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"McAY" 2008 Obituary


McCAY o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2008-04-19 published
BRAY, David Frederick
Peacefully, after a short illness, in St. Catherine's General Hospital, April 12, 2008, at the age of 76. David is survived by his close and loving family: his wife Marilyn (JACKSON;) daughters, Elizabeth McCAY, son-in-law Warren and Carolyn HICKS, son-in-law Murray; grandchildren, Emily and Thomas McCAY; nephew, Grant GUENTHER and niece, Georgia GUENTHER. Predeceased by his parents Frederick BRAY and Emily BRAY (DAVIS) and his sister Beverley GUENTHER (BRAY.)
David obtained his undergraduate degree from the University of Guelph, followed by an M.Sc. and a PhD in population genetics at Purdue University. In the fall of 1959 David joined the University of British Columbia as Assistant Professor of Poultry Genetics, followed by two years at the Animal Research Institute in Ottawa. In 1963 he was appointed Associate Professor of Genetics at McGill University. The remainder of his career was spent with the Federal Government in Ottawa, first with the Department of Health and Welfare and later at Statistics Canada. While Director of Health Statistics, David led the development of one of Statistics Canada's flagship publications 'Health Reports'. During this time he earned a Masters in Public Administration at Harvard University. David was also involved in the formation of the Statistical Society of Canada, of which he was elected the first President in 1978. From 1984 to 1992 David was Managing Editor of the Canadian Journal of Statistics.
After retirement from the Federal Public Service in 1991, David took on a year as Interim Director of Health Policy, Research and Evaluation at Queen's University, remaining associated with Queen's for a further three years. David and Marilyn have spent a very enjoyable retirement, living in Niagara-On-The-Lake and at the family cottage, as well as deriving pleasure from travelling during those years. Volunteer activities included membership on the Niagara Health System, Research Ethics Board. Throughout David's life with Marilyn, family was always an important source of happiness and pride. He especially enjoyed nurturing the growth of his two grandchildren, Emily and Thomas. Private family service and interment at Mount Pleasant Cemetery at a later date.
If wished, donations may be made to St. Catherine's General Hospital through the Niagara-On-The-Lake Chapel, Morgan's Funeral Home, 415 Regent Street, Niagara-On-The-Lake, L0S 1J0.

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