David ELDER
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ELDER, David Campbell 1942 - 2017 In Ottawa on August 14. Beloved husband and best friend of Patricia Solomon. Loving father of Laurent Elder (Hanna Button). Proud and devoted grandfather of Sebastien Elder. Dear brother of Bruce (Kathy) of Toronto, Alan (Richard Carrier) and Jo-Anne Elder (Carlos Gomes) of Fredericton, NB and uncle to many nieces and nephews. Predeceased by his sister Rev. Diane Clark (Brian) of Guelph. Born in Hamilton in 1942, the eldest child of Edrie (Campbell) and David Murdoch Elder. A graduate of McMaster University, B.A. (Hon) French and German, and of University of Toronto, M.A. French Literature, a Teaching Fellow in the Department of French at Victoria College, and instructor in the French Department at UBC. David joined the Department of External Affairs as a Foreign Service Officer in 1973 and enjoyed 20 rewarding years in the Department, with memorable assignments in Ottawa as Senior Departmental Assistant to the Minister, for the Hon. Don Jamieson and the Hon. Flora MacDonald, and Director of International Economic Relations in the Economic Policy Bureau. International assignments included the Canadian Embassy in Dakar, Sénégal; the Canadian High Commission in Harare, Zimbabwe; and Deputy Permanent Representative of Canada to the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (1989-1993). In 1993 David was assigned to the Privy Council Office as Director of Operations, Security and Intelligence and later Director of Operations, Machinery of Government. From 1998 to 2001 he was Assistant Secretary to Cabinet, Machinery of Government, a position he felt privileged to hold given Machinery's role in providing advice to the Prime Minister on the organization of government and mandates of Ministers. He retired from the Privy Council Office in 2004 after 30 years of dedicated public service in the Federal Government. He returned to academic life at Queen's University as a Fellow in the School of Policy Studies in 2001 and later Adjunct Professor. Of the courses he taught, he most valued Approaches to Policy Analysis, which he co-instructed with Prof. Robert Wolfe from 2002 to 2015, for the opportunity it offered to share his knowledge of design and implementation of public policy, to introduce his students to public servants he knew, and to convey the value of a career in Public Service. In honour of David's contribution to Queen's University, the School of Policy Studies has established the David Elder Award in Global Public Policy. Should you wish to contribute to this award, donations may be made at www.givetoqueens.ca/DavidElder. David loved to travel to both new and familiar places; his favourite destination was the Côte d'Azur, particularly the Promenade des Anglais in Nice, where he and Pat escaped from winter for a fortnight for many years. An avid baseball fan, ballparks in the U.S. were also on travel itineraries, as was a trip to Florida for Blue Jays spring training last March. Many trips were focused on seeking out special art exhibitions or museums such as the restored Rothko murals at Harvard, a Kandinsky retrospective at the Pompidou or Frank Gehry's Guggenheim Museum in Bilbao. A celebration of David's life will be held on Monday, October 2 at 12:00 noon in the Sacred Space at Beechwood, Funeral, Cemetery, and Cremation Services (280 Beechwood Avenue in Ottawa). Messages of Condolence may be left at www.beechwoodottawa.ca.



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Published in Ottawa Citizen on Sep. 1, 2017.
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October 4, 2017
Bless you on a life so well lived. Donald and Phillis Joan Gosnell, Sandra Gosnell-Hordowick, Walter, Eric and Heather Hordowick, Steven, Charles,Duncan and Elizabeth Gosnell
Donald Gosnell
October 2, 2017
David's intellectual bounty had impact far beyond the national sphere. I was witness to his considerable influence on the success of public administration projects in the Ukraine and Russia. His generosity in sharing knowledge with our teams will have lasting effects on the future of our public service. He was our "Yoda" and we will all miss him.
Hanny Toxopeus
October 2, 2017
I knew him as Professor Elder. Class of 04. He knew all of his students. He knew how to teach them, how to make politics accessible. The celebration of his life today was warm and happy. Was an honour to be there.
Cathy Toxopeus
September 5, 2017
Dear Pat, it was sad to hear of David's passing. The two of you have had many enjoyable years and together we even had many good times at the "office". David will be missed by his many friends.
Wallace Dowswell
September 5, 2017
Hello Patricia,

After being out of touch for a while, this was very sad news indeed to receive about a man you loved deeply and a wonderful testament to how much he has given. Warmest thoughts to you and your family.
Dorothy Thompson
September 3, 2017
Dear Pat,
David and I got to know one another when we worked on economic summit and related issues during the mid to late 80s. His personal and professional qualities really stood out. I feel very sad indeed that he has been taken from us much too early.
With warm sympathy,
John Coleman
September 2, 2017
David was the Don of Ryerson House at Victoria College when I lived there in the mid 60s. Our paths never crossed again despite both our careers in international relations. Pity, as I'm sure we'd have had much to talk about. My condolences to his family. We shared many good moments despite the differences between our French and Engineering studies
Bob Thomson
September 2, 2017
A gentleman who will be missed by the many whose lives he touched.
Eduardo del Buey
September 1, 2017
Gentil, aimable fin et raffiné c'était toujours un plaisir de le rencontrer; il traitait tout le monde quelque fut son rang, avec équanimité, une exquise courtoisie et une ouverture jamais prise en défaut.
Jean-Pierre Petit
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