Former Lt.-Gov. David Onley remembered at funeral as role model, family man

Onley Jan 30

Former Lt.-Gov. David Onley  who emerged as a champion of disability rights both during and after his seven-year stint as Ontario's 28th lieutenant-governor, died at age 72 on Jan. 14.   

Lt.-Gov. Elizabeth Dowdeswell is the first of many dignitaries to deliver a eulogy at Onley's funeral today, and she says above all else he was a family man.  

Onley used a motorized scooter throughout his life after contracting polio as a child and frequently drew on his lived experience when highlighting existing accessibility barriers.    

Dowdeswell says Onley was an inspiration and a role model without comparison, working every day to ensure the lieutenant-governor's office was a transformational force for good.  

Prior to becoming lieutenant-governor, Onley spent more than two decades working at Citytv.