Reverend Canon John Stanley “Stan” Whitehouse

    • Reverend Canon John Stanley “Stan” Whitehouse
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    We regret to advise of the death of the Reverend Canon John Stanley “Stan” Whitehouse, a WWII Sapper veteran, peacefully on 3 September 2022 at his home in Waupoos ON at age 94 years.

    As a boy and as a young man, Stan grew up singing in the Choir of the Church of The Transfiguration in Toronto. His association with that church continued for some years after he was married and he was  ordained a Deacon there. 

    In 1942, at the age of 16, Stan joined the Reserve Army with the 2nd  Battalion, 48th  Highlanders. He enlisted in the Active Army with the Royal Canadian Engineers at age 17 and became a Photogrammetrist. Based in Halifax NS, Stan subsequently volunteered for action in the Pacific Threatre. He was training for this action when the Second World War ended in August 1945 and he was demobilized.

    Returning to civilian life, Stan accepted a call to the Anglican Ministry and completed his education at the University of Toronto and Wycliffe College. Following his ordination, “Father”/“Padre” Stan, as he was commonly known, served as Priest and Rector of Anglican churches in Selkirk and Winnipeg MB. Later, in Ottawa, Toronto and Woodbridge ON.  Father Stan was Rector of that parish at the time of his retirement in 1990.

    After his retirement, Stan enjoyed continuing his ministry as an Associate Priest at St. Mary Magdalene in Picton ON as well as at Christ Church in Glen Miller. Stan was also the Padre for 60 years at various branches of the Royal Canadian Legion, ending at the Royal Canadian Legion Branch #78 in Picton, as well as being Padre for the Air Force Wing Association.

    In accordance with Stan’s wishes, there will be no public funeral service nor Celebration of Life ceremony. Stan has been cremated with a private interment to follow in a family plot within the cemetery of Christ Church Anglican, Woodbridge. 

    Stan supported many charitable organizations. If desired, a donation to the charity of your choice in his memory would be appreciated by the family. Online condolences may be sent to the funeral home.