List of Prime Ministers of Canada by date of death

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This is a complete list of Canadian Prime Ministers by date of death. As of November 2015, there are seven living former Prime Ministers (John Turner, Jean Chrétien, Paul Martin, Brian Mulroney, Joe Clark, Kim Campbell and Stephen Harper, in order from oldest to youngest), as well as the incumbent Prime Minister Justin Trudeau.

Order of Death Name Date of
Order of Office Cause of death Age at Death Place of death
Place of burial
1 John A. Macdonald June 6, 1891 1 Stroke 76 Ottawa, Ontario
Cataraqui Cemetery, Kingston, Ontario
2 Alexander Mackenzie April 17, 1892 2 Stroke from a fall hitting his head 70 Toronto, Ontario
Lakeview Cemetery Sarnia, Ontario
3 John Abbott October 30, 1893 3 Brain cancer 72 Montreal, Quebec
Mount Royal Cemetery, Montreal, Quebec
4 John Thompson December 12, 1894 4 heart attack 49 Windsor Castle, England
Holy Cross Cemetery, Halifax, Nova Scotia
5 Charles Tupper October 30, 1915 6 Heart failure 94 Bexleyheath, Kent, England
St. John's Cemetery, Halifax, Nova Scotia.
6 Mackenzie Bowell December 10, 1917 5 Pneumonia 93 Belleville, Ontario
Belleville Cemetery, Belleville, Ontario
7 Wilfrid Laurier February 17, 1919 7 Stroke 77 Ottawa, Ontario
Notre Dame Cemetery, Ottawa, Ontario
8 Robert Borden June 10, 1937 8 Heart failure 82 Ottawa, Ontario
Beechwood Cemetery, Ottawa, Ontario
9 R. B. Bennett June 26, 1947 11 Heart attack while taking a bath 76 Mickleham, England
St. Michael's Churchyard, Mickleham, England
10 W. L. Mackenzie King July 22, 1950 10 Pneumonia 75 Chelsea, Quebec
Mount Pleasant Cemetery, Toronto
11 Arthur Meighen August 5, 1960 9 Heart failure 86 Toronto, Ontario
St. Marys Cemetery, St. Marys, Ontario
12 Lester B. Pearson December 27, 1972 14 Cancer 75 Ottawa, Ontario
MacLaren Cemetery, Wakefield, Quebec
13 Louis St. Laurent July 25, 1973 12 Heart failure 91 Quebec City, Quebec
St. Thomas Aquinas Cemetery, Compton, Quebec
14 John Diefenbaker August 16, 1979 13 Heart attack 83 Ottawa, Ontario
Diefenbaker Centre, University of Saskatchewan
15 Pierre Trudeau September 28, 2000 15 Parkinson's disease and prostate cancer 80 Montreal, Quebec
St-Remi-de-Napierville Cemetery, Saint-Rémi, Quebec

Date of Death by Day in Calendar Year[edit]

Order Prime Minister Date of Death Zodiac sign
1 Wilfrid Laurier February 17 Aquarius Aquarius
2 Alexander Mackenzie April 17 Aries Aries
3 John A. Macdonald June 6 Gemini Gemini
4 Robert Borden June 10
5 R.B. Bennett June 26 Cancer Cancer
6 W.L. Mackenzie King July 22
7 Louis St. Laurent July 25 Leo Leo
8 Arthur Meighen August 5
9 John Diefenbaker August 16
10 Pierre Trudeau September 28 Libra Libra
11/12 John Abbott October 30 Scorpio Scorpio
Charles Tupper
13 Mackenzie Bowell December 10 Sagittarius Sagittarius
14 John Thompson December 12
15 Lester B. Pearson December 27 Capricorn Capricornus

Number of deaths by century[edit]

19th century 
4 (first John A. Macdonald; last John Thompson)
20th century 
11 (first Charles Tupper; last Pierre Trudeau)


  • John A. Macdonald and John Thompson were the only Prime Ministers to die in office.
  • Three Prime Ministers have died outside of Canada, all in Britain.
  • Richard Bennett is the only PM to die and be buried outside of Canada.
  • There has never been a year in which more than one Prime Minister has died.
  • The closest time between the death of two Prime Ministers is the 210 days between the death of Lester B. Pearson on December 27, 1972, and Louis St. Laurent on July 25, 1973.
  • The longest time between the death of two Prime Ministers is the 21 years and 43 days between the death of John Diefenbaker on August 16, 1979, and Pierre Trudeau on September 28, 2000.
  • Only one day - October 30 - is the death day of more than one Prime Minister. John Abbott died October 30, 1893, and Charles Tupper died October 30, 1915.
  • Wilfrid Laurier died earliest in the calendar year, on February 17, 1919. Lester B. Pearson died latest in the calendar year, on December 27, 1972.
  • June and December have the largest amount of Prime Minister's death dates, with 3 each.
  • Between the deaths of John A. Macdonald in 1891 and Pierre Trudeau in 2000, a Prime Minister has died in every decade except for the 1900s, 1920s, 1980s and 1990s.