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KNIEWASSER, Andrew Graham O.C.
September 9, 1926 – November 8, 2013
Passed away peacefully in his 88th year after a rich and fulfilling life. Sadly missed by his wife of 62 years, Jacqueline (née Delaney), children Peter (Nancy Gale), David (Astrid Golinski), John (Michael Soye) and Andrea (David Magahey), grandchildren, Alexandra, Max, Paul, Lauren and Julia, great-grandson Lucius, his sister Barbara (Frank Oakes) and many nieces and nephews. Predeceased by his father Dr. Andrew Vernon Kniewasser and his mother Helen Cooch and his sister Betty Anne (John Smith). Andy was born in Ottawa where he attended Lisgar Collegiate before going on to study Economics at Queen's University where he excelled both academically and in sports, in particular football, where he was rookie of the year.
Andy, with Jacqueline at his side, began his career in the Foreign Service after his graduation. His postings would take him and his family to Athens, Beirut, Cairo, and Caracas and then four years in Paris as Canada's Commercial Counsellor. In 1963, Andy returned to Canada as General Manager of Expo 67 The World's Fair in Montreal. The management group for Expo became known as Les Durs - the tough guys - in charge of creating, building and managing Expo. Andy had a reputation as a straight shooter. He remained in the public service after Expo and worked in Ottawa where he was named Assistant Deputy Minister of Industry, Trade and Commerce, then Senior Deputy Minister. In 1972 Andy left the public service to become the President and CEO of the Investment Dealers Association of Canada where he remained for 20 years. During his tenure with the Investment Dealers Association Andy advocated for the securities industry and provided expert advice to numerous governments on securities and regulatory markets.
Whether working for Canada abroad or at home, Andy was a passionate Canadian who felt a great gratitude and responsibility towards his country.
An avid outdoorsman, Andy enjoyed fishing and hunting trips all across Canada. In every small town or remote location that Andy would visit, he made a point of meeting and chatting with people. He continued to shoot skeet and did so better than his sons for the rest of his life. He went hunting in Saskatchewan in his 87th year. He gave up downhill skiing after one too many broken legs and instead worked the bush on his country property and regularly involved friends and family in tree cutting forays. Throughout their lives together Andy and Jacqueline would travel the world, speaking many languages and making friends abroad. After retirement and extensive travel, Andy and Jacqueline settled in the countryside in Blackstock, Ontario and moved back to Ottawa in 2005 choosing to spend winters in Clearwater, Florida.
In recognition of his great contribution to the immense success of Expo '67 Andy was awarded The Order of Canada and, in recognition of his contribution to the investment industry, he was awarded the Investment Industry Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal in 2012.
The family would like to extend a special thank you to the staff and doctors of the Elisabeth Bruyère Hospital for the compassionate care Andy received in his final days.
A celebration of Andrew's life will be held on November 23rd, 2013. The family will receive friends at the Garden Chapel of Tubman Funeral Homes, 3440 Richmond Rd., Ottawa, on Saturday, November 23rd, 2013 from 1pm until the Funeral Service in the Chapel at 2 p.m. A reception for friends and family will follow. In lieu of flowers, the family would appreciate a donation in memory of Andrew G. Kniewasser to The Salvation Army or the Bruyère Continuing Care.

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Published in Ottawa Citizen from Nov. 16 to Nov. 22, 2013.
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December 4, 2013
Dear Jacqueline,
Our condolences on the sudden passing of your dear husband Andy. You are in our hearts during this time of grieving.
lydia and Jack Vanpelt-Riddell
December 3, 2013
Dear Jacqueline and family--I smile at the thought of him. I remember your stories about him, and his great energy in your Pontypool home. Heartfelt condolences
Lucille Blainey
November 27, 2013
Our deepest condolences to our very special neighbor Jaqueline. David and Brigitta will deeply miss Mr. Kniewasser and his fascinating story's.
God bless his memory
Bela and Maria Szabo
November 25, 2013
Dear Jacqueline,
We were so sorry to hear of Andrew's passing. He will be missed by all who knew him. We are so proud to have had you and Andrew for our friends, you will both never be forgotten. The next time we get to Ottawa we will be sure to visit. Please take care of yourself.
Clarence and Margaret Lee
November 23, 2013
Jacqueline and family....
We will be celebrating along with you this afternoon - the life of a wonderful man. Andrew will be remembered by Bill and I for many different reasons, but the most important was his Christian love and kindness.
When ever we chatted with him at church he always had time for us. When we went down to Florida, he was there to pick us up at our hotel and take us to church and treat us to lunch. He was a constant encourager. Helping us stay strong when we needed it the most and making us feel worthwhile as an couple in whatever we did. He was strong on the outside but I could always see the softness on the inside. He will be so sadly missed.
Sandi van Gulik
November 23, 2013
Dear Peter and Nancy,
I'm so sorry for your loss.
JoAnn Meloche
November 21, 2013
I do not expect you to know or remember me but my late husband Ken Boor always spoke so highly of your husband. He was the technician at the Canadian Embassy in Paris. My sincere sympathies to you, your children and grandchildren. Lee Boor
November 21, 2013
Dear Jacqueline,
We are so very sorry to hear the news of Andrew's passing. Unfortunately we will not be able to attend the service, as we are already in Florida, but wanted you to know that you are in our thoughts and prayers. Even though we only met Andrew a few short years ago, we so enjoyed having him as a neighbour, and getting to know him. He was a real character....a wonderful and interesting man, and will be greatly missed.
Brenda & Grant Wilson
November 21, 2013
Chère Jacqueline, c'est avec beaucoup de chagrin que nous avons appris le décès d'Andrew. Nous entendrons encore longtemps son rire tonitruant et l'éclat gamin de ses yeux nous manquera. Quel vide ce départ aura créé dans nos vies. Andrew était un géant.
Nous pensons à toi et aux tiens. Courage. Lucile et Ray.
November 19, 2013
Growing up in Ottawa I heard a lot of the Kniewasser family, my auntie Gussie
worked for the family, I received a bike Barbara had grown out of, my auntie told me how wonderful your family became, my deepest sympathy in the loss of Andrew. Maureen Powers nee McMullin
Maureen Powers
November 18, 2013
Sincere condolences to each family member. May you be comforted by God's rich blessings.
Winston Hetherington
November 18, 2013
Peter, Nancy and kids
My thoughts and prayers are with you all. I have such vivid memories of meeting this dynamic dad/grand dad of yours, going for breakfast on a Sunday morning in Toronto many years ago. May you all find peace in your hearts knowing that he is in a better place.
Bron Vasic
November 18, 2013
Peter and family - So sorry to hear of your loss. Our thoughts and prayers are with you.
Bob & Gayle Mason
November 17, 2013
May your hearts soon be filled with wonderful memories of joyful times together as you celebrate a life well lived.
Bill and Katie Avatis
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