Klaus Goldschlag

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23/03/1922 - 30/01/2012 On Monday, January 30, 2012 at Belmont House, Toronto. Klaus Goldschlag, beloved husband of the late Shan Goldschlag. Loving father and father-in-law of Christine Bentley, Pamela Iannotti, and Caroline and Chris Papadatos. Proud grandfather of Becky, Alex, Martina, Matthew, Jordan, Nicholas, Michael and Daphne.

Klaus was a remarkable man who led an incredible life. He faced the most unthinkable adversities with courage and success. Born in Berlin, Germany, he came to Canada in 1937, through the generosity and kindness of Alan Coatsworth. He attended Vaughn Road Collegiate, the University of Toronto and Princeton University, studying oriental languages. He served in the Canadian Military and then joined the Department of External Affairs where he had a brilliant career, serving as Canada's Ambassador to Turkey, Italy and the Federal Republic of Germany. He also served as Deputy Under-Secretary of State for External Affairs and received the Outstanding Achievement Award for public service of Canada and was made an Officer of the Order of Canada in 1983.

He was a benevolent contributor to Lester B. Pearson College and University College at the University of Toronto, and there is an International Relations scholarship in his honour at Trinity College, generously funded by the Donner Foundation.

We extend our heartfelt appreciation to the staff at Belmont House, and are especially thankful to Sallie X, for her care and love to the very end of his life. Klaus will be greatly missed by his family and friends. Gustave Flaubert captured his memory best: "be regular and ordinary in your life, so you may be violent and original in your work".

A memorial will be held at Beechwood Cemetery in Ottawa, in the spring. Memorial donations can be made to the Canadian Cancer Society.

Published in The Ottawa Citizen on Feb. 3, 2012
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