Keith Douglas Davey
|Senator for York, Ontario|
February 24, 1966 – July 1, 1996
|Appointed by||Lester B. Pearson|
|Born||April 21, 1926|
Toronto, Ontario, Canada
|Died||January 17, 2011 (aged 84)|
Toronto, Ontario, Canada
|Spouse(s)||Catherine Isobel Hart (m. 1952 – c. 1975; marriage dissolved)|
Dorothy Elizabeth Petrie (m. 1978 – d. 2011; his death)
|Children||Douglas, Ian, Catherine|
|Alma mater||University of Toronto|
|Committees||Chairman, Special Committee on Mass Media (1969–1970)|
Chairman, Special Committee on Mass Public Communication in Canada (1968–1969)
Family, early life and education
Born in Toronto, Ontario to Charles Minto Davey (Toronto Star Production Manager) and Grace Viola (née Curtis), Keith Davey attended high school at North Toronto Collegiate Institute. Davey graduated with a BA from the University of Toronto in 1949.
Davey became a political organizer for the Liberal Party at the constituency level in Toronto in his early 20s, and joined the Executive of the Ontario Young Liberals in the 1950s, along with Judy LaMarsh (later a federal cabinet minister). In 1960 he became a campaign manager for his home riding of Eglinton.
Davey was appointed National Campaign Director of the Liberal Party of Canada in 1961. He directed the Liberal campaigns in 1962, 1963 and 1965. Commuting regularly between homes in Ottawa and Toronto, Davey played important roles in every federal Liberal campaign up to and including 1984, serving Prime Ministers Lester Pearson, Pierre Trudeau, and John Turner. These elections were held in 1968, 1972, 1974, 1979, 1980, and 1984.
In 1966, Davey served briefly as the second commissioner of the Canadian Football League, resigning after less than two months on the job, due to stated incompatibility with many leading league figures.
Appointed to Senate
He was made an Officer of the Order of Canada in 1999.
In 1986, Davey published a political memoir, The Rainmaker: a Passion for Politics.
He married Catherine Isobel Hart in 1952; they had three children, Douglas, Ian and Catherine. The union was dissolved around 1975. He remarried to Dorothy Elizabeth Petrie in 1978.
Davey died on January 17, 2011, aged 84, at Belmont House in Toronto. He had been suffering from Alzheimer's disease. He was survived by his second wife, and his three children from his first marriage.
- The Rainmaker: A Passion for Politics, by Keith Davey, Stoddart, Toronto, 1986
- The Rainmaker: A Passion for Politics, by Keith Davey, 1986, Stoddart, Toronto
- Notice of Keith Davey's death
- Obituary for Keith Davey
- Keith Davey profile at The Canadian Encyclopedia
- Keith Davey – Parliament of Canada biography
- The Keith Davey Collection at the Victoria University Library at the University of Toronto
| Canadian Football League commissioner