In Memoriam: The Ven. Clarence Stacy

Posted on December 16, 2008

 The Ven Clarence Stacy, former archdeacon of the Diocese of California, died on Friday, December 12, 2008, in Alhambra, CA, after a long illness. He is survived by his daughter, Margaret Stacy Kinstle, a painter living in Oakland, and his son, Charles Stacy, retired rector of St.-Mark's-in-the-Valley, Los Olivos, CA.

Stacy founded both St. Aidan's, San Francisco; St. Anselm's, Lafayette; and St. John's, Morgan Hill (now part of the Diocese of El Camino Real) and served as interim at Holy Child/St. Martin's, Daly City; St. Alban's, Brentwood; Trinity, Hayward (now closed); and Holy Innocents, Corte Madera. In addition to serving the Diocese of California, Stacy was active in provincial affairs and was vice chairman of the Presiding Bishop's Fund for World Relief (now Episcopal Relief and Development). Towards the end of his career he served as chaplain at Fairmont Hotel in San Francisco. Stacy also served his country by volunteering as an amphibious engineer in the Pacific during WWII.

Stacy also was in charge of much of the visit of the Most Rev. Robert Runcie, Archbishop of Canterbury, on his visit to San Francisco. It was the 2nd visit of an Archbishop of Canterbury. Archbishop Runcie talked about the great kindness shown to them and the wonderful ride in from the San Francisco Airport accompanied by a large number of motorcycle policeman arranged by Stacy. This was related to the younger Rev. Stacy when Runcie visited St. Mark's, Los Olivos (Diocese of Los Angeles) a number of years later.


Stacy's son says that he was "essentially a very kind man; he had a big heart," and has always been impressed by how many people he helped during his life. One of Stacy's most memoriable experiences, according to his son, was when he and Bishop Pike made a deal with Louis Martini to supply altar wine to the parishes of the Diocese of California. One of the by-products was that all clergy and seminarians of the Diocese could open accounts at the winery.


His daughter says, "He always wanted to elevate everyone, like he would say, 'This is my daughter, the master calligrapher.' And he always wanted to serve — if Bishop Swing asked him to clean the toilets, he would do it and would do a great job."

A memorial service for Stacy will be held at St. Aidan's, San Francisco, on January 17, 2009, at 2 p.m.