Edward Samuel (Ted) Rogers, who died Dec. 2 at the age of 75, has been hailed as a media mogul, an industrial titan, a visionary and one of the greatest Canadians of all time.
A lesser known fact is that he was also a spiritual man who attended Grace Church on-the-Hill, the Anglican church north of downtown Toronto where he was a parishioner since childhood. Family, friends and dignitaries said their final farewell to Mr. Rogers Dec. 9 at a service attended by more than a thousand people at the St. James’ Cathedral.
Milton Barry, the incumbent of Grace Church on-the-Hill and a canon of St. James’ Cathedral, officiated and preached at the service.
Mr. Rogers “was a very extraordinary mix of business skills, entrepreneur-adventure-like skills, and at the same time, very sentimental, very spiritual,” said Canon Barry in an interview. Although he was never involved in church governance, Mr. Rogers was a strong contributor to many charities.