OBITUARY: Reginald Clive Meredith

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Reginald Clive Meredith
1932-2019

After a short illness, Clive passed away peacefully at the CHUL on March 8. Having always loved an early morning walk, and ready for the end of his time here on earth, Clive left us at dawn. Predeceased by his parents, Rex and Elsie Meredith, and his son, Ned Meredith, he will be deeply missed by his wife of 59 years, Diana, his children, Helen and Will, his daughter-in-law, Kirsten, and his grandchildren, Hazel and Simon.

Clive was an enthusiastic Quebecer, rooted in his historical connections to people and place and so proud to have stayed when so many others left. He particularly loved exploring his hometown (ideally with a black Labrador at the end of a leash) and through his writings, he shared Quebec City with others near and far.

For years he wrote a weekly essay in the Quebec Chronicle-Telegraph where he recorded his love of the city, his early morning walks, life at the Cathedral of the Holy Trinity, his work as a translator, and his passion for the village of St. Patrick where he had a summer home. Thirty years ago, these essays became his book in all weathers, in all seasons and in time spurred his two books about the history of the Cathedral.

A romantic at heart, Clive had a soft spot for the underdog, a deep appreciation of classical music and an unrivalled loyalty to the people of his communities. He delighted in taking (and sharing) photos of favourite people and places.

Clive’s funeral will be held at the Cathedral of the Holy Trinity (31 rue des Jardins, Quebec, G1R 4L6) at 2 p.m. on Saturday, April 13. The family will receive condolences at the parish hall (Carter Hall) from 7-9 p.m. on April 12 and at the Cathedral from 1-2 p.m., before the funeral.

Clive’s burial will take place at 2 p.m. on Saturday, May 18, at Mount Hermon Cemetery, 1801 Chemin St. Louis, Quebec City.

In lieu of flowers, donations would be welcome either to the Cathedral of the Holy Trinity (for the Clive Meredith Music Fund) or to the Fondation CHU de Québec (fondationduchudequebec.org).

In his memory, take an early morning walk and toast him with a glass of Moût de Pomme.