My own personal Marvin Caplan story
RE: The pain of coming out and the loss of a friend (Feb. 4)
After reading Deirdre Pike’s article and her lovely tribute to the recently departed Marvin Caplan, I was reminded of my own personal story about the man.
As a teacher in the Catholic School Board, part of the material I taught centred around Jesus as a young Jewish boy and described the rituals and customs that he participated in as part of his faith journey. Some questions from students left me a bit unsure. I happened to bump into Marvin after that and he was only too happy to visit my class to provide more complete answers for my students.
It was typical of Marvin’s generosity and love for life that showed another example of his inclusivity mentioned in Pike’s op-ed and is echoed recently in mosques opening their doors to the broader community in the wake of the Quebec shooting. The more we learn about each other, the less we have to fear.
In the topsy-turvy world that we now inhabit, we need, now more than ever, this inclusivity, community building and, well, love for lack of a better world. Marvin embodied these lofty ideals every day and more good people need to speak up against hate, divisiveness and injustice that plague various sectors of society.
Fittingly, during Black History Month, let us recall the sage advice of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr: “In the end, we will remember not the words of our enemies, but the silence of our friends” Grant Ranalli, Hamilton