Fr. Platt built several Toronto parishes

  • October 3, 2011

TORONTO - Fr. Edwin Platt, a well-known priest who served throughout his hometown of Toronto, died Sept. 17. He succumbed to the stroke that had felled him while he was saying Mass at Corpus Christi parish.

Fr. Platt was 89 and was in his 62nd year as a priest.

Fr. Platt had returned in his later years to the east end where he grew up. He was educated at St. John’s and Corpus Christi Schools before moving on to St. Michael’s College School. He entered St. Augustine’s Seminary and was ordained a priest in 1948.

Fr. Platt inaugurated and supervised the construction of numerous parishes, including St. Thomas More, St. John Fisher and St. Luke’s in Thornhill, Ont., where he spent the longest period of his priesthood.

Fr. Platt was known as a very jovial man, often bringing his humour into his sermons, but never in an irreverent manner, according to his brother, Fr. Wallace Platt, CSB.

“His attention to, and respect, for what was sacred governed his words,” said his brother.

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