Tim Findley was an actor, playwright and author.
He was a member of the inagural cast at Stratford, a Governor General Award winner, an ACTRA award, the Order of Ontario, the Ontario Trillium Award, and he was appointed an Officer of the Order of Canada. He was a founding member and chair of the Writers' Union of Canada, and a president of the Canadian chapter of PEN International. He was awarded the honour of "Chevalier de l'ordre des arts et des lettres" by the Government of France.
Findley's ashes come home to Durham
DURHAM -- When news came early Friday of author Timothy Findley's death at age 71, thoughts turned to north Durham where much of the literary giant's creations were born.
Stone Orchard, the Cannington farm where Mr. Findley lived for 30 years, was much more than just a house. Celebrated in his best selling 'From Stone Orchard: A Collection of Memories,' it was said by Mr. Findley himself to be his haven and a place that inspired many of his award-winning stories.
Known for his generosity and graciousness, it was at Stone Orchard he welcomed distinguished writer friends like Margaret Atwood along with fledgling writers in need of mentoring.
In 1999, about a year after he and his partner Bill Whitehead had reluctantly sold Stone Orchard, splitting their time between the south of France and Stratford, Ont., Whitby writer Ruth Walker contacted Mr. Findley.
"Four of us were trying to launch 'lichen,' Durham Region's first and only literary journal," recalls Ms. Walker, who along with her writing colleagues was determined to publish local poets, writers, and visual artists twice a year alongside others from across Canada and beyond. "We had no money and no credibility ... we sent out letters asking for submissions."
A request was sent to Mr. Findley, by then living in Stratford.
"Timothy Findley sent us a cheque and wrote, 'My very best wishes, good luck to you.'"
The award-winning novelist, actor and playwright died in hospital in France Thursday night, reportedly of complications from a pelvic fracture he suffered in early spring.
A private funeral in France will be followed by memorial services in Toronto and Stratford, Ont. But it is in Durham, the home where he wove so much of his literary magic, where he will finally rest.
When Mr. Findley and Mr. Whitehead sold their home here in 1998, arrangements were made to ensure their ashes could be interred in Stone Orchard.