Flora McKinlay of Guildwood, Toronto, died early on Tuesday, 4 July 2017, at the age of 82. She was predeceased in 2014 by her husband, Rev. Dr. Ed McKinlay, a minister of the PCC for fifty-six years.
Flora was born and raised in Vancouver where her family attended Kerrisdale Presbyterian Church. Trained as an educator, she was posted to Dawson Creek where she took an active role in the newly established Presbyterian Church there and in Synod youth activities. Through these she connected with a recently ordained missionary appointee serving in Kimberley in Kootenay Presbytery who had made a name for himself among young adults in the community coming to personal faith in Christ. She and Ed were married and soon after moved to St. Andrew’s, Lethbridge, Alberta, where they lost their first child Ian to SIDS. Ed was accepted for doctoral studies at the University of Edinburgh as Flora taught primary school. They returned in 1966 to Hamilton, Ontario, where Ed had been called to St. Enoch Church. In 1976 he was called to Bridlewood Church, Scarborough, Toronto, an extension charge. Flora was soon a mother of three as well as a Library Trustee and a highly committed pastor’s wife. Ed retired in 1989 and they shared ministry both in Highland Scotland and then at Knox (Spadina) Church Toronto where Ed and Flora had a shared visitation ministry. Flora also taught ESL classes at the church. Ed’s death in 2014 and a subsequent cancer diagnosis did not slow her ministry until the very end. Her funeral was held in Bridlewood Presbyterian Church, Knox Church sanctuary being presently under renovation, on 7 July 2017, conducted by Knox ministers Rev. Phil Reinders and Rev. Paul Johansen. As a tribute to her life and witness the church was almost filled to capacity. Flora is survived by her twin sister Sheila and three children, Bruce, Brian and Lorna Jean and two grandchildren.
Picture taken by ADM 1 June 2014, opening night 140th PCC General Assembly, Oshawa, ON