Francis Sparshott

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Giffen-Mack Funeral Home & Cremation Cen
2570 Danforth Ave
Toronto, ON

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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