Flags at Marion Dewar Plaza at half-mast to honour Brian McGarry


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Flags on Marion Dewar Plaza at Ottawa City Hall will be lowered to half-mast from sunrise to sunset on Sunday, in honour of the late Brian McGarry.

McGarry, a well-known Ottawa businessman and philanthropist, died Jan. 27.

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Born in Wakefield, Que., in 1943, McGarry began a career in funeral services industry under Charles Hulse and Keith Playfair in 1962.

He went on to lead the business, now known as Hulse, Playfair & McGarry Funeral Homes.

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McGarry also had a political side, serving on what was then the Ottawa Board of Education from 1985 to 1994, as a regional councillor representing Capital ward on the former Ottawa-Carleton Regional Council.

He was a well-known philanthropist, both on his own and through his membership in Kiwanis Club of Ottawa, part of the global volunteer organization that supports the well-being of children.

McGarry was one of the original supporters of the Ottawa Senators Hockey Club in the early 1990s.

His funeral service is Sunday, Feb. 4.

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