Bishop Duncan Douglas Wallace, 10th bishop of the diocese of Qu’Appelle, died in Regina from cancer on June 22 following a short illness.
“Duncan was a humble man,” recalled Canon Michael Jackson, who served alongside Wallace as a deacon since 1978. “He did not have a big ego, and he did not need to be the centre of attention.”
Jackson added that the late bishop had also had “a great love for liturgy and a great liturgical sense” in addition to being an accomplished pianist and spoke glowingly of “the liturgical tradition that he helped build up at St. Paul’s Cathedral, which we’re still benefiting from.”
Jackson also noted that Wallace had a heart for First Nations ministry and sought to involve Indigenous people in leadership within the diocese.
Born March 1, 1938, in Kitchener, Ont., Wallace was ordained a priest in the diocese of Rupert’s Land in 1965 after obtaining an MDiv from St. John’s College at the University of Manitoba in Winnipeg. After serving in several parishes in the diocese of Rupert’s Land and later in the diocese of Niagara, he became dean of Qu’Appelle and rector of St. Paul’s Cathedral in Regina in 1978, positions he held until 1997 when he was elected diocesan bishop of Qu’Appelle. He resigned from the episcopate in 2005.
Wallace is survived by his wife, Mary; his children, Andrew and Lisa; and his three grandchildren, Drew, Maeva and Noah.
A service of thanksgiving for his life was held Saturday, June 27, at St. Paul’s Anglican Cathedral in Regina.