It is with deep sorrow that we announce the passing of David Onley, Ontario’s 28th lieutenant-governor from 2007-2014. He played an instrumental role in shaping our province, advocating for those living with disabilities and making history at every turn. Let us take a moment to look back at his life and immense contributions. We honour and remember him with admiration and respect – may his memory live on in the history of our province.
Keep reading to know more about David Onley, including his cause of death, how did he die, who was he and much more.
Who was David Onley?
On june 12, 1950 David C. Onley was born in Midland Ontario and later moved to West Hill on Orchard Park Drive in Scarborough, which is now a part of Toronto. He earned both Political Science & Economics degree and an MBA from University of Toronto, leaving his mark on the prestigious university before moving on to have a career in television broadcasting, closely followed by public service within the province of Ontario. Throughout his life he served himself and others with great ambition and determination – qualities that remain to be admired today.
A diverse career path led David C. Onley to his position as lieutenant–governor for Ontario in 2007. Starting out at Citytv from 1979 until 1986 and then moving on to Rogers Cable 10, Onley projected a distinct attitude of dedication and service throughout his lengthy career. Once appointed as lieutenant–governor he was driven to advocate for the rights of those living with disabilities across the board, starting initiatives such as “Accessibility is Everyone’s Business” and pushing for life-improving legislation. The Harvard Kennedy School of Government alum proved himself an integral part of Ontarian society during his tenure – one that will be remembered fondly among those whose lives he improved during his term as lieutenant–governor.
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How did David Onley die? What was the cause of his death?
David C. Onley, Ontario’s 28th lieutenant-governor and a giant of the disability rights movement has sadly passed away at 72 due to complications from surgery. In late 2019, he received a devastating diagnosis with a brain tumour measuring an orange in size, but following its successful removal he continued facing health issues requiring regular rest periods until his passing on January 14th 2023. His loss marks the closing of a vital chapter in Canadian activism for disability rights and exposes us to an inconvenient reality that not even those who have led inspirational lives are immune to life’s fragility.
Mr Onley was admired by friends and critics alike as someone who achieved greatness in spite of adversity and inspired hundreds of thousands of disabled people across the country during his lifetime through his leadership, courage and fierce advocacy. Let his memory be remembered kindly as we hope that from this unfortunate event emerges a new generation ready to honor Mr Onley’s legacy no matter what challenges lie ahead.
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David Onley Obituary
David C. Onley’s legacy is remarkable and will not be forgotten. His commitment to improving accessibility and advocating for the disabled was inspiring. During this difficult time, we send our condolences to everyone impacted by his loss. David led a meaningful life — may he rest in peace. He will be greatly missed.
Tributes Pours To David Onley Death
Shocked about the loss of an old friend. We worked the streets as reporters – neighbours in Scarborough – later David graciously included me in UofT convocation speech when I went back to finish my degree. Just a lovely man. RIP David Onley pic.twitter.com/7ML0stmfFa— Tom Hayes (@TomHayesNews) January 15, 2023