OBITUARY

Mr. David Michael Ablett

February 4, 1941July 24, 2010

David Michael Ablett

Beloved husband, father, grandfather, brother, uncle, son and friend, at home in Peterborough, Ontario, on July 24, 2010. Beloved husband of Colleen (nee Connell), his children: Jonathan (Ann), Elizabeth (Ken), their mother Joan; Krista (Mark), Kelly (Brett) and Kevin (Cheryl). Loving Papi and Grampa D to twelve grandchildren. Brother to June (Les) and Richard (Kathy). Predeceased by his father, Jack, his mother, Hazel, and his brother, Frank. Nephew of Ruth Marshall, Anne Carson and Fern Aldred. Brother-in-law to Michael Connell, Susan (Jim Witiuk), Anne (Larry Yatkowsky), Mary Raper, Ellen (Peter Johnson). David will also be greatly missed by his nieces, nephews and their families along with his extended family and wide network of friends. David was born on February 4th, 1941, in Gibson's Landing, B.C.. David's career as a journalist began at the New Westminster Columbian, where as a high school student; he initially covered the high school basketball and then wrote the bowling column. Later, at the University of British Columbia, he was the Editorial Page Editor of the student newspaper, the Ubisey. The Vancouver Sun sent him to Columbia University School of Journalism, where he graduated in 1967, with the top history award and the Pulitzer Travelling Fellowship, a prize that allowed him to spend the next two years abroad -first in Japan, then Europe, where he covered the Soviet invasion of Czechoslovakia for Radio Free Europe. He returned to the Sun in 1969 and became the Washington, and then Ottawa Bureau Chief. He returned to Vancouver as the Sun's editorial page editor. He won Canada's National Newspaper Award for Editorial Writing in 1977. Later, he joined the Office of the Privy Council under Pierre Elliot Trudeau. On departure from the Privy Council, Prime Minister Trudeau created a special cabinet record of David's contributions to Canada, including his role as strategist for bringing the constitution home to Canada. More recently, he was the Vice President of Public and Corporate Affairs at the Toronto Stock Exchange until his retirement in 2007. We would like to thank the nurses and staff at PRHC 4A North. A special thank you to Dr. John Vlaschard; nurses Tina and Debbie. Visitations will be held on Wednesday from 2-4 & 7-9 pm at COMSTOCK FUNERAL HOME & CREMATION CENTRE, 356 Rubidge Street, Peterborough, Ontario, (705) 745-4683. A Memorial Service will be held in the chapel of the funeral home on Thursday, 29 July, at 11:00 am. Donations to the Canadian Cancer Society would be appreciated by David’s family. Online condolences may be made at www.comstockfuneralhome.com

Services

  • Memorial Service Thursday, July 29, 2010
  • Visitation Wednesday, July 28, 2010
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Mr. David Michael Ablett

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January 20, 2011

With sincere sympathy

Bonnie MacDonald.....old school mate from Edmonds and U>B>C>

January 20, 2011

You certainly accomplished a lot in a relatively short space of time.....I knew success would be a mandate in your career

August 13, 2010

Dear Colleen and family
I want to express deep sympathy for the loss to you and all the family. I met him only a few times. A very warm and caring man. You and your family have been in my thoughts and prayer.
Love, Gloria Wilkinson

Patrick Corrigan

August 13, 2010

David was the rare journo/editor that appreciated the value of a memorable political cartoon. Hence his friendship with the great Roy Peterson.
Wistfully, I think he appreciated the value of my wine expertise more than some things...
Will miss him immensely...the sage, the wag, the man of many appetites.
Condolences to Colleen and all his family.

Kevin Roman

August 6, 2010

One never knows what to write at times like these. It's a reflection of a life passed and lives left. As I knew David, I saw joy, laughter, a quiet strength, peace and very good food! We'll miss David very much but we understand that his life was only the start and sample of something greater for him. I'm so happy that we had the opportunity to visit with David back in June. I woke on that Thursday morning on the Oregon Coast and not surprisingly, the Sun came shining through the fog at just the right time. Thank you David, for bringing the sun into our lives and for loving us all. Deepest sympathies to Elizabeth and Jonathan and of course, my dear mom. Love from Kevin & Cheryl and kids

Justin Raper

August 5, 2010

I have many fond memories about the time I spent with David. From our weekend visits to the golf course to our conversations over a wide array of topics while enjoying a glass of scotch. But most of all I will remember David's kindness and his gift of knowledge. I learned as much about life and what it means to be a good person as I did about academics. For this I am truly grateful. David will be truly missed.

Jodi Ferguson

August 3, 2010

Dear Colleen and family,

I was very sorry to hear about David passing away. I had the honor and the pleasure of working with him at TSX. He was such a wonderful man, his generous nature and sharing his remarkable stories with his great sense of humor always made working with him a true joy. I have great memoires of the time we golfed together and when I last saw David at the BBQ you both so graciously held at your home. My thoughts are with you and the Ablett family at this very difficult time.

With my deepest sympathy,
Jodi

August 1, 2010

Colleen, Jonathan and Elizabeth,

David combined a great analytical mind with equally great creative imagination. We met in Washington in 1970 when I was trying to get an environmental impact analysis for the Alaska Pipeline proposal. We got to know one another well over the next four years. It was David who suggested I embark on the lawsuit that eventually achieved that goal. In any event, he wrote about the issue at least once a month, the Sun published his stories, sometimes on the front page, and it became a major issue in US Canadian relations. Ultimately it took a resolution of the United States Congress to overturn the favourable ruling of the US federal courts. A four year saga of activist journalism with David at the center of it from beginning to end.

You have lost a truly wonderful person.

Our thoughts and prayers are with you.

David and Sandra Anderson, Victoria.

David Anderson

August 1, 2010

Colleen, Jonathan and Elizabeth,

David combined a great analytical mind with equally great creative imagination. We met in Washington in 1970 when I was trying to get an environmental impact analysis for the Alaska Pipeline proposal. We got to know one another well over the next four years. It was David who suggested I embark on the lawsuit that eventually achieved that goal. In any event, he wrote about the issue at least once a month, the Sun published his stories, sometimes on the front page, and it became a major issue in US Canadian relations. Ultimately it took a resolution of the United States Congress to overturn the favourable ruling of the US federal courts. A four year saga of activist journalism with David at the center of it from beginning to end.

You have lost a truly wonderful person.

Our thoughts and prayers are with you.

David and Sandra Anderson, Victoria.

Sterling Newman

July 31, 2010

Colleen and family:
It was truly a privilege to know David, and to have spent time with him. Wishing you peace and comfort during this difficult time. With sincerest sympathy.