Richard Schneider

In Grateful Memory of Professor Richard Schneider (1938-2022)

Richard Schneider
Richard Schneider (1938-2022)

With grief and thanksgiving for a life filled with love and dedication, we share with you that Richard Schneider, Past President of The Canadian Council of Churches (2003-2006), fell asleep in the Lord on November 11, 2022. We have lost not only a dear friend, but also a tireless, persistent advocate for Christian unity, Christ’s truth, and the church.

Through Richard’s life, we experienced the joy and mystery of the gospel, profound personal affection, and deep passion for the community of faith. May his memory be eternal, and may his wife Elisabeth (Lisa), family, and all who knew and loved him find consolation—as he did—in the life-giving hope of Christ’s resurrection.

All services for Richard will be held at St. Elias the Prophet Ukrainian Catholic Church and cemetery (10193 Heritage Road / Brampton, ON L7A 0A1). All who wish to say goodbye and pay their respects are welcome.

EDITED (11/15/2022): Please note that several members of Richard’s family are severely immuno-suppressed. COVID-19 social distancing and masking rules will be followed. If you have been exposed to COVID-19 or seasonal viruses in the past 7 days, or if you have symptoms of COVID-19 or seasonal viruses, we ask you to refrain from attending.

Memorial Service (Panikhida)

Thursday 17 November, 7pm
Visitation following the memorial service with reading of the Psalter until 9pm

Funeral and Burial

Friday 18 November, 11am
EDITED (11/15/2022): Due to the current COVID-19 masking advisory in Ontario and the immuno-suppressed status of people in Richard’s social circle, the family has decided to cancel the reception that was originally scheduled for after the funeral.

 

Richard with CFW Coordinator Maria Simakova. Richard was a trusted source of encouragement for Council staff as well as a tremendous advocate for students in theological fields, taking special care to recognize and support the contributions of women in academic and ecumenical contexts.
Richard with CFW Coordinator Maria Simakova. Richard was a trusted source of encouragement for Council staff as well as a tremendous advocate for students in theological fields, taking special care to recognize and support the contributions of women in academic and ecumenical contexts.
Richard embracing Janet Somerville, General Secretary of the Council from 1997 - 2002 during festivities for the 75th Anniversary of the Council on September 26, 2019. Many of us will remember Richard's warm affection for so many he encountered.
Richard embracing Janet Somerville, General Secretary of the Council from 1997 to 2002 during festivities for the 75th Anniversary of the Council on September 26, 2019. Many of us will remember Richard’s warm affection for so many he encountered.
Richard with fellow members of the Commission on Faith and Witness at their October 2019 meeting. Richard devoted much of his time and energy to this group and believed wholeheartedly in the possibility of loving dialogue and forum on even difficult theological issues.
Richard with fellow members of the Commission on Faith and Witness at their October 2019 meeting. Richard devoted much of his time and energy to this group and believed wholeheartedly in the possibility of loving dialogue and forum on even difficult theological issues.

 

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