PEEL H. DavidBorn August 16, 1933 in Edinburgh, Scotland. Died May 3, 2009 in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada of cancer. David Peel is greatly missed by family, friends and colleagues around the world. He died peacefully with the grace with which he lived. David is survived by his wife, Diana, of Vancouver, his daughter Ann, son Douglas and his wife Alison, his 5 grandchildren and his sister, Penelope. David was born in Edinburgh and raised in Truro, Nova Scotia. He began early in life to travel the world, starting his journeys in high school with the Boy Scouts. Following high school, David lived with family in California to attend a year at Whittier College. He returned to Canada and graduated with a B.A. (1954) and an LLB (1957) both from Dalhousie University in Halifax. While at Dalhousie, David pursued his love of theatre, which continued all his life, as did his love of music. David put himself through university as a DJ and announcer, and talked often of his first summer job at CKCL Radio of Truro. From 1990, until shortly before his death, David hosted "I've Heard that Song Before" at CHUO Radio in Ottawa. David's other passion was debating, also a lifelong pursuit. In 1957 David married Diana whom he had met at the "Wag" in Halifax. They departed immediately for Paris where David studied for his Doctorate of Jurisprudence from the Universite? de Paris. He received his JD in 1959 and joined the Department of External Affairs. David's long, distinguished and fascinating career with the Canadian foreign service spanned the years 1959 to 1994. During that time he served at Canadian Embassies in Ankara, Madrid, Prague and Moscow. He served as the Canadian Ambassador to Czechoslovakia from 1981 to 1984, and as the Canadian Ambassador and Head of Delegation to the Negotiation on Conventional Forces in Europe, and to the Negotiation on Confidence and Security-Building Measures, in Vienna from 1988-92. Also in Vienna, he served as the Ambassador of Canada to the Conference on Security and Co-operation in Europe, at the Forum for Security Co-operation from 1992-94. From 1994 until he retired in 1998, David served as the Inspector General of the Canadian Security Intelligence Service of the Department of the Solicitor General in Ottawa. Following retirement, David moved with Diana to Vancouver. There, David was on the Executive Committee of the Vancouver chapter of the Canadian Institute for International Affairs (CIIA), now the Canadian International Council (CIC). Memorial donations may be made to the Vancouver Hospice Society P.O. Box. 39094, 3695 - 10th Avenue West, Vancouver, B.C. V6R 1G0. David will be interred in Truro, Nova Scotia in a private ceremony in August.
Published in Vancouver Sun and/or The Province on Jun. 6, 2009.