I offer deeply felt condolences at the loss of David on behalf of Queen's School of Policy Studies, our faculty, staff and generations of students, many of whom have communicated with me about David. David played a very significant role here and his contributions will be felt, and missed, for years to come. On a personal note, he was always so quietly helpful to me in unfamiliar territory; I imagine he was also to so many who led this country. His legacy is profound.
David Walker MD, Stauffer-Dunning Chair and Executive Director, Queen's School of Policy Studies
David était un chic et grand monsieur et une source d'inspiration pour ses collègues.
Toutes mes sympathies à sa compagne et à la famille.
So very sorry to hear this news. I first met David and Pat while in the Permanent Delegation of Canada to the OECD, and we later had offices in proximity in Langevin block, where our paths also crossed on particular PCO files. A man dedicated to public service, sensitive to people around him, observant of both events and dynamics around him, and above all, one of the kindest people one could ever meet. I remember both lots of laughs and lots of earnest discussions, and I learned a lot from him. David was someone who did what he could to let others shine. It's no surprise to me that he found another vocation in teaching public policy. To me, David cared a lot about passing on what he knew and helping people be what they could be. My condolences Pat, and to family and friends.
David Elder was a prince of a man, and a gift to public servants and the public service in general. He was generous with his time and tremendous experience to newly arrived PCO staff such as myself in the 1990s, and he was just so much fun to talk to. We discovered a mutual love of baseball, and my husband and I always looked for David at early Ottawa Lynx games, assiduously filling out box scores. Always a friendly wave and greeting on those rare occasions that I saw him after moving on from the PCO. My sympathies to David's family and friends.
Please accept my sincere condolences for your loss.
I worked with David in the Privy Council Office and admired his wit and his breadth of knowledge. He was a dedicated civil servant, had a deep respect for our institutions. David was also very articulate and urbane, and we often had spirited exchanges of ideas and views.
I know he will be missed by many.