David Ablett

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ABLETT, David Michael 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 and 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
Published in Vancouver Sun and/or The Province from July 27 to July 28, 2010
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