C. John Small
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SMALL, C. John Peacefully on Wednesday, May 24, 2006. Dear husband of Jean. Loving father of Christine, Margaret, Kathleen and Patricia. Dear brother to Charlotte Dafoe. Predeceased by brother Will Small and sister Dorothy Cooper. Sadly missed by sons-in-law Chris Greenshields, Mark Terrill and Lloyd Hodder, grandchildren Anna, John and Janice Greenshields and David Terrill, his many nephews, nieces and cousins. Career foreign service officer with the Department of Industry, Trade and Commerce and the Department of External Affairs. Former Permanent Representative of Canada to the OECD, High Commissioner to Pakistan, Ambassador to Afghanistan, Ambassador to China, Ambassador to Viet Nam, Deputy Secretary-General of the Commonwealth and High Commissioner to Malaysia and Brunei. Served Canada also as Trade Commissioner in the Netherlands and Hong Kong and following retirement, as Administrator for the Canadian Code of Corporate Conduct in South Africa. Born in Chengtu, China in 1919 to builder missionary Walter Small and nurse Lottie Small. BSc from the Ontario Agricultural College, B.A. from University College, University of Toronto and honorary LLD from University of Guelph. During World War II, served in the Royal Canadian Navy for 4 years on loan to the Royal Navy in the North Atlantic, the Mediterranean, the Normandy landing and in Australia. Long-time elder at St. David and St. Martin Presbyterian Church, Ottawa and member of the Board of the Presbyterian World Service. Lifelong sports enthusiast and ambassador on the tennis courts as well as off. Heartfelt thanks to the staff at the Elisabeth Bruyere Centre from family and friends. Memorial service at St. David and St. Martin Presbyterian Church, 444 St. Laurent Blvd, Ottawa, Wednesday, May 31 at 11:00. In lieu of flowers, donation to your favourite charity.

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Published in Ottawa Citizen from May 26 to May 28, 2006.
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May 29, 2006
With sincerest sympathy to the family of John Small - he will be remembered fondly. Ruth Morrison & daughters (Darlene & Stephanie)
Ruth Morrison
May 28, 2006
I will always remember John's kind sense of humour and his wisdom about so many things. I especially remember fondly his response to "I'm fine thanks" when he was offering food or beverage to me as a guest: "I know you're fine but would you like to have some"... This was just but one indication of his wonderful generous spirit! My prayers are with his family and all of us who will miss his fine, true and faithful humanity.
Jim Collins
May 28, 2006
Jean, we wish you and your family our sincerest condolences.
John made an indelible impact on me as an 11 year-old when our family arrived in Paris on our return trip home to Canada, and you both welcomed us into your home. You and John were so kind and hospitable. John made breakfast the following morning and had us wide-eyed with appreciation and awe. He simply impressed the socks off of us as he flipped pancakes that did double turns up to the ceiling and neatly landed back in the pan. We figured that it was hardly surprising that he was an important Canadian diplomat: how else might he have such talent?
John had such a wonderful ability to make everyone around him feel so important, and years later when we reconnected at my parent's cottage his graciousness and warmth were still a central part of who he was.
He will be greatly missed and we send our deepest sympathy.
Jan (Riley) & Pat Neville
May 28, 2006
Our love and deepest condolences to Jean, their four daughters and their families. John will live in our hearts and memories forever.
George and Mary Riley and their four daughters and families.
Mary Riley
May 26, 2006
Our very sincerest sympathy to Jean and family. John was a true gentleman, in every sense of the word. He will be missed.
Edith and Jack Nielsen
May 26, 2006
My sincere condolences to the family of Mr. Small. I first met the Smalls in "Peking" in 1976 and always found Mr. Small to be an honourable and true gentleman. Although it is many years since last meeting, my memories of him at the helm of the Canadian Embassy in Peking remain strong.
Donna-Fay Mailhot
May 26, 2006
It is with deep sorrow that I learned of the passing of my Uncle John.He was a remarkable man and was much loved by my mother,Mary and late father,Oliver.The many stories of his experiences in the many countries he served in while working with Canadian Government were interesting and captivating to my sisters and myself.He will be greatly missed. On behalf of my sisters,Kit and Lesley, and mother Mary, I wish to extend our deepest sympathies to our cousins,Chris,Margaret,Cathy and Trish, and of course to our dear Aunt Jean. Our prayers are with you all at this time of sorrow.
Bruce Millar
May 26, 2006
I would like to offer my condoleances to the family of Mr Small. I wrote him in 1995 about relations between Canada and China during my studies and he had the kindness to answer me.

A former student who remember
Nicolas Lacroix
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