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OBITUARIES

STILL WORKING THE ROOM
Remembering Jennifer Perry

17 SEP 2018: Family, friends and business associates past and current gathered Saturday to celebrate the life of a woman who lived her life with passion. Jennifer Perry was passionate about her family, her friends, her work – the term ‘workaholic’ most certainly applies – she was passionate about life. So, as we gathered with her husband Bob and daughter Lauren, to remember, to wipe away tears and to laugh at memories, there was an overwhelming sense of sadness and disbelief for a life that ended far too soon. But Jennifer Perry is also a reminder to those of us, especially in this industry that she so loved, that friendships are integral to our lives. During Jennifer’s illness, her ‘Strand Girls’ were also there to help keep her encouraged, entertained and distracted.


JENNIFER PERRY

07 SEP 2018: It is with great sadness that the Sunwing Travel Group announces the passing of Director of Product Development, Jennifer Perry. A much valued and respected member of the Sunwing family, Jennifer was instrumental in the development of the tour operator’s product portfolio across both Cuba and Mexico during her 15 years with the company. Prior to her role at Sunwing, her career spanned over 15 years in senior positions within the travel industry.


KIM YOUNG
A tribute on International Womens Day.

08 MAR 2018: International Women's Day is a perfect time to pay tribute to a woman whose passion for women's rights, whose love of life, family and friends, of all human rights, and of the two countries she called home - Australia and Bermuda - was all encompassing. Kim Young died last week. She was an example to those whom she met and touched. For me she was a friend, a mentor, and my cousin.


DOUGLAS HAMER
August 4, 1938 - February 23, 2018

01 MAR 2018: Long time travel industry professional Doug Hamer died in White Rock, BC, after a year long battle with cancer. Born in London, England, Doug worked in London for SAS and Swissair, before immigrating with his family to Toronto in 1968.

 


ESMOND BRADLEY MARTIN
US investigator of ivory and rhino horn trade killed

06 FEB 2018: Esmond Bradley Martin, a leading American investigator into the illegal ivory and rhino horn trade has been found stabbed to death in his home, Kenyan police and officials said Monday. A family member went to Martin's house on Sunday to check on him after he did not respond to phone calls and found the body on a bed with a stab wound to the neck, said Nicolas Kamwende, head of criminal investigations in the capital, Nairobi.


NHL AND CANADIAN TRAVEL INDUSTRY MOURN BRUCE HOOD

08 JAN 2018:  Bruce Hood, who refereed more than 1,100 NHL games over 21seasons, died Friday after a four-year battle with prostate cancer at the age of 81.


JOHN LANG
Founder of The Cruise People Ltd, dies In Toronto

02 JAN 2018: John Robert Lang, 75, founder of The Cruise People, Ltd in Toronto and one of the original directors of The Cruise People Ltd in London, died on Wednesday, after a short illness.

 


PAT DOHERTY DIES IN FLORIDA
Industry stalwart remembered fondly

29 MAR 2017:   Longtime travel industry executive Patrick Doherty died this week in Florida.  He had apparently been in poor health for some time and was hospitalized last week.  Doherty suffered a heart attack last Friday  and succumbed to it on Monday.
 


GONE TOO SOON
Heather Keddie

07 FEB 2017:  Heather Keddie (63) a well known and well liked veteran of this industry died on February 1 after a long and courageous battle with Cancer. Her friend Alanna McQuaid wrote that, “Heather left this world as she had lived, with dignity, kindness and grace.”


BILL MAGUIRE
Former ACTA president dies

23 MAR 2016:  William “Bill” Maguire was a well known and popular figure in the Canadian travel industry. Bill died suddenly but peacefully this weekend at home and with his wife Doris by his side.


JOEL HOLLANDER

15 MAR 2016:  A great number of travel agents owe their success, at least in part, to Joel Hollander.   Joel was a dedicated and skilled trainer and teacher, who over a period of 20 years was an instructor at The Last Minute Club and the Wholesale Travel Group, then at My Travel, Thomas Cook and TravelBrands. Joel died suddenly on Saturday.  He was just 50.


BRIAN SPEEDIE

28 JAN 2016: Longtime travel industry stalwart Brian Speedie died on Sunday January 24. He was a well known and popular executive with Conquest Vacations and at Treasure Tours before that.


REMEMBERING HEATHER QUALLY

17 AUG 2015:  To meet Heather Qually was to remember her.  It wasn’t just the attitude, the air of confidence, the height, the posture, the glamour, the level, somewhat imperious gaze, the amused hint of a smile that seemed to hide some secret that she knew and that you never would, the sudden exuberant laugh – it was all that - along with a keen intelligence, a wicked wit, and an uncanny ability to be attractive, intimidating and approachable all at the same time.


