DESBARATS, Peter Hullett - Son of Hullett John Desbarats and Margaret Ogston Desbarats (Rettie), passed away peacefully of natural causes on 11 February 2014 at 6:30 a.m. after a battle with Alzheimer's Disease. He is survived by his loving wife, Hazel, and his children Michelle, Gabrielle (deceased), Lissa, Sharon, Brynne, Shasta, Nicholas, Jane, Jennifer, Jane, and Jonathan, and his 11 grandchildren. Peter was a widely-recognized figure in Canadian print and broadcast journalism. From his beginnings as a copy boy in the 1950s, he rose quickly to write for The Globe & Mail, The Toronto Star, The Montreal Gazette and many more of Canada's largest newspapers. In the 1960's, 70's and 80's, Peter became a well-known television broadcast journalist, hosting political affairs shows and co-anchoring Global News, among other programs. A sought-after advisor and media expert, he led or consulted on many high-profile public inquiries and research initiatives, including his role as a Commissioner on the federal government's Somalia inquiry during the late 90's. From 1981 to 1996, Peter was the Dean of the School of Journalism at the University of Western Ontario. A prolific writer, he authored twelve books during his career, including a best-selling profile of René Lévesque and three children's books. Visitation on Thursday from 2-4 and 7-9 pm at HARRIS FUNERAL HOME , 220 St. James St. at Richmond, London. The funeral service will be conducted at Colborne Street United Church, 711 Colborne Street at Piccadilly, London, on Friday, February 14 at 11 am by The Rev. David R. Carrothers. Memorial contributions to the McCormick Home Foundation (Alzheimer Outreach Services) would be gratefully acknowledged.12700316
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Posted by Emily (Friend) On Thursday, February 13, 2014
In the short time I knew Peter he was a very caring man. He always talked about you Hazel and how much you mean to him. Alzheimers may take a persons memories but it never took the love he had for you:) My thoughts and prayers go out to Hazel and their family. He will forever be in our hearts and it was a honour to have met you both.
Lots of Love: Emily (PSW)
Rest in peace
Posted by Jean-Marie (Zigy dad) On Thursday, February 13, 2014
Thank you for all you did for Zigy. You will be miss alot.Rest in peace.
My deepest condolences
Posted by Jackie Wright (Grandson's step-mother) On Thursday, February 13, 2014
Dear Hazel and family,
Zigy and I are deeply saddened by the death of Peter, Zigy's last living grandparent. We wish we could be there to support you but know that are thoughts are with you in grief and solidarity.
Jackie and Zigy
Posted by Renee Havers (aquaintence) On Thursday, February 13, 2014
Mr Desbarats was a client at the bank I used to work for and he was kind enough to review my mother's book. She was thrilled with this gesture and I never forgot it. How wonderful of him to take the time to do this for her ! Very sorry for your loss.
My deepest condolences
Posted by Francesco Fotia (Co-worker) On Wednesday, February 12, 2014
My deepest condolences to you and your family. Thinking of you all during this difficult time.