It is with a heavy heart that we announce the passing of David Onley, who served as Ontario’s 28th lieutenant-governor from 2007 to 2014, he was an advocate for those living with disabilities and an integral part of the province’s history. Let us take some time to look back at his life and accomplishments. Keep reading to know more about this article.
How did David Onley die? What was the cause of his death?
David C. Onley, Ontario’s 28th lieutenant-governor and celebrated disability rights advocate, has passed away at the age of 72 from complications from surgery. In late 2019 Mr Onley was rushed to emergency after a brain scan revealed that he had a tumour the size of an orange at the front of his brain. Unfortunately, despite successful removal of the growth, Mr Onley continued to face health complications which caused regular rest periods to be necessary over the following months before his passing on January 14th 2023. His death marks the loss of an inspirational figure whose legacy will continue to be remembered for many years to come.
Who was David Onley?
David C. Onley was born on June 12, 1950 in Midland Ontario, later moving to West Hill on Orchard Park Drive in Scarborough, part of Toronto today. He graduated from the University of Toronto with a degree in Political Science and Economics, as well as a Masters Degree in Business Administration (MBA).
He also attended Harvard Kennedy School of Government.Onley’s career path began by working for Citytv from 1979 until 1986 when he moved to Rogers Cable 10 television station where he worked for 11 years before being appointed to the position of lieutenant–governor for Ontario in 2007. During his term as lieutenant–governor he served as an advocate for people living with disabilities, starting initiatives such as “Accessibility is Everyone’s Business” and helping pass legislation that improved accessibility across the province. David C. Onley was highly respected by Ontarians during his term as lieutenant–governor , and will be remembered fondly by many people throughout the province who were touched by his legacy. He is survived by his wife Ruth Ann whom he married in 1975, and their three sons Jonathan , Robert ,and Michael .
David Onley Obituary
David C. Onley left an incredible legacy behind him during his time here on earth; one that will continue to live on through all those who were touched by his work or inspired by his story. Our thoughts are with all those affected by this loss during this difficult time; may they find peace knowing David led a full life dedicated to improving accessibility across Ontario and advocating for people living with disabilities everywhere. Rest In Peace David C. Onley — you will be missed dearly but never forgotten!
Tributes Pours To David Onley Death
Bonnie Crombie 🇨🇦@BonnieCrombie
Saddened to learn of the passing of David Onley, a great man whose career as a fierce accessibility advocate, celebrated journalist, and dedicated public servant improved the lives of so many. My deepest condolences to the Onley family.
David Onley was a giant among men and his legacy will live on forever. His work to raise awareness and solutions for accessibilty changed Ontario forever. It’s up to us to carry forth his human rights work. My thoughts are with his family & friends. #RIP