TORONTO, Ontario, April 29, 2011 ( – The funeral for Canadian pro-life giant Rev. Ted Colleton, who passed away peacefully Tuesday evening at the age of 97, is scheduled for Tuesday in Scarborough, Ontario.

The visitation will take place Monday, May 2nd from 2:00 – 9:00 p.m. at St. Joseph’s Church (Highland Creek) on 200 Morrish Rd., Scarborough.  There will be prayers at 7:00 p.m.

The funeral will be on Tuesday, May 3rd at 11:00 a.m., also at St. Joseph’s Church.

Born and raised in Ireland, Fr. Ted was ordained a Catholic priest in the Spiritan order in 1940, after which he spent 30 years in Kenya as a missionary. He came to Canada in 1971 where he began a second career as a pro-life missionary and spent more than 35 active years preaching the Good News without compromise.

The late priest was hailed by pro-life leaders and close friends as a devoted and tireless defender of the unborn up until his last days.  Notably, his convictions even led him into jail several times as he sought to prevent unborn children from falling into the hands of abortionists.

He was described as a fiery preacher who would use card tricks and his great sense of humor to warm up his audience to the pro-life message.

“Fr. Ted was a giant of a man, a giant of a pro-lifer, who was one of the great heroes of the Canadian pro-life movement,” said Campaign Life Coalition National President Jim Hughes, who was a close friend for three decades.  “He was a wonderful example, giving everything he had for the unborn and vulnerable.”