Dana Phillip Doiron
  • 70 years old
  • Date of birth: Nov 5, 1945
  • Place of birth:
    Ottawa, Ontario, Canada
  • Date of passing: Mar 8, 2016
  • Place of passing:
    Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada

 Friends, family and colleagues are invited to a casual, summer-evening celebration of the life of Dana Phillip Doiron.

 July 25th, 2016

7:00 – 8:30 PM

Atlantica Oak Island Resort

36 Treasure Drive

Western Shore, NS 

Join us for drinks, snacks and remembrances on the patio (weather permitting), followed by a short optional walk to scatter ashes on a nearby family property.

Memorial Tributes
This tribute was added by Brian Flinn on 24th July 2016

"Not a week goes by that I don't wish I could get Dana's perspective on one issue or another. He was an insightful and caring member of our community who did a great deal to support our democracy. I want to tell you that our frequent conversations usually turned to family. He loved nothing better than to talk about all his children. You were always on his mind."

This tribute was added by Don Mills on 18th July 2016


Dana was one of my favourite people. I enjoyed his sense of humour, his quick wit and most of all his positive outlook on life. He will be missed by his family and his many friends.


This tribute was added by Kaitlyn Watson on 11th July 2016

"It's still a shock to see Dana's photo and realize he is no longer here. He was a central part of our family so when we gather to celebrate, I still expect him at the door. Dana was always very generous. I never felt that I was able to thank him enough for all the help he had given me with job and school applications. These applications led me to a number of amazing opportunities.

At my wedding, Dana gave me a number of wine glasses (different shapes for red and white wines - he did know his stuff!). Now, every time I get them out for a celebration, I think of him, and in that way he continues to be part of our family get-togethers.

Lots of love to Nancy, Sam, Ali and Gen. I think of you all often and am here whenever you need another set of hands."

This tribute was added by Michael Dunn on 4th July 2016

"When I was finishing PR school in 1994, Dana somehow became my career mentor, gave great advice, and set me up with important meetings in Toronto that lead to my first full-time agency job with Langdon Starr (now part of Ketchum PR). That set me up for a great career and life. Thank you Dana. I'll miss you."

This tribute was added by Jacqueline Van Amburg on 4th July 2016

"Dana was always generous and giving. He was greatly admired for his intellect and kindness and will be deeply missed by many. My thoughts and prayers continue to be with you."

This tribute was added by Dawn Farquharson on 26th March 2016

"Nancy, Carol Sutton just told us about the passing of Dana.  I am so sorry to hear of your loss.  Mom and Dad always spoke so highly of Dana.  Our prayers are with you  and the kids.  Love, Dawn Marie, Frank and Marie."

This tribute was added by Kathryn Penny on 23rd March 2016

"Dear Nancy and family - what sad news to read from afar.  I learned so much from Dana about strategy and public relations during our years together at Shandwick - and I also learned some important life skills about taking the time to have a laugh and not to take some things too seriously. I know many people have commented on how smart Dana was - how very true!  I was in awe of how quickly he could assess and respond to a complex client situation.  He was creative, had a great wit, and he had presence. I know how heartbreaking it must be to lose him and how hard for you and your sweet kids.  Thinking of you all.
Kathryn London (Penny)"

This tribute was added by Vicky O'Halloran on 22nd March 2016

"I enjoyed many conversations with Dana in the lunchroom, which inevitability ended up with us discussing each other’s children in some way. It was very apparent in the way Dana spoke about his children that he loved them deeply, and was an exceptionally proud father. I will miss his sage advice.

May your happy memories provide you comfort now, and throughout all of your days to come."

This tribute was added by Allison Lawlor on 22nd March 2016

"To Nancy:
I met Dana when I was being interviewed for a returning officer position. Immediately I was struck by his warm smile and his openness. He seemed genuinely interested in me and genuinely interested in the people and the world around him.
I am so sorry for your loss. Best regards, Allison"

This tribute was added by Rhia Davidson on 21st March 2016

"Nancy, Sam, Gen & Ali,
Sending heartfelt sympathy and our loving thoughts as we remember Dana with fondness and warm friendship.  Our Waldorf years were few but the connection created with you and with him, so memorable. He was a special person with a beautiful family, who will remain close in our hearts and in our thoughts. He will be missed... but remembered forever. Sending our love...and sincere sympathy."

