City of Pickering Recognizes the Passing of David Onley

Posted on Monday January 16, 2023

Pickering, ON, January 15, 2023 – The Mayor and Members of Council of the City of Pickering express their deepest sorrow on the passing of former Ontario Lieutenant Governor, David Onley.  All flags at City of Pickering facilities will be flown at half-mast to recognize his passing.


“It is with heavy hearts that we mourn the loss of an inspirational leader, ground breaking public servant, and a great man.  Our community has lost a true champion who was renowned for his intelligence and dignity as well as his unwavering commitment to accessibility.

His dedication to making our community a more inclusive and equitable place for all will be deeply missed.  His contributions have left an indelible mark, and his legacy will live on through the countless lives he touched and the policies he helped to shape.

We have a collective obligation to honour his memory by continuing to strive for a kinder, better, and more accessible community for all.”

Kevin Ashe


As the gateway to the east GTA, Pickering (population 94,000) is strategically located where Toronto, York and Durham Regions meet. An award-winning municipality, Pickering is slated for significant economic and residential growth; offering an unparalleled quality of life for those who live, work, and play here. Its dynamic City Centre has been designated by the Province of Ontario as both an Urban Growth Centre and Mobility Hub, and continues to evolve as a preferred destination for creative learning, memorable events, and unique experiences at the heart of a vibrant, connected, and engaged community.

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