Name: Simeon SPIDEL
Given Name: Simeon
Birth: 7 Jul 1867 1
Death: 26 Sep 1954
Change Date: 8 Aug 2006 at 16:13:03
(newspaper clippings contributed by Jay Spidle)
Sixteen years ago Dr. Simeon Spidle retired as professor of theology and philosophy at Acadia University. In one sense, it might be said that his work stopped then, but in another, and more important way, it can be said that it will never end. A man of striking personality, an effective speaker and lecturer, neither he not his thoughts were soon forgotten by those who came into his hands as students.
For those in the arts courses, there were the inevitable "logic and ethics" and if logic did not make the impression that it should have on the thinking processes of those who delved no more deeply into philosophy, Dr. Spidle's "ethics" lingered longer. The principles he expounded he lived; that gave them weight with those who knew him. That gives them weight to this day, a not inconsiderable factor when it is remembered that many of his students became teachers and professors and clergymen who in their turn are influencing the thought and the actions of many thousands of people.
Thus, while Dr. Spidle is remembered by some as a preacher, by many as an impeccably-clad figure at university ceremonies and functions, he will be remembered, not by name perhaps, but by community at large through the Christian doctrine which he expounded so ably and for the maner in which he shaped and sharpened the minds of then younger men that they might the better think.
(newspaper clipping contributed by Jay Spidle)
Dr. Simeon Spidle
Dr. Simeon Spidle passed away at his home on Sunday, Sept. 26, 1954, at 87 years of age. He was the son of the late Mr. and Mrs. Solomon Spidle of New Cornwall, Lunenberg.
He was educated at Acadia University, Newton Theological Institution, Mass., and Clark University, Worcester, Mass. In 1911 he became Professor of Theology and Philosophy at Acadia University, a position he held for twenty-seven years. In 1919 Dalhousie University conferred upon Dr. Spidle the honorary degree of L.L.D. and in 1926 Acadia University recognized him with an honorary Doctor of Divinity.
He retired in 1938 and he and Mrs. Spidle made their home at Mahone Bay. He is survived by his widow, the former Hattie Hamm of Mahone Bay; one son, Guerney, four grandsons, Simeon, Sydney, Joseph and Arthur and four great-grandchildren, all of Toronto. A sister, Mrs. Dennis Eisenhauer of Lunenburg also survives.
The funeral service was held on Wednesday afternoon in the United Baptist church and was conducted by the pastor, Rev. Kenneth Thompson, assisted by Rev. George P. Allen, Truro, Dr. C.B. Lumsden of Acadia University and Dr. D. L. Kennedy, Dartmouth. In the comforting message, there was given by Dr. Kennedy this tribute, "Through all his years as Professor at Acadia University his name was associated with scholarship and high character,. His brilliant gifts of mind and heart, his influence as councillor and teacher have enriched us." Present at the service were President Watson Kirkconnell, Acadia University, and a number of the distinguished leaders of the Baptist Church.
Rev. G.E. Houstes conducted the service of Commital at the graveside. The pall bearers were a nephew and five grandnephews of the deceased.
Interment was in Bayview Cemetery.
Father: Solomon SPIDEL b: 5 Sep 1826
Mother: Louisa BARKHOUSE
- Gurney SPIDEL b: 9 Mar 1892
- Title: 1901 Census of Canada