This tribute was added by Erin Watson on 20th March 2016

"Some people stand out. I remember the very first time I met Dana despite not quite being a teenager myself. Wow that was along ago. Dana, despite my age, always made me feel like an equal. He valued intelligence and wit yet was so kindhearted. I remember having debates and intellectual conversations with him and even if I truly didn't know what I was talking about, he made me feel smart. Accomplished. Interesting. I always enjoyed and looked forward to speaking with Dana at our family gatherings, even though sometimes i got caught as the subject of his wit :) I am devastated to hear of his passing and even more so because of the beautiful - intelligent, amazing, accomplished - children he has left here with us still. I think his spark will forever be with them. Rest peacefully, Dana."

This tribute was added by Kelly Murphy on 18th March 2016

"Dear Nancy,Sam, Ali and Gen,
When Mom called me last week and told me that Dana had unexpectedly passed, I was in complete shock.  I have tried to think of the right words to say to you to comfort you, but came up empty-handed.   Just know that we are thinking of you and hope that you find some comfort in knowing that our love goes out to you.  If you need to talk please email me.   I can't be there in the physical sense being out west and all, but I'm a great listener.  Dana wa always smiling and happy.   I will always remember him.  I lived coming to visit you two and the girls at your house!!!  Take care of yourselves and know that we are thinking of you and sending you lots of love and prayers.  Kelly and Kevin Murphy
and E as well.  xoxo"

This tribute was added by Nancy M Watson on 17th March 2016

"Dear Nancy,
Earlier today my sister Gill came across Dana's obituary. We are so sorry and would like to extend our sympathy to you and the children.
With our love and best wishes,
Lib, Arnaud and the Sircoms"

This tribute was added by Nancy M Watson on 17th March 2016

"Hi Nancy.

I ran into Michele McKinnon this afternoon and she told me the shocking news about Dana.

I am so very, very sorry to hear of his passing.  I certainly didn’t know him well but what I knew, I liked, and he was such a strong, vital presence I could scarcely believe what I was hearing.

This must be an absolutely horrible, surreal time for you and your kids, Nancy.

Please accept my most heart-felt sympathies.  (I would be phoning but Michele said that you are off for the week.)


This tribute was added by Nancy M Watson on 17th March 2016

"Dear Nancy,
I have been thinking of you so much in the last days since we emailed. I hope you all are finding a way to cope.  Please let me know if you need anything, I would do my best. Please let Sam, Gen and Ali know that I am thinking of them every day and hope they are ok. It is so hard to know what to say except I send you my love and wish I could take aay the pain I know you are all feeling.
Love Donna"

This tribute was added by Donna Himmelman on 17th March 2016

"Dear Nancy, Sam, Gen and Ali,
As you know my respect and love for Dana was huge. I imagine as huge as his heart. Dana was assuredly the smartest man I ever knew and he was still humble. As sad as I am at his passing I am joyful for the years he(and all of you) played such a large part in my life. I will never forget him ."

This tribute was added by John Shaw on 16th March 2016

"Dana was a pleasure to work with.  Whenever I had reason to call him I knew I would leave with a smile on my face, an answer to my request or assurances he would get back to me with the correct answer, which he always did expeditiously.  Whenever he thought I was not correct he managed to get the message across pointedly but diplomatically.  In the middle of an election when everyone was quite busy Dana always managed to get in a personal comment to let you know he was a concerned about the person and not just the position.  If I made a suggestion to Dana he always got back to let me know what had been done and with thanks for my input.  When I told my wife that Dana had died her response was: “He was such a nice person”.  He was that, had a broad knowledge, a dry wit, calming in a storm, dedicated and a hard worker.  My sympathy to his family on your loss.  I will remember Dana and his family in my prayers.
John Shaw"

This tribute was added by Heather Sutton on 16th March 2016

"Dear Nancy,
I'm so very sorry for your loss. This is a very sad time. Please know that I send my love your way, to you , your children, and your family , and that you all are in my thoughts and prayers. God bless you."

This tribute was added by Nancy M Watson on 16th March 2016

"Miriam Lapp, Assistant Director, Outreach and Research, Elections Canada
This is a very sad loss. Please accept my condolences to you and your colleagues. ‎I always enjoyed working with Dana. He was a very good man.


Tracey Taweel, Associate Deputy Minister, Communications Nova Scotia
I am so sorry for your loss.  I know Dana played a key role in your organization but clearly, based on our chat the other day, was more importantly a friend.  Please accept my sincere condolences.

Neil Ferguson,  Chief Clerk, House of Assembly, Office of the Speaker
Hello Rick,
Just wanted to convey how saddened I was to learn of Dana’s passing.  He was always a gentleman and great to deal with.  We will miss him and I am sure it is a terrible shock to you and all your team.
Best wishes,

Gary B. McLeod, Chief Electoral Officer, Elections PEI
Hi Sheetal.   Please pass on our condolences to Richard and everyone at Elections NS for this loss.  I know he was a big part of your staff and will be missed.  Our thought and prayers are with you and with his family.  Thanks for letting us know.


