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Findley, Timothy (1930-2002)  
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Findley's passing occasioned mourning across Canada. Of his literary legacy, publisher Iris Tupholme said, "His superb storytelling, unforgettable characters, deep empathy for the dispossessed, and his ultimate joy in life meant that his works reached many readers, both young and old, here and around the world."

Findley was remembered not just as a fine writer but also as a fine man: his kindness and generosity were mentioned repeatedly in tributes to him.

Cited was his willingness to give time to causes important to him. He and Whitehead were two of the first to volunteer at Casey House, an AIDS hospice in Toronto. Findley was also deeply concerned about the environment and animals.

Encouraging writers, especially those just starting out, was a task that Findley joyfully undertook. He made a point of answering all the letters that he received from them. In addition to offering advice, he sometimes lent financial assistance and help in finding a publisher. His nurturing even extended to traveling to book launches by his protégés. In recognition of his contributions in this area the J. W. McConnell Family Foundation established the Timothy Findley Award for New Canadian Plays. The inaugural prize was given in April 2004.

Findley received numerous accolades during his lifetime, including many Canadian literary awards, the Order of Canada (1986), and the Order of Ontario (1991). He was also named Chevalier de l'ordre des arts et des lettres in France (1997). One tribute that would surely have pleased him was the action taken by his beloved Stratford: when news of his death reached the town, flags were lowered to half-staff in his honor.

Linda Rapp

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Crew, Robert. "A Candle Burns . . . ; Heartfelt Remembrance for Timothy Findley, Writer and Friend." Toronto Star (June 22, 2002): A4.

Gatenby, Greg. "Obituary: Timothy Findley: Bestselling Canadian Writer Who Articulated the Sensitivities of the Outsider in Society." The Guardian (London) (June 25, 2002): 18.

Jefferess, David. "A Pacific (Re)reading of Timoth Findley's 'Not Wanted on This Voyage.'" Essays on Canadian Writing 72 (Winter 2000): 138-57.

Marchand, Philip. "Findley Rejoined Life's Meanness with Tenderness." Toronto Star (June 22, 2002): A4.

Reichard, William. "Who Am I . . . This Time?" Lambda Book Report 8.7 (February 2000): 6-9.

Scott, Alec. "You Went Away . . . ." Toronto Life 36.14 (September 2002): 67-71.

Slopen, Beverly. "Timothy Findley: The Canadian Writer's New Novel Is a Surrealist Evocation of Conrad's 'Heart of Darkness.'" Publishers Weekly 241.15 (April 11, 1994): 41-42.

Yanofsky, Joel. "Timothy Findley's Whodunit Is Medium for His Message." The Gazette (Montreal) (October 25, 1986): B8.


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    Author: Rapp, Linda  
    Entry Title: Findley, Timothy  
    General Editor: Claude J. Summers  
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