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Saturday December 15, 2012

David died peacefully in Collingwood with family at his side on December 8, 2012. Born in Toronto on May 15, 1925, son of Major James Emanuel and Dorothy (McLagan) Hahn, he is predeceased by twin brother Jim and son-in-law Sandy Bunten. He is survived by his loving wife Louise, sister Marian Bradshaw, son Douglas (Janet Cox), daughters Susan and Alison, and grandsons Fraser, Alexander and Adam. David went to Upper Canada College and enlisted in the army, attaining rank of Lieutenant. He graduated from U of T School of Engineering and Harvard Business School where he met Louise Curtis, to whom he was married for over sixty years. They moved to Toronto where David worked for the John Inglis Company leading to an apprenticeship in the UK with English Electric, working on the first Rolls Royce jet engine. When they returned to Toronto David pursued his business life in manufacturing and construction and began his lifelong involvement in politics and volunteerism. As a Liberal MP for Broadview riding, David participated in the adoption of the new Canadian flag, became Chair of the Defence Committee, and Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Industry during the Canada/US auto-trade pact discussions. Always the adventurer, David loved fly fishing, sailing, flying, canoe tripping, scuba and skydiving. He loved the arts particularly chamber music, the symphony, and literature. He developed a deep commitment to the stewardship of nature and when Louise and David moved to Mulmur in 1987 he maintained his own woodlot, became an apiarist, and discovered the Bruce Trail. He became Chair of the local ratepayers association, and Honorary Director of Coalition of Niagara Escarpment (CONE). Friends and neighbours would often seek his advice and political savvy on various local environmental issues. David had a rare blend of quiet courage, keen intelligence, and kindness. He loved to laugh, and his optimism was inexhaustible. We know his wide circle of friends, from all walks of life, will miss him. He had a fine life. Our thanks to the many wonderful caregivers that helped make the last two years more comfortable for David and easier for our family. The system works! A celebration to honour David's life is planned for January 26, 2013 at 2:00 at Station on the Green in Creemore. Donations to either the Bruce Trail Conservancy or the Coalition of the Niagara Escarpment (CONE) would be welcome.

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