David MacKinnon Odell

31 January, 194810 November, 2010

It is with profound sadness that we announce the passing of our beloved David MacKinnon Odell at age 62. David died at Princess Margaret in Palliative Care on Wednesday November, 10, 2010, surrounded by his family.

Deeply loved husband of Cynthia and dear Step Dad of Geoff & Jillian Kirkland, and Geoff’s fiancée Lesley. Adored big brother of Vicki Lindsay and her husband Peter, and their children Michael and Robin, and Michael’s partner Carly. Predeceased by his infant twin brother Peter. Cherished son of Gordon and the late Jean Odell, and dear son-in-law of Noreen Bennett. Special friend of the Fotheringham/Hageman families. He will be missed by his dogs Bailey, Sky and Gorgeous, who cherished the times we spent hiking the trails and on the boat at our cottage on Stony Lake.

Until recently, David was the President and CEO of the Data Group of Companies, an income trust, where his driving force was to ensure excellent shareholder value, and to provide a good livelihood for his many employees. Prior to this David was the President of the Yorkville Group, and Network Studios/Empress Graphics.

Throughout his career David took great pride in mentoring bright young talent. David had a very giving heart, and was always willing to lend a hand to those in need, whether he knew them or not. Two charities closest to his heart were Kid’s Help Phone and Eva’s Phoenix. If you so choose, memorial donations to them in David’s honour would be appreciated (in lieu of flowers).

As David’s cancer progressed, he entered into the amazing care of the doctors and nurses of the Palliative Care ward (16th floor) at Princess Margaret Hospital. Led by Dr. Julia Ridley, their compassion and quality of care sustained us. A special thank you to nurses Catherine, Sonya, Katrina, Patricia, Shadonna, Ann, Nemia, Lisa, Erin & Becky - the journey would have been so much tougher without you.

Arrangements entrusted to Jerrett Funeral Home 6191 Yonge St. Visitation Thursday 18 November 2 - 4 & 7 - 9 p.m. Service to be held Friday 19 November 1 p.m.


  • Visitation

    Thursday, 18 November , 2010

  • Funeral Service

    Friday, 19 November , 2010


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Hazel Fiddes

24 November 2010

Dear Cynthia,

My heartfelt condolences. I was very saddened to hear of David's passing.

My thoughts and prayers are with you at this very, very difficult time.

He will live on forever in your heart and memories.

Hazel Fiddes


19 November 2010

Dear Cynthia, My thoughts and heartfelt prayers are with you and your family at this time. David was truly a courageous soul. Shadonna.

Caroline Augustin

18 November 2010

My dearest Cynthia,
My heart goes out to you and your family at this very difficult time with the loss of your dear David. It has been years but I remember the day you both got married and how excited you were to have this wonderful man in your life. Your rock, your bastion of strength. But now, keep strong in the knowledge that he was well loved and respected by those who knew him and that you are surrounded by people who care and love you dearly and will be here for you. My deepest condolences and I hope that in time, you will remember him, not with pain but with the love and joy you shared in this life.
God Bless.

Doug Richmond

18 November 2010

I would like to express our deepest condolences to the Odell family for their loss on behalf of David's many friends at BMO.

David will always be a leader, competitor, and person whose clear love of life made him charismatic to all who met him. We had many great times together in busines and on the golf course. Working with his team at DBF, David brought DBF back to Canadian ownership and management. This impressive milestone was achieved a second time when DBF acquired Relizon.

David is a great Canadian leader to everyone associated with DBF and he set up a tremendous legacy in DBF.

Deborah Browne

17 November 2010

Dear Cynthia and family,
I was so very sorry to hear of David's passing. My thoughts and prayers are with you and the family.I know that you will all miss him so very much.
May David rest in peace and not have any more pain. My deepest condolences.
Deborah Browne, Toronto, ON

Duncan Willock

16 November 2010

Dear Gordon, Cynthia and family, please accept my deepest sympathies and condolances.
I have fond memories of David going back to the Apex days where we had some fun times. David shared his advice and council with me many times through the years and was a tremendous help in my business endevours.
He will be sorely missed by all that knew him. My thoughts and prayers are with you at this difficult time.


15 November 2010

Our deppest sympathy goes out to you and your family, David will be missed by all who knew him. (ACURA2000)

Marty Reimer

15 November 2010

My deepest sympathy to the Odell family. I knew David through TD's relationship with DATA and when we had the chance to meet whether it was via work, at the Charity Golf Event or watching him present an award at Eva's Phoenix, I enjoyed the time I spent with him. He was a well respected man in the industry. David spoke fondly to me of his family and his dogs and we shared pictures of both. I know he will be greatly missed by all.

Catherine Mayers

15 November 2010

May your memories of David be sweet, beautiful, and funny. Think of only the good times. He was such an incredible man it is a pleasure to have met him and you all.

Shawn Casey

14 November 2010

My deepest sympathies to all who shared Davivd's life. He was a mentor to so many, and will be dearly missed by all who knew him. Shawn

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