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Michael Pitfield, 80, played big role in patriating Constitution

Wednesday, October 25, 2017 @ 1:27 PM | By Christopher Guly

Michael Pitfield, Ottawa’s most senior federal bureaucrat when he served as the clerk of the Privy Council during the patriation of the Constitution, died in his hometown of Montreal on Oct. 19 at the age of 80 following a long battle with Parkinson’s disease.

Michael PitfieldIn 1959, a year after he graduated from McGill University with a civil law degree, Pitfield came to Ottawa when he landed a job as an administrative assistant to Davie Fulton, Justice minister in John Diefenbaker’s Progressive Conservative government.

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