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OBITUARIES

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.


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.


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.


A PIONEER
Dennis Gill was one of the originals

09 NOV 2010: Dennis Gill, one of the founding fathers of this industry, died on Saturday. I knew and worked with Dennis for many years, and have always had an abundance of respect and affection for him as a businessman, a colleague and as a human being.


SKAL SHOCKED
Secretary General Jim Power dies suddenly

15 JUN 2010: Sk�l International secretary general, Jim Power, died unexpectedly at his home in Torremolinos, Spain, on Saturday. Power was recently in Frankfurt for the IMEX and in Sydney on June 9, to attend the golden anniversary luncheon of Sk�l International. He was one of the industry’s highly-regarded individuals and was frequently seen at industry events such as the ITB in Berlin and World Travel Market in London, as well as many of Sk�l’s global events


NEIL WINTER
They don’t come any better – or any nicer

Neil Cooper Winter was born in Gillingham, Kent England on November 3, 1935. He started his Travel Career in 1957 when he joined University Tours Ltd after emigrating from Ireland. Later he was vice president of International Sales for Holiday Inn Canada.

 


MARK SALTER
A truly good guy

24 JAN 2008:  Being universally admired as a ‘nice guy’ is a very real compliment.  And Mark Salter epitomised the term and truly deserved the moniker.  Mark died on Tuesday - suddenly, stunningly - and way too soon.  His death shocked the travel industry he had been a part of for so long. As word spread amongst his friends, associates and colleagues, the tributes, while shocked and saddened, were very similar.

 


A LIFE WELL LIVED
Marilyn Barker Paulsen July 11,1937 - June 19, 2007

19 JUN 2007: Marilyn Barker Paulson.  If you are a woman executive in this industry – or if you aspire to be one – chances are your road to success was made just a little easier by a very special woman who died Tuesday afternoon. 

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