LAS VEGAS SIGN DESIGNER DIES

22 APR 2015: The woman who came up with a neon sign that has welcomed countless visitors to "fabulous Las Vegas" since 1959 has died. Betty Willis, credited with designing the "Welcome to Fabulous Las Vegas" sign, died in her Overton, Nevada, home on Sunday.  She was 91.


ONE OF THE ORIGINALS
Daryl McWilliams

11 MAR 2015:  The industry has been shocked and saddened by the untimely death yesterday of Daryl McWilliams, vice president at Sunwing, current CATO chairman, and  vice chair of the TICO Board of Directors.  He had also previously been chair of TICO’s Business Strategy Committee and served on various other TICO committees.  


AMA WATERWAYS CHAIRMAN DIES
Jimmy Murphy recognized the potential of river cruising

19 DEC 2014: Jimmy Murphy, one of the founders of AmaWaterways died yesterday. Murphy was also instrumental in the creation of the United States Tour Operators Association (USTOA). Murphy 82, had battled cancer for the past year.


BILL ORR

03 SEP 2014: Long time travel industry executive Bill Orr died suddenly over the weekend.  Bill was a veteran of tour companies including Sunquest, Paramount, Carnivale and Treasure Tours, and had been involved with various other travel related buinesses  in Canada and Mexico.  


A COURAGEOUS BATTLE LOST
Nancy Abbot succumbs to cancer

30 DEC 2013: For anyone who knew Nancy Abbott, 2013 draws to a close on a tragic note. On December 26th, Nancy succumbed to the cancer that she had faced and battled with courage, dignity and determination for so many years.


DAVID FROST DIES DURING CRUISE
Journalist and television personality suffers heart attack

03 SEP 2013: David Frost may be best remembered for his post-Watergate interviews with former President Richard Nixon, but the veteran British broadcaster was also a satirist, game show host and serious political journalist. Frost, 74, died of a heart attack on Saturday night aboard the Queen Elizabeth, where he was due to give a speech.


SIMON BALA
Former Conquest executive dies

16 APR 2013: Simon Bala died on Sunday at a Scarborough, Ontario, hospital from complications of diabetes and subsequent cardiac arrest. He was 60 years old. If the name is familiar, it should be, Bala was at Conquest when it failed and after being doggedly pursued by TICO, he was convicted last years of various trust and working capital violations.


BRUCE BISHINS
ARTA president dies

17 JAN 2013: I am shocked and saddened to report that Bruce Bishins died yesterday morning - his 62 birthday. Bruce was a strong and passionate advocate for travel agents. He pulled no punches and regardless of any resistance, he made his case exactingly, rigorously, sometimes exasperatingly, and with no heed to the opposition.


THINKING BACK
Marilyn Barker Paulsen

11 JUL 2012: Marilyn Barker Paulsen would have been 75 years old today. There would have been a party and it would have been a blast. Marilyn did nothing by half measures. Unfortunately Marilyn died just before her 70th birthday – it seems like just yesterday. I’ve been thinking of her recently, usually with a smile, and thought it appropriate to run the piece we did five years ago to honour a woman worth remembering.


INDUSTRY SHOCKED
Visit Orlando CEO dies suddenly

07 MAY 2012: Colleagues were stunned to learn of the sudden and unexpected death of Visit Orlando president and CEO Gary Sain. As chairman for the Boys & Girls Clubs of Central Florida, Sain spoke at a fundraiser for Celebrate the Children at the Orlando World Center Marriott on Friday evening. Reportedly he felt ill sometime after making the speech and walked to the lobby, where he apparently collapsed and was taken to hospital where he was pronounced dead.


TONY ABRAHAMS
Jamaica Tourism pioneer dies

17 AUG 2011: Eric Anthony Abrahams, popularly known as ‘Tony’ Jamaica’s third Director of Tourism and the first Minister of Tourism died earlier this month. He was 71.


A FOND FAREWELL
The industry pays tribute to Dennis Gill

15 NOV 2010: His family, friends, peers were all there. Former employees and old rivals - all fellow travellers in this wonderfully addictive industry that he loved, lived and played such a huge role in shaping. We gathered Saturday afternoon to say a final “Bon Voyage” to Dennis Gill. And to remember, with a smile, a man to whom integrity and decency were a way of life, not words on a mission statement.

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