June 2020

Paul Hodgkins 1947-2020

Paul Hodgkins, a much-beloved and long-time teacher at the Rudolf Steiner Centre Toronto, crossed the threshold peacefully on Monday June 22nd at 2 pm in the afternoon.

A vigil is now being held at the Christian Community church at 901 Rutherford Road in Thornhill. There is a sign-up sheet at the church. All are welcome.

This will be followed by a funeral, also at the Christian Community, which will be limited to the immediate family, on Thursday June 25th, at 2 pm. We will share the eulogy from the funeral when it becomes available.

In the meantime, there is an extensive interview with Paul from last December, which you can read here on the RSCT blog.

Photo is from a local 2017 production of Rudolf Steiner's mystery drama "The Portal of Initiation" in which Paul played the role of Benedictus.

What People Are Saying About Paul

We sent out the message above to our email news subscribers on Tuesday. The Toronto Waldorf School shared it on their alumni Facebook page and others shared it as well. We also shared it on the RSCT Facebook page. Here are a few of the comments posted over the last couple of days on Facebook by some of the people who knew Paul:

Sara Anderson (TWS) Our heartfelt condolences and deepest sympathies go out to the Hodgkins family today. Paul Hodgkins, long-time teacher at the RSC and TWS alum parent, will be greatly missed.

Ioan Ovidiu Sandu He was an amazing scholar and teacher; I fondly remember his warm demeanor, his patience and the wonderful lectures he taught. They are still vividly etched in my memory! Dear Paul, thank you for all that you brought and embodied in the world! May love, light and peace be with you as you travel on in Spirit !!!

Manuela Maria Comsa So sad to hear. He was an amazing teacher. I took foundation studies in 2012 he was one of the teachers. Amazing person. Very knowledgable and definatley a lasting impression. He will be missed!

Yiana Belkalopoulos Blessings on his passing. Thank-you Paul for all that you carried for us during Waldorf teacher training. You modelled the work with humility and grace and we are all better for it. 

Hema Helal It was such a privilege to attend his class in 2017-18. I took my then 5 y/o to class one day and she still remembers how kind he was to her that it made a lasting impression in her mind. He will be remembered by many.

Charles R. Beresford Farewell Paul !! A Gentle and Wise Soul. Living Example of Antroposophic Values. Lasting and Much Needed Legacy in the Lives, Young and Older, that He Touched. Thank you Very Much.

Susan Elizabeth Very sad to have to say goodbye to a wonderful person. Blessed to have known him. Enjoyed many good conversations with Paul. Will always remember him fondly. My sympathy and prayers are with S, B and C and rest of family.

John Penner He was a great teacher. very knowledgeable, patient, and devoted to service.

Virginia Zhang Sending my condolences to the Hodgkins family from Beijing, China. He was a great man!

Shirley Ann Wood It is a privilege to have been friends with someone who touched the hearts and souls of so many, so profoundly, with kindness, good humour, intelligence, creativity and grace. Paul... we will miss you.

How We Have Been Touched

for Paul Hodgkins


Prayer of benediction:

As the sun prepares to snuggle

Under the blanket of the night,

Let us consider how we

Have been touched by

Other people, people who

Demand only our

Goodness, only our

Kindness, who come

In the small dark moments when

Nothing seems to breathe—may the

Stars sing bright their names.

Merwin Lewis


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