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In memoriam
June 12, 2023

Dr. Peter D. Davison

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Born Dec. 7, 1945 in Belfast, Northern Ireland, Dr. Peter Diarmuid Davison died peacefully on June 12, 2023 at Elizabeth Bruyère Hospital at the age of 78. He is survived by his wife Judy, his five children, Natalie, Jenny, Chris, Paul, and Anthony, and five grandchildren, Nate, Emery, Lexie, Keely and Alanna.

Educated at Campbell College and Queen's University in Belfast, Peter first practised medicine at the American Hospital of Paris, France, then at the Canadian Armed Forces base in Lahr, Germany, before immigrating to Canada in 1974.

As a teenager in Ireland, he excelled in rugby and track and field; as an adult in Canada, he quickly fell in love with road and indoor track cycling. He was the lead organizer for several international cycling competitions as the racing director for the Ottawa Bicycle Club, and in later years he became involved in elite-level paddling (canoe and kayak), eventually serving as the vice commodore for the Rideau Canoe Club.

He shared his passion for competitive sport with his children, who went on to win many provincial and national titles in canoe, kayak and badminton.

A trained pilot, he was a respected civil aviation medical examiner for most of his career. But foremost, Dr. Davison was a family physician for more than 50 years, beloved by countless patients and their families spanning multiple generations.

A celebration of life event in the Ottawa area will be held in the coming months. For more information, please email