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Michael Keith HICKS
1928 - 2021
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MICHAEL KEITH HICKS February 26, 1928 - July 16, 2021 Michael Keith Hicks was a civil servant, clergyman, professor, music lover, outdoor enthusiast, homegrown-tomato aficionado, collector of Canadian art, engaged citizen, traveler, and storyteller. The youngest of five children, Michael was born in Toronto to Marjorie Ogilvy (Edgar) Hicks and Rivers Keith Hicks. As a boy, he attended University of Toronto Schools and went on to study at Trinity College (U of T), where he earned a B.A. ('49) and M.A. ('50). He started his career at the Treasury Board in Ottawa before deciding to seek ordination as an Anglican minister. After earning his M. Div. in 1960 at General Episcopal Seminary in New York City, Michael moved back to Toronto. It was there at a Student Christian Movement meeting that he noticed a clever British beauty named Barbara Findlay. They were married in 1962 and moved to Winnipeg, where their three daughters were born. He was a chaplain at the University of Manitoba and taught political science. In 1973, the family moved to Ottawa where Michael rejoined the Public Service of Canada, served in several Anglican churches, and taught public administration at Carleton University. Through these multiple vocations, Michael demonstrated his deep commitment to public service. Alongside a boundless zest for life and an inquisitive, open mind, Michael also possessed a steady, quiet faith in God. He deeply loved classical music and was an enthusiastic choral singer. He relished telling generations-old family tales and recounting events from his youth, such as having tea with Albert Einstein and hitchhiking around post-war Europe. Even as his mind slipped away in recent years, his wonderful sense of humour continued to shine. He is remembered with great love by his wife, Barbara; daughters, Jennifer, Margaret, and Sarah; grandchildren, Mark, Carolyn, and Meredith Nicol, Santiago and Juan Ainslie, and Oscar and Ben Leckman; sons-in-law, Bruce Ainslie and Michael Leckman; multiple generations of nieces, nephews, and cousins; and friends of all ages. He was predeceased by brothers, John Edgar Hicks, Anthony Rivers Hicks, Douglas Barcham Hicks, and sister, Maud Jocelyn (Hicks) McLean. Michael's was a life well lived and his extended family will carry on the torch of taking time to share a good story and a beer. A small funeral service will be held in Ottawa at 2 p.m. on July 25, 2021, and will be live-streamed. To access a link to the service or to share a message with the Hicks family, visit In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation in Michael's memory to the Glebe Centre long-term care home (, St. John the Evangelist Church ( or a charity of your choice.

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Published in The Globe and Mail from Jul. 21 to Jul. 25, 2021.
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