KARSGAARD, David Andrew
18 August 1945 - 20 January 2014
Former Canadian Ambassador
Peacefully, at home with his family, on Saturday, January 20th, of cancer. Beloved son of Dr. Andrew and the late Olive Karsgaard (née Pierce), dear older brother to Louise, Beth, Lynn and Paul, proud and generous father to Andrew (Stacey) and Philip and beloved Papa to Beatrix and Tristan.
Born in Vancouver, David grew up in Pakistan and attended Woodstock School, in Mussoorie, India. He was educated at the University of Manitoba before returning to the subcontinent as a teacher at Murree Christian School, where he met Marianne, his future wife. After marrying and starting a family, David embarked on a career at the Department of Foreign Affairs. Early postings in New Delhi, India and Bonn, Germany were followed by his appointment as Ambassador of Canada to Iraq and, later, Deputy Permanent Representative to the United Nations in New York. After retirement he continued to live in Ottawa.
Friends will miss the joys and stimulation of his wide-ranging conversation and his enthusiasm for ideas, music and literature. His family will always remember and be grateful for his generosity and wit. Although in many ways a private man, David touched the lives of many and will be missed by all.
The family would like to thank the staff, nurses and doctors of the Ottawa Hospital Cancer Centre, the CCAC and the palliative care Drs Aldridge and Thompson who provided David with such compassionate and professional care.
A private cremation will be followed by a memorial gathering for friends and family at home.
Published in Ottawa Citizen on Jan. 23, 2014.