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McCALLION, Kathryn Elizabeth
Peacefully at her Ottawa home on June 1, 2014. Loved always by her sisters Sharon (Greg McClemont), Janet, Marguerite (Bruce Buller), brothers James (Jeannie Anderson) and Thomas, nieces Laura, Aleasha, Harmony, Seneca, Juniper, and nephews Elwin, Noah, Jason, Russel, Rylan, Sky and families. Kathryn will be greatly missed by her dear friend Barbara Burns and many wonderful friends, neighbours and colleagues. A graduate of the University of Waterloo, Kathryn held various positions in the Department of Foreign Affairs from 1973 to 2009 including postings to Mexico City, Boston, the OECD, and Jamaica where she served as Canada's High Commissioner. Kathryn was an expert in international trade and foreign policy and a superb manager. She was a dedicated public servant, serving Canada tirelessly for over 35 years. An enthusiastic outdoor adventurer and world traveller, Kathryn gave her best to everything and set an example for us all. Friends are invited to visit at the Central Chapel Hulse, Playfair & McGarry, 315 McLeod Street, Ottawa on Saturday June 7th from 1:00 pm, with funeral service to follow at 2:30, mcgarryfamily.ca, 613-233-1143

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Published in Ottawa Citizen from Jun. 4 to Jun. 5, 2014.
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September 28, 2014
A belated expression of sympathy to a great women and legend. I had the good fortune to work with her in the office of the foreign minister. I have rarely met such a dedicated public servant. I am deeply saddened by her untimely passing.

Robert Peck
Ambassador of Canada to the Hellenic Republic
August 14, 2014
As a student at the University of Waterloo, Kathryn was a special treasure with her innocent-sounding yet penetrating questions about economic policy. Years later she returned as a superb advisor on a council on UW's co-op programs. She used her genial wit and special insight to enhance the quality of work and study experiences in all Faculties. Kathryn was, at the same time, a remarkable public good and a delightful personal being. Condolences to her family and to all who had the pleasure of working with her.
Bob Kerton, Former Dean of Arts, University of Waterloo
August 2, 2014
I was a friend Of Kathryn's at Waterloo and admired her then and throughout her distinguished career. My condolences to friends and family.
Colleen (Benner) Powell
Colleen Powell
June 9, 2014
I would like to express my sincere condolences !!! My thoughts and prayers are with the entire family and friends.

Robert Cayer
Office of Protocol of Canada
Robert Cayer
June 7, 2014
I was a shy frosh at Waterloo in 1971 and Kathryn was my Village 1 - East 1 don. Pleasant music often came from her suite, and of course the sounds of some animated discussions on various current affairs topics. When I once called her Kathy, she explained firmly that she was given a lovely name and did not feel the need to change it. For some reason that comment and the firmness with which it was delivered has stayed with me to this day.

I don't think Kathryn ever realized it but she inspired me to apply for a donship and I held that position for two years.

Our paths crossed only a few times since Waterloo and I am not even sure she recognized me - the goofy frosh from V1-E1. But the impression she made with me so long ago has always remained with me.

My sincerest condolences to Kathryn's family and friends.
Brigitte Zirger
June 7, 2014
Condolences to Katherine's family. I worked in the CIDA section during Katherine's time as Canadian High Commissioner and got to know her personally as well through many joint diving excursions. I appreciate the frank career advice she gave at the time and will always cherish her memory as a strong-minded, but at the same time very caring and joyful person.
Rob Lothian
June 7, 2014
Forever in our thoughts and prayers Auntie Kathryn. Until we meet again!
Harmony Rowand
June 6, 2014
I had the chance to work closely with Kathryn for many years in the late 90's. She was bright, open, direct, no-nonsense, and for those close to her, she was also humorous, candid, sensitive and genuine.
She had integrity, courage, vision and will undoubtedly be remembered as one of our great chief trade commissioners and a model civil servant.
I have a deep respect and sincere admiration for her as a manager and as a person.
Many of us owe her a lot.
She will remain in my fondest memories and I will miss her.

My sincere condolences.

