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HUNTER, Pearl (nee Mackie)
1923 - 2017
Pearl left us Saturday morning July 22, 2017 after her struggle with cancer after a long, healthy and active life... "the last time I was in a hospital for any length of time was 1939 when I had my tonsils out". Her decision to not have any invasive treatment was understood by family as what she wanted. We are sad to say goodbye to our Pearl, a person of such generosity, intellect and grace can have what she wants at the end. A dedicated, discrete and meticulous aide to many ministers on the hill. Rising from the steno pool on the hill surrounded by a cadre of strong and very able women. In the Saint Laurent government she became personal secretary, later to be private secretary to James Sinclair. Private secretary to "Mike" Pearson. Decades working for Allan MacEachen in many portfolios, from the Commons to the Senate they journeyed together. Everyone knew Pearl from the commissionaires to Prime Ministers. Her great smile and down to earth spirit had room for everyone. Beloved daughter of the late Andrew Mackie and Elsie Mackie (nee Pack). Awesome mother and confidante to David, incredible mother-in-law and loving friend to Gina and good friend to Donna. Devoted sister to Louisa (Bob), Christina (Warren), Doreen (Mel), Ian (Barbara) and Sandra (Gary); loving aunt to Bill (Clare Ann) Pack, Lynn (Doug) Powell, Brooke (Ruth) McNabb, Gary Keith, Bruce (Susan) Pack, John (Kim) Mackie, Stephen (Jane) Mackie, Gordon, Dwayne, Carolyn, Kim Moore and all their families. Pearl wanted to say thanks and goodbye to Allan, Craig, Mona and John, Monique, Carol and John, Deanna, Diane, Marc, Jacques, Sylvie, Sybil, Dr. Phil, Karen and all their families. And last, but not least to all the loving and professional nurses at the Bruyere, a heartfelt thank you. Pearl has left the office. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Glaucoma Research Society of Canada. Online condolences at

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Published in Ottawa Citizen on Jul. 26, 2017.
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August 30, 2017
Dear David

I wanted to offer my sincere condolences on the loss of your mother. I know how close the two of you were and how much you meant to her. It was a privilege to have spent time with her as she was a kind and caring soul and I am a better person for having known her. I always thought your mum had one of the most unique names and appropriate for her as the world will be a little less rich and fortunate without the one and only Pearl Hunter in it. She will be fondly remembered.

Dave Sheridan
July 27, 2017
I am lucky to have had Pearl as my friend who l shared so many happy memories through the years with. Pearl was fun to be around and had such a giggly laugh I can hear it when I think of her. I will picture her sitting in our house with cats around, a scotch in her hand sharing stories and laughing.
I hope you are in a pretty darn nice place dear Pearl. I carry you in my heart with love.
July 26, 2017
Our deepest sympathies

Bruce and Cheryl Singleton
Crown Point Ontario
July 26, 2017
Dear family members and friends,

My deepest condolences.

I had the privileged experience of working with Pearl on the Hill during Prime Minister Pierre Trudeau's Liberal Government in the 1970's. Sharing admin support duties during Hon. Allan MacEachen's tenure as Deputy Prime Minister, President of the Privy Council and Government House Leader.
It was a pleasure arriving daily to the Hill's Office (West Door) and seeing the cheerful, professional and dedicated devotion Pearl exuded to all her colleagues and in her excellent performance as office manager. Caringly, mentoring young secretaries in their administrative careers.

I am grateful for the memorable experience!

Now a star in heaven!

Helen M. Bednarek Van Eyk.
Helen Bednarek Van Eyk
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