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Wednesday November 13, 2013

William Hickson Barton C.M., B.A., LL.D.
December 10, 1917 - November 8, 2013. William Hickson Barton passed away peacefully on Friday, November 8, 2013, in Ottawa, Ontario. He was predeceased by his wife, Jeanie (nee Robinson); his son, Scott Donald Robinson Barton; and his siblings, Helen (Barton) Clarke and Margaret (Barton) Doherty. Dr. Barton was the eldest of three children born to Norah Marion Hickson and Ernest James Barton in Winnipeg, Manitoba. Mr. Barton is survived by numerous west coast and east coast nieces and nephews: Patrick Clarke (Vancouver, BC), Kelley (Clarke) Crawford (Vancouver, BC), Deborah (Clarke) Dempster (Kamloops, BC), Shannon (Clarke) von Kaldenberg (Victoria, BC), William (Bill) Clarke (Seattle, WA) and Terrence Doherty (Quesnel, BC), Holly (Doherty) Brown (Vernon, BC), Lawrence Doherty (100 Mile House, BC), Michael Doherty (Quesnel, BC), Shelly (Doherty) Everton (Fort McMurray, AB), Tracey (Doherty) Hitchcock (Fort McMurray, AB) and Ian Robinson (Elmwood, NB), Jeanie Hicks (Ottawa, ON), Leslie Robinson (Burnaby, BC), Lynda (Robinson) Davidson (Ottawa, ON), Brian Robinson (Kanata, ON) and Jennifer Robinson (Montreal, QC). Mr. Barton dedicated his life to international peace and security and to the betterment of Canada. He served first as an officer in the Canadian Army during the Second World War and then as a distinguished diplomat whose career spanned more than three decades. In retirement, Mr. Barton was a sought-after international affairs expert and active philanthropist supporting the education of future generations of diplomats. Mr. Barton represented Canada in Vienna, Geneva and New York. He held leadership roles with the Strategic Arms Limitation Talks and represented Canada on the UN Security Council. Mr. Barton received the Order of Canada in 1994. The family extends thanks to the staff at the Montfort Hospital, the New Edinburgh Square, At Home Hospice and Retire At Home for their support. Friends are invited to visit at the Hulse, Playfair & McGarry, Central Chapel, 315 McLeod Street, (at O'Connor) Ottawa on Friday, November 15 from 5 - 8 p.m. and Saturday, November 16 from 1:30 p.m. until time of Memorial Service in the Chapel at 2:30 p.m. Interment will take place at the Beechwood Cemetery in Ottawa. As expressions of sympathy and in lieu of flowers, donations to the charity of your choice would be appreciated by the family.

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