Clerical molesters and confreres dead

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Two convicted Basilian molesters  are dead.

Convicted Basilian clerical molesters and confreres William Hodgson Marshall and Father Robert Whyte csb are dead.

Both taught at St. Michael’s College School  in Toronto  in the early 50s.   Both were at Assumption College in Windsor Ontario in latter part of the  same decade.  Both have been living at the Cardinal Flahiff Basilian Centre in Toronto  for years (Whyte since shortly after his 1990 conviction and subsequent incarceration, and Marshall since around 1998 following his return from St. Lucia.)

Marshall, who pled guilty June 2011 to 17 charges related to sex abuse of 17 victims was sentenced to two years in jail.  Some time after his guilty plea he was laicized/defrocked.  .  He continued to live in the Basilian residence in Toronto after his laicization.

Whyte, who pled guilty in 1990 to 18 charges of sex abuse of boys aged 11 to 17, was sentenced to four years in prison.

The pair died six days apart.

Father Robert Whyte csb died 22 July 2014

William Hodgson Marshall died 28 July 2014.

Both have gone to stand before their Maker.  They stood before Him on their own – no Andrew Brady there to argue their cause.  Each answered to the Judge who knows their every thought and deed.

I do pray that both had a change of heart and earnestly begged God for forgiveness for the pain they have inflicted on so many.  I don’t wish an eternity in Hell on anyone, not even my worst enemies.  God’s will be done.

That said, there is a surprising dearth of information on their deaths.  I have searched in vain for obituaries.  I did find the following notice on Father Whyte

22 July 2014:  Father Robert Whyte, C.S.B Obituary

And that’s it.  I can not find anything anywhere on Hod Marshall’s death.  I did confirm and get the date by calling the Basilian Centre.

As I hunted online I noticed that the Basilians are now restricting access to their information online.  I suppose it was all getting a tad too embarrassing? I can’t imagine why else an order would suddenly ban the general public from accessing its newsletters newsletters?

If anyone has access or links to obituaries on either of the two please send it along.

Keep these molesters’ many many victims and their families in your prayers.

 A special thank you to siobhan for letting us know of the death of William Hodgson Marshall


The next court date for former Church organist Brian Lucy  is:

29 August 2014:  9 am, “to be spoken to,” courtroom #1,  Brockville, Ontario courthouse, (41 Court House Square)

That date relates to the two charges of breaching his bail conditions and a possession of child porn charge.

There is no news as yet on the sex abuse charges for which he has been committed to stand trial in Ontario Superior court.  I checked, and, as yet there is no news.  It usually takes a while for things to start rolling again after charges are moved to the Superior Court of Justice.  I will check again in about two weeks.

Enough for now,



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6 Responses to Clerical molesters and confreres dead

  1. Sylvia says:

    Another little piece of information: Hod Marshall died at 5:20 am on 28 July 2014 at the Basilian Fathers Centre and Residence in Toronto.

  2. Brunelle Brenda says:

    Sylvia, thank you for posting this information. Imagine even in death they protected their Order ahead of informing his victims of his death.

    I can’t help but wonder if this information did not come from a church bulletin asking for prayers of the repose soul of Hod Marshall. As there are no obituary’s online in any newspaper whatsoever.

    Was this out of respect for his many many victims… or was this to protect the damming reputation of the Basillian Order that he helped create!

    I too am so sorry for each and every soul this man tortured over his 6 decades of being a priest. For all those who were brave enough to come forward, and especially for all those who continue to suffer in silence.

    Brady certainly could not negotiate the high courts on the outcome of these final breaths of either Quinlan, Whyte or Marshall, regardless of the sum of money willing to be paid in doing so. Some debts, simply cannot be paid with cash. Interesting to note they all died the same month, same year, just days apart from each other.

    • Sylvia says:

      It’s much gratitude and thanks thanks to siobhan fagan that we know Brenda. She posted on the site in the wee hours of the morning. I then set about trying to confirm. I finally managed to do so by contacting the Basilian centre. I then learned from siobhan that Hod died at 05:30 am and at the Basilian Centre.

      You are right. There is nothing out there. I hunted through newspapers and funeral homes. Nothing. And no luck with the Basilian website – the Basilians now feel the need to restrict access to their newsletters and other Basilian news to its members. It didn’t use to be that way.

      Why the change I wonder? What in the name of all that’s good and holy do Canadian Basilian priests want hide from we the unwashed laity?

      No matter. Thanks be to God and siobhab the word is out.

      As I said before, I am sure the news is being greeted with many mixed emotions.

      My thoughts and prayers are with siobhan, and every single one of you who found the courage to come forward to tell the world that Hod Marshall was nothing more than a wolf in sheep’s clothing. And with those victims who were denied their day in court because Andrew Brady hammered out that sweet sweet deal for Hod (no more charges). And the victims in Saskatoon. And the brothers, sisters, wives and parents of victims who have suffered because of Hod. So many hurting people.

      • Brunelle Brenda says:

        Of course it goes without saying, special thanks to you Sylvia for investigating this and getting the word out to your bloggers.

        Because of your news, the survivors of this man were able to write his obituary on Hod Marshall’s family and Order’s behalf.

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