Richard Lecoq
June 6, 2014
Kathryn we have loved you and lost you too soon. You are no longer where you were but are always where we are. Thanks for the wonderful memories.
June 5, 2014
Kathryn was a devoted civil servant who did an outstanding job promoting and protecting Canada's interests - both during her foreign assignments and while serving as Chief Trade Commissioner at headquarters as well. She has let us far too soon. She will be deeply missed by all her friends and colleagues in the foreign service.
John Bonar
June 5, 2014
We have lost a legend. Deepest condolences.
Randolph Mank
June 5, 2014
Our condolences to the family. We pray that with time the wonderful memories with console you in your loss. Our prayers are with you at this time of sorrow,
Margery and Laurie
June 5, 2014
I was shocked to learn of her far too soon death. She was one of the trailblazing women trade commissioners. When I was in Personnel Admin at HQ, she was High Commissioner in Jamaica; I recall how she fought to right conditions for the staff after a devastating hurricane.
Wayne McKenzie
June 5, 2014
She was a warm and quick witted woman whose passion for life shone through.
sharon cameron
June 5, 2014
My sincere condolences to Kathryn McCallion's family and friends...the very first time I met Kathryn was when she arrived in San Jose Costa Rica as part of the Prime Minister's delegation and she asked for his room number so she could put a bottle of his favourite Scotch as a welcoming gift... she was full of life and those were the good old days indeed.
Richard Béliveau
June 5, 2014
Earlier in my career I had the opportunity to work briefly with Kathryn on one of the many “special projects” she was working on. She was to me a real leader. Smart, tough and funny… all at the same time. I learned a great deal from her in a short period of time. I now serve in Canada's High Commission to Jamaica, where Kathryn was one of my predecessors. The local staff who were working during her tenure remember her very fondly. On behalf of all the staff at the High Commission of Canada to Jamaica, I offer sincere condolences to Kathryn's family.

Robert Ready
High Commissioner
Kingston, Jamaica
June 4, 2014
I will miss my friend who biked the Cabot Trail, who kayaked Lake Superior, who laughed until the wine bottle was empty and the sun went down.
Helen Gillespie
June 4, 2014
sincere condolences to the McCallion family and to Barb Burns.... Kathryn was indeed one of THE best in the department... it was fantastic to watch her work when leading the FTAA negotiations especially up against the boys of the latin countries... who thought they could run her over ... boy were they wrong ! Kathryn earned her stripes tenfold ... and most of all earned and got respect because of her professionalism, her expertise, her integrity and... her understanding and commitment to the people she worked with ... Kathryn always did the right thing ... on one of my holiday trips her parting shot was "don't become a consular case ...'cause I wont know ya " ... I wasn't worried because she said it with a twinkle in her eye and a mischievous smile ! We will miss you Kathryn....
Alicia Carruthers
June 4, 2014
Condolences to everyone who knew Kathryn. We will all have a noticeable hole where Kathryn's spirit and humanity had resided.
John Donaghy
June 4, 2014
My sincere condolences to Kathryn's family and friends.I was always in awe of her energy and last spoke with her at a TCS luncheon in Ottawa. We have lost a true north star.
Monica Heron STC, Canadian Embassy, Havana, Cuba
Monica Heron
June 4, 2014
On behalf of all the former staff of the Ontario Pavilion at Expo 67 in Montreal we send our deepest sympathies to Kathryn's family members. We loved her, her wit, sarcastic side, fun comments and the joy of working with her and knowing her. We all saw her at our 45th Reunion of this very special group of friends in Montreal just two years ago. We will miss her deeply and forever. Laird Saunderson ..on behalf of all of the Ontario Pavilion staff
Laird Saunderson
June 4, 2014
Sincere condolences to Kathryn McCallion's friends and family. Kathryn was a kind and sage mentor early in my diplomatic career. She gave tirelessly of her time, energy, knowledge and expertise. She will be missed. Patricia Filteau
Patricia Filteau
June 4, 2014
Deepest condolences to Kathryn's family. I was blessed to have spent a memorable Labour Day weekend, 2013, with Kathryn, to celebrate her preliminary successful skirmish with cancer. She regaled Linda and I, her 1967 Expo roommates, with tales of her past diplomatic experiences. She kept us laughing into the wee hours of the night.What fun we had that weekend in Lunenburg N.S. I will miss her deeply.

Lydia Olah
June 4, 2014
Larry Duffield
June 4, 2014
Kathryn, you left us far too soon. You always brought such interesting tales and good natured humour to all of our family gatherings. I deeply regret the time we will never have the chance to share again. You will remain in my fondest memories.
With deepest condolences from your cousin Donna.
Donna K. Moore
June 4, 2014
Kathryn and I go back a long ways. She was a trailblazer in the Department and I always admired her directness, her wicked sense of humour and her humanity which she was fiercely hiding. We kept in touch over the years and I was working in DMT's office alongside her when she retired. I am sad to know she is gone. I knew how much she cared for her friends and family. My sincere condolences to all.

Louise LaRocque
Ambassador/ Ambassadeur
Embassy of Canada, Zagreb /Ambassade du Canada, Zagreb
Croatia /Croatie

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