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BARTON, William Hickson
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 to 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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Published in Ottawa Citizen from Nov. 12 to Nov. 14, 2013.
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February 4, 2014
I knew and came to like Bill Barton enormously, when we were both at CCAF Ottawa. His unfailing wit, diplomacy, charm and understated wisdom, never failed to impress. When one met him and inquired as to how he was, his stock answer was, "All the better for seeing you!". There was a front-page article in the Globe & Mail some years ago, which stated, clearly, that Bill was the best ambassador Canada ever sent to the UN. I shall miss Bill, his penchant for VMoRs, and the wonderful way he told of his amazing life and experiences.
Peter Armstrong
November 15, 2013
My condolenses to the family. Mr. Barton became one of my very first clients in 1997. He was a gentle kind man whom I have the utmost respect. I have learned much from him in the last 16 years.
Joe Montuoro
November 14, 2013
Bill was for many of us who followed,in my case, much later into Canada's diplomatic service, a great inspiration. He personified the best of what Canada had to offer, all those years ago, in multilateral forums and its then effective diplomacy. He was a friend ,mentor and a marvelous person to work for and with for many years. We will all miss him. Condolences to the family. Charles Svoboda, Alicante, Spain
November 13, 2013
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November 13, 2013
A man I met by chance years ago, yet I've never forgotten the few occasional minutes of contact I had with him. Wisdom and kindness he had, as well as humility. Always hard to find.

Hubert Gratton
November 12, 2013
A life well lived should be celebrated, and it is quite clear to me that Mr. Barton's life is quite something to celebrate. My condolences to his family and friends. ~ a Carleton University student.
Mark Girvan
November 12, 2013
Dr. Barton is an inspiration for those seeking to promote international peace. His career in diplomacy and international affairs was one of exceptional service. While his wisdom will be missed, memories of him will be cherished by the many people inspired by his life of service and generosity.
Dane Rowlands
November 12, 2013
My deepest condolences are extended to Jeanie Hicks (former Principal, OCTC School) on the loss of her dear Uncle Bill. Our thoughts are with you Jeanie.
Many regards,
Leslie (Walker) and staff from OCTC School
November 12, 2013
Dear Bill, We will all miss your wise perspective, your humour and your gracious interest in what was happening in our lives. I will especially miss the way your smile would set your eyes twinkling during interesting discussions. God speed.
Tery, Kate and family Howard
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