Bill died peacefully on May 2nd in his eighty-eighth year. He was born and raised in Dublin, Ireland. He is survived by his wife Virginia (Beatty), his three Irish nieces, Barbara, Daphne, and June; his brother-in-law Geoffrey Beatty of Richmond Hill, and family; Veronica and Douglas Little of North Carolina; and many friends throughout the world. He is predeceased by his sister Betty Bradbury of Wales, and his brother Derick of Dublin, Ireland.
Bill began his ministry preaching in the streets of Dublin in the 1940s. In 1947 he arrived in Canada to study for ordination in the Anglican Church. He is a graduate of the University of Toronto, Wycliffe College, and Boston University. In 1955 he married Virginia and was posted to serve as Chaplain to the Grove School for Boys in Lakefield. Later, he moved to Boston where he studied in the field of pastoral psychology, doing his clinical work in eight hospitals, including six psychiatric institutions after which, at the request of Bishop Lawrence, he was appointed to the Peter Bent Brigham Hospital as Director of Chaplaincy Services. In 1982 Bill returned to Toronto to head the Chaplaincy Services of The Toronto General Hospital.
While in Boston, Bill served as the Summer Preacher in the Cathedral of Christ Church, and along the way preached in other cathedrals in Bermuda and New York, and led evangelical preaching missions in the United States and Canada. He was a Pastoral Counsellor for fifty years, served on Ethics Committees for the Protection of Human Subjects for seventeen years, and taught Medical Ethics for fourteen years.
Bill’s 48 trophies from various sports are testament to a remarkable all round and lifelong athlete. Most memorable were the five championship soccer teams on which he played with the University of Toronto and two victories at the Bermuda Open Invitational (handicap) Tournament for golf.
Bill’s final years were spent between Toronto and Pittsfield, Vermont, where he and Virginia focused their energies on the establishment of the Beatty Ryckman Trust dedicated to equipping and training clergy for self-knowledge and personal wellness.
The family is grateful for the support of the Palliative Care team at the Credit Valley Hospital as well as the staff of St. Elizabeth Health Care.
Bill was beloved as a raconteur with a vivid sense of humour, a charismatic teacher, a poet and friend. Friends and family will gather for a Memorial Service to be held in the Chapel of Wycliffe College at 5 Hoskin Ave. Toronto, on Tuesday, May 27 at 1 p.m. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Bursary Fund of Wycliffe College.