Hansard May 14, 2013
Mr. Frank Klees: I rise to pay tribute to a true friend, a trusted adviser, a loyal
and enthusiastic supporter, a stalwart of his community, an exemplary citizen of
Ontario and Canada. Gul Nawaz left behind a legacy of good works, a reputation
for honesty and integrity, and a circle of friends that crosses all ethnic, racial,
social and political divides.
Gul never stopped until his work was done. That work came to an end on
Saturday, May 11, when he responded to his maker’s call, from behind his desk,
no doubt having argued for one more moment to complete his final transaction.
Knowing Gul, that was probably a contribution to one of his many charitable
causes, whether his beloved Credit Valley Hospital, the Mississauga Arts
Council, the Peel Multicultural Council or—and, Speaker, this speaks to his deep
wisdom—the federal and provincial Conservative parties.
I had the pleasure of knowing Gul Nawaz as my friend for more than 25 years.
Yesterday, I had the honour of speaking at his funeral service. As I stood before
his family and friends, I asked them to do something in honour of Gul. I asked
everyone to smile, because there was no one whose smile was more uplifting,
more infectious and more sincere. That smile, together with his clear and gentle
eyes and encouraging words that never spoke malice of anyone, are what
endeared this man to everyone he met.
Untiring in dedication, unwavering in loyalty and uncompromising in his
principles, Gul Nawaz will continue to live through the many people he touched
and inspired throughout his life. Our thoughts and prayers continue with his wife,
Ghazala, his family and his friends, far and wide.