I never met Dave Pecaut. I learned of Mr. Pecaut after discovering the Luminato Arts Festival. Once I discovered that he was the driving force to build a team to start that festival, I discovered that he had been involved in a number of positive initiatives in Toronto.
His philosophy was the starting point for many of the concepts that he brought to practical fruition.
Many years ago, more than I care to admit to, I went to see a looong (8 hours long) movie called War & Peace. In the opening preamble the subject of the movie poses this question, during a time of horrific political turmoil; "If bad men can group together to commit evil deeds, then why can't good men group together to perform good deeds?".
From the little I know of Mr. Pecaud, his philosophy was somewhat similiar to the preceding one. Mr. Pecaud had a talent for bringing honest, positive, forward thinking people together to accomplish incredibibly good goals.
Even though I didn't know him personally, I know that I like him and his accomplishments. He has helped so many in such a large way.
My sincere condolences to his family, friends and the people that he helped to help others.
In spite of the loss of this trailblazer, his good work, and the people he brought together live on.
I know that in the future, maybe 50 or a 100 years from now, a little girl or a little boy, will wonder who made such good things possible. That little dreamer will go on to accomplish the unaccomplishable, because they discovered the story of Mr. Dave Pecaud.
Dave Pecaud has left us, but the mark he left, will live on forever.
Thank you, Dave. Rest peacefully.