As most of the readers of the site will now know, Pat Paas' untimely death on February 27 came as a huge shock not only to his family but also to the extended Wycliffe family and patrons of Crux bookstore who knew him.
What is not so widely known is that the celebration of Pat's life here at the College on Saturday March 7, which Pat thought of as his second home, was an amazing tribute to Pat's life. Sheraton Hall was filled to absolute capacity with people wanting to offer their condolences and tell how Pat and Crux had impacted them personally. So many people: so many stories.
As Charles Lewis wrote in the National Post article (Mon March 16) Crux cannot be described by the words usually associated with religious bookstores. Crux is neither sedate, solemn or stuffy. Pat imbued his store with fun, laughter and music and his son Aaron, together with the dedicated team of capable assistants trained by Pat, is carrying on Pat's dream.
In addition, TST and ADSA have decided to set up a perpetual endowment to fund the Pat Paas Book Scholarships, which we envision as a set of $250 book prizes to be given annually to deserving needy students. Gifts to this endowment will be tax-deductible. Pat’s family supports this project. You can contribute to it by sending a cheque made out to TST and designated for this purpose; or by making a Visa payment at TST; or by an on-line contribution at www.canadahelps.org where you’ll be asked to enter the name of the Toronto School of Theology and then choose the designation from a drop-down menu.
You can check out the latest book arrivals and specials as always on the web site www.cruxbooks.com
Please keep Pat's wife, Jocelyn and their children in your prayers, and his second family, the staff at his beloved bookstore, as they face the future without him.