J.H. Clyne Harradence, who provided legal counsel to the Anglican Church of Canada for 42 years and never sent a bill, died on March 17, in Prince Albert, Sask. He was 87.
A parishioner of St. Alban’s Cathedral, he served as chancellor of the diocese of Saskatchewan from December 1962 to January 2005, as prolocutor of General Synod from 1980 to 1983 and as vice-chancellor at General Synod from 1986 to 2005.
“The church on earth is much less colourful with the passing of Clyne Harradence,” Michael Hawkins, the bishop of the diocese of Saskatchewan, told the Anglican Journal. “He was both a fierce soldier and a humble servant in the church and the community.”
In 2007, Harradence was awarded the Anglican Award of Merit, the highest distinction given by the Anglican Church of Canada to lay people who have contributed to the life and work of the church. He was a significant philanthropic benefactor of northern mission and assisted with canonical work that led to the election in 1989 of Canada’s first aboriginal bishop, Charles Arthurson. His service to his province also earned Harradence the prestigious Order of Saskatchewan.