Rev. Dr. Harry Kuntz (1934-2021)

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Harry Kuntz of Pointe Claire passed away peacefully on Saturday, April 3rd, 2021, in his 86th year. Loving husband of Joanne; father of Tom (Linda), Brad (Joanne), Craig (Janet) and Alicia (Jason); beloved son of the late Delilah and Harry Kuntz; dear brother of Bill (Carol), Marjorie (Donald), David (Sandra), and predeceased by his brother Charles (Margaret). Harry was an uncle to many nieces and nephews and grandpa to Julie, Rebecca, Steven, Samuel, Benjamin, Matthew, and Alexandre and great grandpa to Tyler and Riley.

Harry grew up in Baden Ontario, where his parents owned a general store. After getting married, he moved to Montreal to attend Presbyterian College. He was a life-long learner and loved to read. Books were a staple in the household and the walls of his study were adorned with “wall paper” from numerous institutions including a Bachelor of Arts from Waterloo College of Western University; a Bachelor of Divinity from Presbyterian College in Montreal; a Sanctae Theologiae Magistrum and a Diploma in Education from McGill University; as well as a Diploma in Institutional Administration, a Master of Arts in Education Studies and a Doctorate in Humanities from Concordia University – the latter being a retirement project he completed in his seventies.

Harry was ordained in Livingston Presbyterian Church in Baden and then inducted as Minister at Greenbriar Presbyterian Church in Brantford Ontario. He was subsequently inducted as the Minister at St. Columba-by-the-Lake in Pointe Claire. He remained active in the Presbyterian Church throughout his life but resigned from the pastorate to share his passion for education. He taught high school before joining the Ministère de l’éducation du Québec where he served as the Secretary of the Protestant Committee of the Superior Council of Education until his retirement.

Harry was a devoted husband and father and loved to be with his family and grandchildren. Wherever you went to visit, be it the house, the cottage, or the chalet, everyone was welcome, and Harry was sure to have fabulous meals at the ready. He became known to many for his enthusiastic wake up calls at the chalet as well as his breadth and wealth of knowledge. He loved to attend concerts, enjoyed museums exhibits and researching family history.

He will be dearly missed.

A service will be held on Tuesday April 13th at 3:00 PM for the immediate family. For those wishing to attend remotely, a video link is available from the Collins Clarke MacGillivray White funeral home (Pointe Claire) or one of the children.

In lieu of flowers please make a donation in Harry’s name to the Presbyterian College, Montreal. (See the right panel for details on donations in memory of the Rev. Dr. Kuntz.)

Obituary published first in the Montreal Gazette, here

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