Sandy Kusugak, Chief Electoral Officer, Elections Nunavut

I really can't believe it. He looked strong and healthy when I saw him in October for the federal election - not like someone who would succumb to the flu.
Thanks for letting us know.
How terrible for his family.
Sandy Kusugak
Chief Electoral Officer

Paul Harpelle, Elections NB

Hello Sandi,
I am writing to express my deepest sympathies for the loss of your co-worker Dana.
During the 2013 elections, as a member of the audit team, I got a chance to finally meet Dana and learn more about him.  We had some great phone conversations since then, and Dana was always more than willing to offer his sage counsel when I came calling looking for his feedback.

This tribute was added by Miriam Lapp on 16th March 2016

"I was very shocked and saddened to learn of Dana's passing. He was a kind man and very helpful colleague. I especially remember the help he provided to us (Elections Canada Outreach) as we planned our first "Inspire Democracy" youth engagement workshop in Halifax two years ago. Not only did Dana share great advice and contacts, he came out and participated actively in the workshop along with the youth and community representatives. He will be greatly missed in the wider Canadian election community."

This tribute was added by Callee Luddington on 16th March 2016

"I was so saddened to learn of Dana's passing. All my condolences and prayers to his family and friends. He was a genuinely sweet man.  I was only able to work with Dana a short while with Elections Nova Scotia, he was always so sincere, and talked so much about his children. I am so sorry for this loss."

This tribute was added by Nancy M Watson on 15th March 2016

"Dear Nancy,

I was shocked and saddened, as so many were, to hear of the passing of your former husband. It must have been such a shock for you and your children. My heart goes out to all of you at this time.

Nothing can prepare us for something like this.... a Buddhist friend has, more than once, reminded me of the teaching, "Death comes without warning". Perhaps your Windhorse weekend left you raw and open to that possibility. I hope it helped in some way, if for no other reason, than to know you have more love and support around you.

You will have so much to deal with; please let me know if I can help in any way.

With love,
Patricia (Graham)"

This tribute was added by Nancy M Watson on 12th March 2016

"Subject: Condolences Received

Hello Everyone,
I have compiled the condolences received by Rick and ENS below.

Mary Ellen Tingley-MacLean – Managing HR Business Partner, Public Service Commission

Hi Rick,

I heard the awful news last night about Dana. I am so sorry for your teams loss.


Amie Foster - A/Manager, Communications, Elections BC

Hi, Richard:

I was scheduled to meet with Dana by phone this morning, and when I called, I received the terrible news. My condolences to you and your team at this difficult time



Tina Hall

Hi Rick,

We are all going to miss Dana’s presence for quite some time. Though I have not been in the office much as of late and have only been advising ENS for a short time, I have come to appreciate the comradery shared amongst everyone at ENS.


Parker Donham parker@donham.ca

I'm sorry to hear this, Richard. Thank you for letting me know.

Take care,


Susan Hayes shayes@stewartmckelvey.com (Former Election Commission Member)

Dear Rick,

Thank you for sending along the letter today advising me of Dana’s sudden passing.
To say it came as a shock would be an understatement.

He was such a jovial personality and I would often see him walking to the office, Tim’s in hand, on my way to work. I shall miss that.

I appreciate you thinking to let me know. Please know that I am thinking of you and all your colleagues at Elections Nova Scotia who are undoubtedly devastated by his untimely passing.

Kind regards,

Jim David jim.david@pcparty.ns.ca (NS PC Party – Provincial Director)

My sincere condolences on the passing of your friend and colleague Dana.

I was so shocked to read this in All Nova Scotia last evening.
My thoughts are with all of you.

Take Care,  

Jim David

Darryl Eisan deisan@dal.ca (Former ENS Consultant)

Dear Richard and Peter,

Please accept my sincerest condolences on Dana's passing.

My thoughts and prayers are with Dana's family and all of the staff at Elections Nova Scotia.


Vince MacLean – Election Commission Chair

Sorry to hear. Thanks Vince

Susan Dodd susan.dodd@ukings.ca (Former Election Commission Member)
Thank you for letting me know.


Susan D

Keith Bain – Election Commission Member

Wow....what a shocker. Sympathy and prayers to his family and all of you in the office.


Hon. Jeffrey R. Hunt (Former Election Commission Member)

Please thank Rick for his thoughtfulness in sharing this.  Extremely sad sad news.  

