February 2, 2021

Our community mourns the passing of Mr. Tom Ivory, beloved teacher and friend of St. Paul’s High School.  

From the start of his career in the 1980s to his retirement in 2009, Mr. Ivory was known for his passion, faith, and boundless curiosity.

“One entered uncharted territory in his class. The poor boy exhausted from shenanigans in the gym found no cozy haven in the back row of his classroom…his classroom was a place for risk-takers and questioning. The cut and thrust of debate energized him.” [1]

“[Simply put] Tom Ivory was not only a man for others but a man for all seasons” [2]

One need not look further for the outcry from alumni and staff that mourn this cherished community member’s passing. Alexander Du ’82 reflects on his time under Mr. Ivory’s tutelage “I really enjoyed my classes with Mr. Ivory, he introduced me to many French Classics that I still cherish today. He was a kind and patient man and teacher. God Bless you Mr. Ivory, and my condolences and prayer to his family and friends.”  

Richard Grover, a former teacher, also reminisces: “[Tom was] a renaissance man: musician, philosopher, theologian, great wit and a good friend.”

When not inspiring students with his rigour, he could be found bringing his unwavering passion to the stage, directing over fifteen productions and producing five, between 1985 – 2007.

Students most notably remember him for his “guitar that he made speak soaringly at masses and school concerts, the bridge between him as a faculty member, and his students in Murray Hall who stood on tiptoes, wondering at the fact that one of their teachers, seemed to exude the essence of cool, as he emulated his idol, Eric Clapton, in paroxysms of riffs and flourishes that made his guitar speak.” [3]

Ray Comeault, Counsellor & French Teacher, fondly refers to Tom as his “mentor, who took [Comeault] under his wing in the French department; in drama (teaching him how to direct plays); and in Mass choir.”

Comeault continues, “I remember Tom Ivory and Denis Vouriot were inseparable, constantly pondering the meaning of life. They were inspirable philosophers, had a passion for the French language and a passion for religion.”

At St. Paul’s High School, we would be remiss without Tom Ivory’s legacy and are grateful for his long-serving involvement in the school and will mourn this loss to our community.

Tom leaves his dear wife, Danielle, his daughters Christine and Catherine, and his son Alex who himself graduated from St. Paul’s in 2001.

During COVID-19, a private Mass will be held in the St. Paul’s High School Canadian Martyrs’ Chapel for the repose of the soul of Tom Ivory and the consolation of his family.

Rest in peace, dear friend.

[1] SPHS 2009 Yearbook, “The End of an Era: Mr. Ivory Retires”, P. 143

[2] SPHS 2009 Yearbook, “The End of an Era: Mr. Ivory Retires”, P. 143

[3] SPHS 2009 Yearbook, “The End of an Era: Mr. Ivory Retires”, P. 143

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