Paul Dewar Bio, Wiki, Age, Wife ( Julia Sneyd), Children, Cause of Death, Cancer, Former Ottawa Centre MP
Former Ottawa Centre MP Paul Dewar dies from Cancer aged 56
Paul Dewar Bio, Wiki
Paul W. Dewar was born on 25th January 1963 and died on February 6th, 2019 aged 56. He was a Canadian educator and politician from Ottawa, Ontario. He was the New Democratic Party (NDP) Member of Parliament (MP) for the riding of Ottawa Centre.
In the 2006 Dewar was the first to be elected to the House of Commons in the federal election. He served as the Official Opposition Critic for Foreign Affairs until he left the post in October 2011 to run for the leadership of the NDP. In 2015 Dewar lost his seat during the federal election which the NDP lose all of its seats in Eastern Ontario. Before entering politics he was a teacher and where he was elected a representative of the Ottawa-Carleton Elementary Teachers’ Federation.
Paul Dewar Early Life, Education and Career
Dewar was born in Ottawa, Ontario to parents Ken Dewar and former Ottawa mayor and New Democratic Member of Parliament, Marion Dewar. At grade three, Dewar was diagnosed with dyslexia, after his teacher noticed that he was struggling to read and write. In 1985, he graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree from Carleton University in political science and economics.
Dewar embarked on a five-month trip to Nicaragua after completing his Bachelor of Arts, where he volunteered as an aid worker. Following his return to Ottawa, he began working as constituency assistant to Ontario Minister of Health and NDP Member of Provincial Parliament for Ottawa Centre, Evelyn Gigantes. Dewar served in this position from 1990 to 1995.
Dewar attained a Bachelor of Education degree from Queen’s University in 1994. He went on to work as an elementary schoolteacher at D. Roy Kennedy Public School and as an English teacher at Hopewell Avenue Public School. He was awarded A. Lorne Cassidy Award for his work with students with special needs at Queen’s University.
While working at the schools, Dewar became involved with his union, the Ottawa-Carleton Elementary Teachers’ Federation (OCETF; a local of the Elementary Teachers’ Federation of Ontario). After having served as a member of OCETF Executive and as the chair of their political action committee, he was elected Second Vice-President in 2001 and First Vice-President in 2004. During his time with the union, Dewar played a major role in reviving the OCETF’s political action committee and in establishing the Elementary Teachers’ Federation of Ontario’s Humanity Fund, which provides financial support to various charities doing work in developing countries, such as the Stephen Lewis Foundation. He took a leave of absence from his position with the OCETF in 2006 to run in that year’s federal election.
In 2002, Dewar organized a Community Forum on Public Education. He has also been actively involved with the Coalition for a Healthy Ottawa, the Partnership for a Pesticide Bylaw, the Old Ottawa East Community Association, and Fair Vote Canada, and he has served on the board of directors of the Ottawa Community Immigrant Services Organization.
Paul Dewar Wife, Children
Dewar met his wife Julia Sneyd while working NDP Member of Provincial Parliament for Ottawa. They later had two children together: Nathaniel and Jordan. Dewar was raised in a Catholic household, but he takes issue with the church’s positions on same-sex marriage, birth control, and women’s rights. He has been active with the First United Church since 2001.
Paul Dewar Death and Cause, Cancer
On February 14, 2018, Dewer underwent surgery for a brain tumour. He was subsequently diagnosed with grade 4 glioblastoma, A malignant tumour affecting the brain or spine. He was receiving complementary care from the Ottawa Integrative Cancer Centre and followed a low-carb, high-fat ketogenic diet intended to starve the cancer cells of the sugar they crave. Dewar died from his illness on February 6th, 2019 aged 56.
Devastated to learn of the passing of my friend and former colleague Paul Dewar. An incredibly decent guy and great parliamentarian and champion for Ottawa. He was caring, companionate and competent. Thinking of his family at this difficult time. @PaulDewar #CdnPoli
— John Baird (@Baird) February 6, 2019