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Thursday March 15, 2012

Robert Parke Cameron Canadian Diplomat Bob (Sandy) Cameron died peacefully at his residence in Ottawa on March 12, 2012, after a short illness, holding the hand of his beloved wife Isobel. Born in Montreal on October 15, 1920, Bob was educated at the University of Toronto and served in the Canadian Army during World War II. He joined the Department of External Affairs in 1947, and married Isobel Whiteley in 1948. Over the years, Bob and Isobel represented Canada in Cuba, Sweden, the United States and West Germany; their overseas service culminated in Bob's appointments as Ambassador to Yugoslavia, Bulgaria and Romania from 1974-1977, and to Poland and East Germany from 1978 to 1980. From 1981 to 1983, he served as Assistant Undersecretary of State with responsibility for International Security Policy and Arms Control Affairs. Bob was a born diplomat, with a sunny disposition, a winning smile, and an ability to make friends wherever he went. After retiring, he pursued a passion for painting, travelled extensively with Isobel, and maintained a keen interest in international affairs. His spiritual home was the family cottage at Blue Sea Lake, Quebec, which he first visited as an infant. Bob was a loving father to Bruce (Irina), Brian (Margot) and Lesley (Richard), and was devoted to his granddaughters Nicola, Anna and Katherine. We are grateful to those who served him in his last days, particularly Soheil Ebadi, Drs. Litwin and Mai, and the caring staff at the Lord Lansdowne Retirement Residence. His funeral will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Saturday, March 17 at St. John's Church, Elgin Street, Ottawa.

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