In Celebration of

The Hon. P. Michael Pitfield P.C., O.C., C.V.O., Q.C.

June 18, 1937 -  October 19, 2017

The Hon. P. Michael Pitfield P.C., O.C., C.V.O., Q.C.

It is with great sadness that we share the news of our father's passing. Peter Michael Pitfield died peacefully in our family home on October 19, 2017 after a long and noble battle with Parkinson's disease. While we are very sad to see him go, we take comfort in knowing that he will be re-joining his beloved wife Nancy (Snow), as well as his friends and family that have gone before including his parents, Ward and Grace (MacDougall) Pitfield", and his brothers, Mary-Grace, Robert and Anthony. He is survived by his three children, Caroline (Matthew), Thomas (Anna) and Kate (Thomas), his eight grandchildren, as well as his extended family including his brother, Ward (Diana) and his sisters, Sally and China. Michael was a dear friend and mentor to many. He proudly contributed to the fabric of our country, including as Clerk of the Privy Council and as an independent Senator, as Vice-Chairman of Power Corporation and through charitable work, including as Chairman of the Ottawa Heart Institute. his loss will be deeply felt. A visitation will be held on Thursday, October 26, 2017 from 4pm to 8pm at the Mount Royal Funeral Complex, 1297 Chemin de la Foret, Outremont,(514)279-6540.
A funeral service will follow on Friday, October 27, 2017 at 11 am at St. George's Anglican Church, 1001 Avenue des Canadiens-de-Montreal, Montreal.
Our deepest gratitude to his caregivers who provided him loving comfort and support throughout his illness.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Ottawa Heart Institute, the Montreal Neurological Institute and Parkinson Canada.


C.P., O.C., CVO, c.r.

C'est avec une immense tristesse que nous annonçons que notre père, Peter Michael Pitfield, est décédé paisiblement dans notre maison familiale le 19 octobre 2017 après une longue et noble bataille contre la maladie de Parkinson.

Malgré notre tristesse de le voir partir, nous nous réconfortons à l’idée qu’il va rejoindre son épouse bien-aimée Nancy (Snow), ainsi que des amis et membres de la famille qui nous ont quitté avant lui, parmi lesquels ses parents, Ward et Grace (MacDougall) Pitfield, et ses frères et soeurs, Mary-Grace, Robert et Anthony.

Il laisse dans le deuil ses trois enfants, Caroline (Matthew), Thomas (Anna) et Kate (Thomas), ses huit petits-enfants, ainsi que sa famille élargie, y compris son frère, Ward (Diana) et ses soeurs, Sally et China.

Ami cher et mentor pour plusieurs, Michael a fièrement contribué au développement de notre pays, en tant que greffier du Conseil privé, Sénateur indépendant, vice-président du Conseil de Power Corporation et par son implication bénévole, en tant que président du Conseil de l’Institut de cardiologie d'Ottawa.

Son départ en attristera beaucoup. La famille recevra les condoléances le jeudi 26 octobre 2017 de 16h à 20h au Complexe funéraire Mont-Royal, 1297 Chemin de la Forêt, Outremont, (514) 279-6540. Les funérailles suivront le vendredi, 27 octobre 2017 à 11 heures à l’Église anglicane St. George, 1001 Avenue des Canadiens-de-Montréal, Montréal.

Notre profonde gratitude va au personnel médical qui lui a prodigué soins et réconfort tout au long de sa maladie.

En lieu et place de fleurs, les personnes qui le désirent peuvent faire un don à l’Institut de cardiologie d’Ottawa, à l’Institut neurologique de Montréal et à l’organisme Parkinson Canada.


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Debra gelber 

Entered October 22, 2017

Dear Caroline, Tom and Kate and family,

It was an honour to know your father. I wish I knew him when he was well. I enjoyed his smiles and watching his face light up with familiar music and current events. His opens opened wide last Monday when I told him phantom of the opera was playing at place des arts. I will miss him. I want to wish you my sincere condolences for your loss. Thinking of you at this difficult time.


George Thwaites (former student)

Entered October 23, 2017 from Ottawa

My condolences to the Pitfield family. Michael made a very significant contribution throughout his life, and yet it was his leadership and teaching during the Queen's EMBA program that forever made a difference in the lives of many students. He pushed us to be better and stretched our minds in new directions, and the Class of 1994 will be forever grateful. As one of his students, I am honoured to have shared life's road with him.

Charles Mackay (Pitfield Mackay)

Entered October 25, 2017 from Saint John NB

My condolence to his family.


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