A truly terrible time for his family and all his colleagues at ENS.


J. Hunt

Chris MacInnes – Election Commission Member

Oh my that is terrible news. I'm shocked.
My sincere sympathies to all of you on the sudden loss of a colleague and friend.
Thank you for sharing this news.


David Bell - A/Director, Client Services, Internal Services

I’m sorry for your loss. I had dealings with Dana in the past in a previous job and he was a fine person."

This tribute was added by Nancy M Watson on 12th March 2016

"Dear Nancy,

Please accept my sincerest condolences on Dana's passing.

Dana and I had grown close over the past few years and I will really miss our chats about NS politics.

Warmest regards to you and his children,

Darryl Eisan"

This tribute was added by Nancy M Watson on 12th March 2016

"Dear Nancy,  
Gram remembers Dana coming to the house and 'what a gentleman' he was. I remembered how much he enjoyed doing things with the kids, and I knew when I first saw the treehouse up the back hill that you were real family people..Even the antics of the family cats and our cat Lucky brought a smile to his face.  He called it Lucky's harem (even if he was fixed)! We will be thinking of you all.
With love,
The Nickersons."

This tribute was added by Nancy M Watson on 12th March 2016

You and Dana were a wonderful couple. I have many happy memories of you both from my time at CCL. I am one of his legion of friends who are sad at his passing.

This tribute was added by Nancy M Watson on 12th March 2016

"I was shocked and saddened to learn of Dana’s passing this week. I am so sorry for your loss, and want you to know you and your children are in my thoughts and prayers.

Though I hadn’t seen Dana in many years, I have very fond memories of the many years we worked together, and the great chats we enjoyed – often over the occasional glass of wine or single malt! Dana’s keen mind, his enthusiasm for life, and his love of a good conversation on a really juicy topic were just a few of the many qualities I treasured in him, and the time we spent together. He made an enormous contribution to everything he touched and I can only imagine the richness of the life you enjoyed together.

I wish you much love and kindness as you celebrate his life, and his love. I hope your memories will bring some comfort in your loss, and know that, in time, you and your children will find your way forward, inspired and encouraged by his legacy.

My deepest regards,

Michelle (Lane)"

This tribute was added by Lisa Sutt on 11th March 2016

"Dana was so vibrant, alive and giving; his passing reminds us to enjoy every day. I pray that he's up in heaven and that we will all get to laugh again together up there someday."

This tribute was added by Lori McKinnon on 11th March 2016

"Dana's keen wit, intelligence and great sense of humour was something I enjoyed immensely. He always encouraged election questions and regardless of what was asked he had an answer.

I will miss his counsel and especially his kindness."

This tribute was added by Dean McNeill on 11th March 2016

"Nancy and Family. My deepest sympathies on Dana's passing. I have great memories of Dana's wonderful sense of humour and his deep intellect from the times we spent together laughing and debating at CCL. Truly taken too soon."

This tribute was added by Judy Munro on 11th March 2016

"Dear Nancy and family,

I was so sorry to hear about Dana's passing. Please know that you are all in my thoughts and prayers.


Judy Munro"

This tribute was added by Meghan Rombeek on 10th March 2016

"Crossing the Bar
By Lord Tennyson Alfred
Sunset and evening star,
      And one clear call for me!
And may there be no moaning of the bar,
      When I put out to sea,

   But such a tide as moving seems asleep,
      Too full for sound and foam,
When that which drew from out the boundless deep
      Turns again home.

   Twilight and evening bell,
      And after that the dark!
And may there be no sadness of farewell,
      When I embark;

   For tho' from out our bourne of Time and Place
      The flood may bear me far,
I hope to see my Pilot face to face
      When I have crost the bar."

This tribute was added by Joanne Argue on 10th March 2016

"I was so saddened to hear this news today. So sorry for your loss. I always enjoyed working with Dana at CCL. 16 years later and I still remember him fondly."

This tribute was added by STEVE PARKER on 10th March 2016

"Nancy and Family:

this is shocking and all too soon.  Shirl and i send our love and thoughts.

Steve Parker"

This tribute was added by Sheila Hardman on 10th March 2016

"I'm so sad to hear of the passing of Dana.  Deepest condolences to you Nancy and to all his family."

This tribute was added by Vernon Aker on 10th March 2016

"Dana was one of the first CCL folks I met when I joined the CCL way back when. His kind words helped the transition greatly. Fond memories of a really nice guy!"

This tribute was added by michele mckinnon on 10th March 2016

"I will remember Dana's wit, his intelligence and the pride he took in his children.   May you memories provide great comfort."

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