Francis Sparshott
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SPARSHOTT, Francis —

"Scholar, poet, guide, philosopher and friend", as he sometimes signed himself. Died peacefully August 24, 2015, at True Davidson Acres. Born Chatham Kent, UK, 1926, came to Toronto 1950 to teach philosophy at the University of Toronto, which he did until retirement in 1991. Predeceased by wife Kitty (nee Vaughan), mourned by daughter Pumpkin (nee Margaret). Author of many deservedly well-respected books of philosophy and of poetry. Also an accomplished photographer. He was a very funny man and made decent beer. Awarded two honorary degrees: a Doctor of Sacred Letters from Victoria University (Toronto) and a Doctor of Laws, University of Toronto. There will be a memorial service Thursday, October 22nd at 4 p.m., in the Chapel of Victoria College, at 91 Charles St. (the old Victoria College Building).

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Published in Toronto Star from Oct. 9 to Oct. 10, 2015.
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October 21, 2015
I studied Plato's Republic and Aristotle's Nicomachean Ethics with your father in the mid-1960s. They were wonderful classes, wise and witty, and have enriched my life. Feel much gratitude.
Julian Field
October 19, 2015
I worked with Francis from 1967 until his retirement in 1991. He was a brilliant and complex man, at time very funny but usually deeply pensive but always insightful and articulate. Francis's work in aesthetics gained international fame, his views of the university cutting but accurate, and his poetry gems. I will miss him and his mentorship. Bill Harvey, Professor emeritus, Department of Philosophy, University of Toronto.
October 17, 2015
Pumpkin, Ten years ago your father was very kind to us while purchasing the Tobermory properties. We remember him fondly and are saddened by his passing. Should you wish to inter him beside your mother Kitty, please do so with our blessings.
John & Sandra Vince
October 16, 2015
Francis was one of Canada's finest writers, and an important presence in the League of Canadian Poets. He will be missed, but he will be remembered -- not only through the people who knew him directly, but through the poems and books. Deepest condolences, Pumpkin.
Alice Major
October 12, 2015
I know that his final years were very hard, but from everything you've told me, he lived a life that was rich and full. I wish you courage, comfort and peace. He'll always be part of you.
Andrew Harris
October 10, 2015
Thank you for that Pumpkin. Your father sounds like someone I would have liked to get to know; sorry that we didn't meet. Hope you're coping OK.
Hugs, Grainne
Grainne Clarke
October 10, 2015
Love yoou Nancy
October 9, 2015
Dear Pumpkin, he sounds like a lovely, special man, and you sure were there for him in his final years. I hope you're not feeling too alone right now -- remember, we your friends are here for you.
Marie-Lynn Hammond
October 9, 2015
Dear Pumpkin, It was lovely to read about your father. Deep sympathy for your loss.
October 9, 2015
Dear Pumpkin,
Thank you for sharing this beautiful piece about your dad. I didn't know him, but I think I would have liked to. My deepest condolences to you.
Marianne Girard
October 9, 2015
Sounds like a great guy Pym. Made great beer.....I should have met him because as you know...I like great beer. Let's connect soon - for a beer in your dad's honour.
Gail Coulthard
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