Keith Davey

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Keith Douglas Davey, OC (April 21, 1926 — January 17, 2011) was a Canadian politician, Senator, and campaign organizer.

Born in Toronto to Charles Minto Davey (Toronto Star Production Manager) and Grace Viola (née Curtis), Keith Davey attended high school at North Toronto Collegiate Institute. Davey graduated with a BA from the University of Toronto in 1949.


Davey became a Sales Manager for CKFH, a Toronto radio station from 1949 to 1960. In 1960 he entered politics as a campaign organizer for his home riding of Eglinton and was appointed National Campaign Director of the Liberal Party of Canada in 1961, 1962, 1963 and 1965.

In 1966, Davey served briefly as commissioner of the Canadian Football League. He was appointed to the Canadian Senate by Lester Pearson in 1966. He resigned in 1996.


Davey was portrayed on an episode of King of Kensington as Senator Keith Davis on the episode titled Mr. King Goes to Ottawa; he was portrayed by actor Ken James.

He was made an Officer of the Order of Canada in 1999.

In 1986, Davey published a political memoir, The Rainmaker - a Passion for Politics.


He married Catherine Isobel Hart in 1952; they had three children, Douglas, Ian and Catherine. The union was dissolved around 1975. He remarried to Dorothy Elizabeth Petrie in 1978.


Davey died on January 17, 2011, aged 84, at Belmont House in Toronto. He had...
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