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Friar David Suckling, OFM Conv.

Friar David Geoffrey Suckling, OFM Conv.

Tuesday, May 3rd, 1932 - Sunday, March 31st, 2019
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Friar David G. Suckling, OFM Conv.

Friar David G. Suckling, OFM Conv. was born on Toronto, Ontario, on May 3, 1932 and passed away on Sunday, March 31, 2019. He was the son of the late Geoffrey and Margaret (née Kirk) Suckling. In addition to his Franciscan family, he leaves his brother Stuart Suckling (Mary Gail) & their children, Brad (Meredith), Heather (Shaun), & Derek, Ron (Sandy) & their children Shawn (Jodi), Keven & Brian. Beloved father to Chris Suckling (Hermie), Sarah Cornfield (Alan), Donald MacDonald (Zoe), Molly Srebot (Mike), Michelle Newman (Bruce) & predeceased by his daughter Vivienne Brown. Loving Grandfather of Stephanie (David), Nadia (Sam), Danielle (Adam), David, Kyle (Steph), Miles, Piers, Rowan, Berit, Conor, Tamsin, Tallis, Jason (Sharon), Tammy, Jamie, Katie, Emily, Rebecca, Tiffany (George), & Miranda (Geoff). He will be greatly missed by his great grandchildren and great-great grandchildren.

Friar David served in the Army Reserve from 1960-1961. In 1994, Friar David decided to join the Franciscan community at age 58 after having lived a full life with his wife Margaret Mary Suckling who died in 1990. Together they raised a family on their family farm. Having lived as a Secular Franciscan the notion to further this call became an important factor in the second half of his life.

He made his Profession of Temporary Vows on August 13, 1995 and his Profession of Solemn Vows on September 20, 1998. During his years as a Franciscan, he resided in both the Friary of St. Anthony and later in the St, Bonaventure Friary in Toronto ministering from the parish of the Franciscan Church of St. Bonaventure and serving a pastoral presence at the Catholic School of St. Bonaventure. Friar David also served as a Member of the Board of the Messenger of St Anthony, the Tobias House: Caring in the Spirit of St. Francis Board, the Board of Retired Religious of the Archdiocese of Toronto at Houses of Providence, and the Board of the Friends of Saint Francis: St. Clare Inn.

Visitation will take place at the FRANCISCAN CHURCH OF ST. BONAVENTURE, 1300 Leslie Street, Toronto, On M3C 2K9, on April 4, 2019 from 1 to 7 PM. A Franciscan Wake Service will be held at 7 PM. On Friday, April 5, 2019 further visitation will take place from 10 AM to 10:45 AM and a Funeral Mass will be held at 11:00 AM at the FRANCISCAN CHURCH OF ST. BONAVENTURE, Interment will be in the Friars Plot at Holy Cross Catholic Cemetery, Toronto.

In lieu of flowers, donations in Friar David’s memory will be used for the education of our young friar and the care of our senior friars. Cheques may be made out to “Franciscan Friars” and dropped off in the Parish Ministry Centre, mailed to Franciscan Friars, 1300 Leslie Street, Toronto, Ontario M3C 2K9, or the Collection Basket.

Online condolences & directions may be found at www.heritagefuneralcentre.ca



DATE OF BIRTH: MAY 3, 1932
PROFESSION OF TEMPORARY VOWS: AUGUST 13, 1995
PROFESSION OF SOLEMN VOWS: SEPTEMBER 20, 1998
ENTERED INTO ETERNAL LIFE: MARCH 31, 2019
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Service Details

  • Visitation

    Thursday, April 4th, 2019 | 1:00pm - 7:00pm
    When
    Thursday, April 4th, 2019 1:00pm - 7:00pm
    Location
    The Franciscan Church of St. Bonaventure
    Address
    1300 Leslie Street
    TORONTO, ON
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    Vigil Service of Prayer at 7 p.m. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the "Franciscan Friars". Donations in Friar David's memory will be used for the education of our young friar and the care of our senior friars.
  • Second Visitation

    Friday, April 5th, 2019 | 10:00am - 10:45am
    When
    Friday, April 5th, 2019 10:00am - 10:45am
    Location
    The Franciscan Church of St. Bonaventure
    Address
    1300 Leslie Street
    TORONTO, ON
    Get Directions: View Map | Text | Email
    Vigil Service of Prayer at 7 p.m. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the "Franciscan Friars". Donations in Friar David's memory will be used for the education of our young friar and the care of our senior friars.
  • Service

    Friday, April 5th, 2019 | 11:00am
    When
    Friday, April 5th, 2019 11:00am
    Location
    The Franciscan Church of St. Bonaventure
    Address
    1300 Leslie Street
    TORONTO, ON
    Get Directions: View Map | Text | Email
  • Interment

    Location
    Holy Cross Catholic Cemetery
    Address
    8361 Yonge Street
    Thornhill, L3T 2C7
    Sec 2 - Friars Plot
  • Reception

    Location
    The Franciscan Church of St. Bonaventure
    Address
    1300 Leslie Street
    TORONTO, ON
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    A reception will take place immediately following the funeral Mass in the Parish Centre & prior to the interment.

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Sharrin and Family

Posted at 04:12pm
Let up pray... For all Holy people, Priests, Religious Women and Men, and all those who serve the people of GOD. That they always find CHARITY the word of GOD. That they always see HOPE in the people they serve That they never lose FAITH that others will follow in their footsteps, simply because of their example. And may ALL find PEACE and MERCY with GOD. In this World, and when they join HIM, in his Eternal Kingdom Amen. May the peace and grace of God be with the family of Friar David at this time, and always. Take care, Sharrin and Family
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Mary Ramsay

Posted at 09:32am
Please accept my most heartfelt condolences on the passing of Friar David. I am a retired teacher from St Bonaventure School and Friar David was a welcome presence in my class. The students faces lit up when he entered the room. Rest In Peace Friar David. 💐🍁🌺
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Hanne, Verner, Signe and Mathilde from Denmark

Posted at 02:04am
Dear David We are deeply grateful for having known you and for what you have meant for our family. You live on in our thoughts. We send our love to Chris and the familiy.
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Brad & Meredith

Posted at 09:50pm
When the root is deep, there is no reason to fear the wind. RIP Uncle Dave
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