OBITUARYDr V.S. Carrington (Tony) Tyndale
As most members of the Tyndale Society will now know, Tony Tyndale died on the 24th August 1999 at the age of 73, after a short illness. He was a thirteenth-generation descendant of William's older brother Edward. He was a friend to many of us, and he is already much missed.
In the Profile of him which appeared in our very first Journal (March, 1995) he listed as his current interests tracing the lives and residences of the thirteen generations; unwrapping the details of the relations between the Tyndales and the Staffords, one of whom married Mary Boleyn, and the friendship between her sister Anne and William Tyndale; and finding out more about Edward and other siblings. Using, and greatly expanding, the material left by his father, he did a good deal, and his work will remain as a family archive.
Born in London, he spent part of his childhood in India, and after school served in the army for twelve years, in Palestine, as a tank commander in Korea, and as Adjutant of his regiment in Germany. On leave, in 1951 he took an MA at Worcester College, Oxford in Russian Language and Literature. Sabbaticals at Tyndale Hall, Bristol and St Catherine's College, Cambridge as Visiting Scholar, led later to his Master's degree, and then doctorate, at the University of Toronto.
From 1955, for almost a quarter of a century, he was chairman of the Intervarsity Christian Fellowship of Canada, teaching, challenging and coaching university students. He married Penelope in 1956, and they spent their first year of marriage travelling, on evangelistic missions at universities in Canada and the United States, with Rev. John Stott. With Penelope he developed and led a lay-training programme in a congregation of 2,000 at Holy Trinity, Thornhill. Among other things, from 1982 he was Executive Director and National Coordinator of the South American Missionary Society, Canada, with much travelling: and was on the faculty of Wycliffe College, University of Toronto. Invited by Anglican bishops, from 1994 he regularly visited central, eastern and southern Africa, working at all levels to develop the ministry of the laity. In all his life's work, he visited over 100 countries. In 1998, the newly-named Tyndale College and Seminary, Toronto made him their first Chancellor, an honour he relished.
I stayed with him at his home in Ontario in June, when no-one, not even he, knew how mortally ill he was. He and Penelope made me wonderfully at home, and they were full of their pride in their four children (in Canada, Australia and England) and five grandchildren. Shortly after, his wish, that all would come home before he died, was fulfilled. He died at home, peacefully.