IN MEMORIAM: Gary McCauley ‘66


The Rev. Gary Francis McCauley, Class of 1966, died on Sunday, May 13, 2018 at Queensway-Carleton Hospital in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada at the age of 78. Born April 1, 1940, in Cochrane, Ontario, Canada, he was an Anglican priest, a Member of Parliament, an adjudicator with the Immigration and Refugee Board and the Veterans Review and Appeal Board. He was also a novelist and essayist with a quick and inventive sense of humor, a passion for the downtrodden and a compulsive attention to planning meals months in advance.

McCauley has written three novels beginning with Soldier Boys, the story of a young man who goes off to fight Hitler and comes home badly scarred by his war. The novels which follow, Faith Of Our Fathers and Morgan Le Fay tell how the man’s damaged psyche affects his life and the life of his son. He also wrote Fraud and Disability: The SNAFU at Veterans Affairs.

He is survived by his sister Jane Sullivan, his former wife Dianne Archibald, his children Randall, Tim and Heather. His loving partner and friend Maire J. O’Callaghan, and his purrfect pals Daisy, Sadie, and Casey Coal McCauley are all bereft without his loving care and sustenance.

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