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"McDU" 2003 Obituary


McDUFFEE o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2003-05-06 published
SPRAGGE, Godfrey L.
Died suddenly, at Kingston General Hospital, on Sunday, May 4, 2003, in the presence of his sons John and Michael. He leaves behind a loving family, a circle of Friends who shared his passionate concern for peace and social justice, and who will miss him very much. He was married to Shirley (née COX) for forty-one years. They were a couple and best Friends for fifty years before her death in 1995.
Born in Toronto on January 4, 1929, he studied at Trinity College, Toronto, and worked as a land surveyor and Urban Planner before obtaining his Masters of Planning from Cornell University. He then went on to help found the School of Urban and Regional Planning at Queen's University, Kingston, where he taught for twenty-five years. Following his retirement from Queen's, he trained with Project Accompaniment to serve as an electron observer and witness for peace in Guatemala.
His passion for social justice led him to the Early Years Coalition and Better Beginnings, Kingston Electors On Line, and the Kingston Faith and Justice Coalition. He derived great strength from his involvement with men's support groups, and great pleasure from piano lessons and singing with the Kingston Choral Society and Open Voices Choir. His spiritual journey began with the Anglican Church and led to the Religious Society of Friends (Quakers).
Since the death of his wife, he found great joy with his many Friends. He is survived by his sisters Elizabeth (J.D. WATSON and their three children) of Belfast, and Monica of Toronto sons John (Allison MacDUFFEE) and Michael (Lynne FORAN) of Toronto. He particularly delighted in his grandchildren Kathleen and Liam.
His family will receive Friends at the Robert J. Reid and Sons Funeral Home, 309 Johnson Street, Kingston, on Thursday, May 8 from 6 to 9 p.m. His life will be celebrated at a meeting for worship in the Quaker tradition on Saturday, May 10 at 1: 30 p.m. at the University Club, 130 Stuart Street, Kingston, Ontario. There will also be a Memorial Service at Trinity College Chapel on Monday, May 12 at 2 p.m. with a reception to follow in the Combination Private Dining Room. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the United Way serving Kingston, Frontenac, Lennox and Addington for the Success by Six Program, 417 Bagot Street, Kingston, Ontario K7K 3C1 or the Kingston Symphony Association, P.O. 1616, 11 Princess Street, Suite 206, Kingston, Ontario K7L 5C8.
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