was involved in chaplaincy work at the Toronto Hospital from 1994-96. Following a short sabbatical Father Tannam semi-retired to the Laval Community in Toronto where he served as Bursar from 2004-2007, but always keeping up with various weekend ministries.

 

Father Gerry was known for his fondness of reading, his love of discussion and debate, his story telling and good humor. Father Gerry will be missed by his Spiritan confreres, family and friends.

 

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Visitation Wednesday December 5th, 2018, 7:00 – 9:00 PM (with Vigil prayer service at 7:30 PM).

O’Connor Funeral Home, 1939 Lawrence Ave E., Scarborough, ON, M1R 2Y8. 

 

Mass of the Resurrection - Thursday December 6th, 11:00 AM.

St. Joseph’s Church, 200 Morrish Road, Scarborough, ON, M1C 1E8.

The Mass will be followed by a light reception in the church hall. 

 

Burial will follow at Holy Cross Cemetery, Thornhill at 2:30 PM.


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Fr. Michael Gerard Scott, CSSp


April 10th, 1930 - February 21st, 2018

FATHER MICHAEL GERARD (Gerry) SCOTT of the Spiritan Province of TransCanada died peacefully the afternoon of February 21, 2018 in the Houses of Providence, Scarborough, Ontario, where he had been residing since 2015. Prior to that,  Father Gerry was a member of the Laval Community, Toronto where he had lived since 2002. He is predeceased by his parents (James and Mary), 2 sisters and 4 brothers. He is survived by numerous nieces and nephews in England and Ireland.

 

Father Gerry was born April 10, 1930 in Elphin, County Roscommon, Ireland. He made his first profession as a Spiritan on September 8, 1949, trained in Ireland and Trinidad and was ordained to the priesthood on July 13, 1958. During his 60 years as a priest he served in a variety of educational, pastoral and formationministries in Canada, the Unites States, Papua New Guinea and Australia.

 

First assigned to Canada in 1959 after his ordination, Father Gerry taught at Neil McNeil High School until 1968 following which he served in various pastoral ministries in Hamilton, Guelph and Toronto. As Novice Master to our North American International Novitiate from 1978 – 1983, Father Gerry touched the lives of many novices with his wisdom, experience and good humor. He then spent three years in the missions of Papua New Guinea and a year doing vocation and mission animation in Australia. Returning to Canada, Father Gerry continued pastoral work for many years again in Toronto, Woodstock, Guelph and Edmonton.

 

Father Gerry was also always ready to serve his Spiritan community in formation and in administration as a member of the Provincial Council of the Spiritan Province of TransCanada.

 

Father Gerry semi-retired at the age of 80, but he continued to enjoy part-time ministry at St. Stephen’s Chapel in downtown Toronto as well as assisting in weekend ministry in various Ontario parishes.

 

Father Gerry was widely known in the Toronto Irish community and was always ready to assist any members of that community in both times of joy and celebration and in grief and farewell. He loved his ministry at St. Stephen’s Chapel where he provided assistance long after it was expected of him. Father Gerry will be missed by his Spiritan confreres, family and friends.

 

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Visitation Sunday March 4th, 2018. 3:00 – 5:00 PM & 7:00 – 9:00 PM (with Vigil prayer service at 7:30 PM). O’Connor Funeral Home, 1939 Lawrence Ave E., Scarborough, ON, M1R 2Y8

 

Funeral Mass Monday March 5th , 2018, 11:00 AM

St. Joseph’s Church, 200 Morrish Road, Scarborough, ON, M1C 1E8

The Mass will be followed by a light reception in the church hall.

 

Burial will follow at Holy Cross Cemetery, Toronto at 2:30 PM.