Barney Danson (1921-2011)

Barnett (Barney) Danson, the Canadian politician and Cabinet minister, died October 17, 2011 at the age of 90.

Born to a Jewish family in Toronto’s Parkdale neighbourhood, Danson joined the Queen’s Own Rifles in 1939, rose to Lieutenant Colonel and lost an eye in the Battle of Normandy. He returned to Canada and joined his family’s insurance business, then started his own company, the Danson Corporation, in the plastics industry. He was also president of the Society of the Plastics Industry of Canada. For a review of his 2002 autobiography Not Bad for a Sergeant: The Memoirs of Barney Danson, please click on the link.