Former Ottawa Centre MP Paul Dewar died yesterday at the age of 56, a year after being diagnosed with terminal brain cancer – a battle he fought with bravery and with candid openness, even leaving a touching deathbed message of gratitude and hope. “The time has come for me to say goodbye,” the former Ottawa Centre MP said in a final Facebook message posted just after 6 PM on Wednesday evening.
Paul was diagnosed with Stage 4 glioblastoma in February 2018. it’s the same aggressive form of brain cancer that took the life of Tragically Hip frontman Gord Downie in 2017. Paul Dewar leaves behind his wife of 25 years, Julia, and two sons, Nathaniel and Jordan, who were all with him when he died just after 5 a.m. The outpouring of grief was immediate, widespread and tearful. Paul Dewar was a one-time pillar of the New Democratic Party, a member of one of Ottawa’s best-known political families, and beloved in many circles.
In a spontaneous show of respect, Paul Dewar election signs are popping up on Ottawa lawns. “Paul Dewar lives on in our hearts,” tweeted Stephen Skoutajan. “To Julia, Jordan and Nathaniel – Paul lives on within all of us who knew and loved him. Thank you for sharing him with us all these years.”
“One last time,” tweeted Kevin Dorse of the orange sign planted on his lawn. “Thank you, Paul Dewar.”
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