POWLES, Cyril H.
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1918 - 2013
Reverend Dr. Cyril Hamilton Powles, 94, of Vancouver, B.C., passed away on July 26, 2013 at Mount St. Joseph Hospital in Vancouver.
Born in Karuizawa, Japan, he lived a remarkable, cross-cultural life which stretched from the rural and isolated Takada City in Niigata Prefecture, Japan, where he was raised, to Montreal, Tokyo, Toronto and finally Vancouver.
Cyril did his undergraduate studies at McGill University, followed by post-graduate studies at Harvard University and the University of British Columbia.
He leaves behind a lifetime of experience as an Anglican priest, university professor and interpreter of cultures. Cyril taught both theology and modern Japanese history at Rikkyo University in Tokyo and Trinity College, the University of Toronto, where he retired as professor emeritus in 1984.
Cyril is survived by his wife of 67 years Marjorie, son Peter as well as daughter-in-law Michelle; brothers Bill and Percival, as well as sisters Joy, Isabel and Kathy. There are also many nephews, nieces, grandchildren and great grandchildren, who experienced his generosity and wisdom. He was predeceased by his older son John and daughter-in-law Momoko.
Cyril clearly enjoyed a deep and fulfilling life, involving friends, family and colleagues, which took him to many parts of the world for both work and pleasure. Consistently he brought others, particularly the outsider and the powerless, into his work of bringing about a just world.
A special thank you to the staff at Mount Saint Joseph's Hospital for the special care they gave Cyril in his final days and to staff and friends at Cavell Gardens.
A memorial service has been scheduled at St. Mark's Anglican Church in Kitsilano, 1805 Larch St, for August 9 at 1.30pm.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to causes of your choice.
Published in Vancouver Sun and/or The Province on Aug. 3, 2013