Rev. William M. Addley S.J.

October 16, 1943January 21, 2012

Died peacefully on Saturday, January 21st, 2012 at St. Michael’s Hospital in Toronto, in the 69th year of his life and in the 48th year of religious life. Bill was born in Halifax, Nova Scotia on October 16th, 1943 to Gordon Addley and Margaret Tobin. He was educated at Saint Mary’s University High School and Saint Mary’s University (B.A. ‘64) in Halifax. He entered the Jesuit order in Guelph, Ontario in 1964, pronounced vows two years later and studied Philosophy at Mount St. Michael’s Gonzaga University, in Spokane, Washington. He completed a Master’s degree in Sociology at Loyola University in Chicago (1969 – 1971). He was ordained a priest on June 8th, 1974. Immediately after studying Theology at Regis College, Toronto (1971 - 1975) he was appointed Socius (assistant) to the Jesuit Provincial, and was then appointed Provincial himself in 1984. Later he worked in Pickering, Ontario and as Pastor at Our Lady of Lourdes Parish in Toronto. He was still serving as Pastor when he died. Bill was very gifted, intellectually and personally. He was universally loved, had unfailing good humour, charity and a great sensitivity to the lives and feelings of others. During his years as Pastor of Our Lady of Lourdes Parish, his devotion to his parishioners was reciprocated by their devotion to and appreciation of him. He will be sadly missed by his sister Allana Addley-Mont, his niece Tarra Mont-Colgan, and his many friends and colleagues. Visitation will be held at Our Lady of Lourdes Parish, 520 Sherbourne Street Toronto, on Thursday, January 26th and Friday, January 27th from 2 – 4 p.m. and 7 - 10 p.m. Mass of the Resurrection will be celebrated at Our Lady of Lourdes Parish on Saturday, January 28th, 2012 at 9:30 am. Burial will follow at 2:30 pm in the Jesuit Cemetery, Guelph, Ontario. In memory of Father Addley, donations may be made to Our Lady of Lourdes Parish, 520 Sherbourne Street Toronto, ON M4Y 1M4


  • Visitation Thursday, January 26, 2012
  • Visitation Friday, January 27, 2012
  • Mass of the Resurrection Saturday, January 28, 2012
  • Burial Saturday, January 28, 2012

Rev. William M. Addley S.J.

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Eli/Luz Mustacho

February 22, 2012

My whole family will never forget that for once in our life, a Jesuit priest by the name of Bill Addley was part of our new life here in Canada. Thank you for being our friend and may you rest in peace.

Mustacho Family

Fern Serrao

February 21, 2012

My deepest sympathy to Fr. Addely's family and to the Jesuits' community.You will be missed for your human touch, your warm and welcoming smile, your compassion and love for God.I believe that you accepted God's will and Jesus came and led you home. Rest in Peace my Dear Fr. Bill.
Love & Prayers,
Fern Serrao

Anna Llorin

February 13, 2012

Thank you Father Bill for gracing this earth. You--with your generosity, your smile, your radical love of and for God and men--have made this world so much more human and so much more divine. I will miss you forever but we will see each other again.

February 10, 2012

My deepest sympathy to Fr. Addley's family and to the Jesuits'community. Your absence from Our Lady of Lourdes, Fr. Bill, will be greatly missed and nothing will be the same again without you. I will miss your wise words, your warm, welcoming smile and your generous time that you had for each one of us. I am sure that you will even now continue looking over us from Heaven. May you rejoice in the presence of God for all eternity.
Millie Dolanjski

Philip Chircop

February 7, 2012

A radical word of gratitude for a treasured friend whose greatest gift was that rare art of "disappearing" and in doing so allowing the others to emerge and shine. Thank you Bill for being such an encourager and a soul-friend. philip sj


February 3, 2012

Poof!... and you were gone! I know that God knows best and that is why He took you the way that he did. So many of us never got a chance to say goodbye. I know that you are resting in God's hands and that you are at peace... smiling that warm welcoming smile, without discomfort and pain. I trust that our Heavenly Father will heal the pain and loss that we feel now that you have gone to Him.
Rest in peace gently, Dear Father Addley.

George O'Neill, S.J.

January 31, 2012

Dearest Family and Friends, Peace, Love, Joy and Hope of our Newborn and Risen, Lord Jesus.

As Socius 9 Years Assistant Provincial, and 6 Years Provincial, Top Canadian Superior, Fr. Bill Addley SJ paved the way for my 12 year employment at the Jesuit Regis College Library, University of Toronto. He arranged my 25 years in March retirement home here at Rene Goupil Jesuits in Pickering.

He was Superior Here at Rene Goupil for 9 years. We were also together 1 year as Novices, 1 year in Philosophy BA, and 1 year Regency, teaching in St. John's, Newfoundland, and 1 Year Theology Masters of Divinity, at Regis Bayview, University of Toronto. We were together for a week or 2 helping at Good Shepherd Refuge In Toronto.

He arranged mercifully for my discharge after 9 month stay at the Clarke Institute of Psychiatry, now the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health. He found me a place to live at Lourdes Parish, and my 12 year Job at Regis Library with Fr. Vince Mackenzie, SJ.

I later moved to 3 Regis small Communities before finding a home here at Rene Goupil Jesuits.

With eight, brief, usually 3-month or less Hospitalizations for Bi-Polar Manic, never Depressed, Episodes, I usually left behind some ruffled feathers, which Fr. Bill Addley SJ, as Friend to All, smoothed well. So I owe to Bill and all of my wonderful Family and all of my Jesuit Friends, and brothers my Forever Love, Fidelity and Gratitude.

So Bill and I and All did our Best. All our Love and Prayers,
Fraternally in Christ's Eternal Love, Uncle "George O'Neill", sj

Patrick Delaney Stephan

January 28, 2012

Father Bill,

You were one of the best men that I have ever had the privilege of knowing. Never once did I ever see you without a smile on your face. That happiness that you carried with you always, you made sure was passed on to anyone you met.

We're all better for having known you Father. You will always be in my thoughts and in my heart.

mike michieli

January 28, 2012

allana , im sorry to hear of your brothers passing , my sincere condolences to tara as well

Sean Coyne

January 27, 2012

Father, You've have made more of a difference in people's lives than you could ever know.
Including mine. For that I am blessed.

My Dad ,Patrick, and yourself used to have some good old yarns.

You will be missed, Bill.

Safe home.