Fabian Aloysius O'Dea
|4th Lieutenant Governor of Newfoundland|
March 1, 1963 – April 2, 1969
|Governor General||George Vanier
|Preceded by||Campbell Leonard Macpherson|
|Succeeded by||Ewart John Arlington Harnum|
January 20, 1918|
St. John's, NL
|Died||December 12, 2004
St. John's, NL
Fabian Aloysius O'Dea, QC (January 20, 1918 – December 12, 2004) was a lawyer and the fourth Lieutenant Governor of Newfoundland, Canada. He was the son of John V. O'Dea and May (Coady) O'Dea. In 1950 O'Dea married Constance Margaret (Peggy) Ewing. They had four children; Deborah (1951), Victoria (Viki) (1953), Stephen (1954)and Jane (1956).
In 1939 he was selected Rhodes Scholar for Newfoundland, but delayed going to Oxford in order to join the Royal Canadian Naval Volunteer Reserve, where he served as torpedo officer. In 1945 when he retired from the reserve he attended Oxford for a BCL degree and was admitted to the English Bar at the Inner Temple in 1948.
In 1949 O'Dea was made honorary aide-de-camp to the Governor General of Canada. From 1949 to 1961 he was aide-de-camp to the Lieutenant Governor of Newfoundland and Labrador. In 1963 O'Dea became Lieutenant Governor of Newfoundland and Labrador and a QC.
O'Dea was a member of the Board of Regents for MUN, Vice-President for Newfoundland at the Canadian Bar Association and a member of the Canadian Rhodes Scholarship selection committee. Fabian O'Dea was also a collector of sixteenth to eighteenth century maps of Newfoundland and Labrador.
Awards and honours
- 1963 Knight of Grace of St. John of Jerusalem
- 1969 LL.D by Memorial University of Newfoundland
- 1988 Knight of Malta[dubious ]
- 1990 Knight of Justice of St. John of Jerusalem
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