Dwight Fulford
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FULFORD, Dwight Wilder Died 23 January 2009, after a short illness, borne with stoicism and humour. Born in 1931, a graduate of Trinity College School (1949), the University of Toronto (Trinity, 1953), and Oxford University (Magdalen, 1955). He studied history and law and had extensive experience in debating, at which he excelled in international competition. It was during a debate at the University of Toronto that he met Barbara, his wife of 54 years. Dwight enjoyed a distinguished career in the Canadian Department of External Affairs, including service in the Canadian embassies in Argentina, Cuba and Mexico, and as Canadian Ambassador to Argentina, Paraguay, and Uruguay (1977-82) and Saudi Arabia, Yemen and Somalia (1982-1986). He maintained humane and ethical positions throughout his career, including while in Cuba in 1962 during the missile crisis and in Argentina during the internal repressions of the late 1970's and the Falklands conflict in 1982. It had been his life-long ambition to serve his country as an ambassador, and he carried out this role with skill and sensitivity. He retired in 1989 to a life of reading and contemplation in Ottawa and his beloved homes in the Gatineau and Mexico. He continued to be deeply interested in politics and foreign affairs and combined these interests by serving many times as an election observer for emerging democracies in Africa and Latin America. During his retirement, he and Barbara travelled widely to see their children and many friends all over the world. Dwight was an inquisitive and astonishingly well-read man of wide-ranging interests. He surrounded himself with books, and these occupied any time he did not spend with family and friends. All who knew him have been inspired by his humour, his kindness, his generosity, his integrity and his wisdom. Dwight, a diplomat, a scholar, a father and a friend, is deeply mourned and missed by wife Barbara; children Wilder, Martha, Benjamin, Daniel, Adam and Sarah; grandchildren Eli, Jacob, Venus, Isabella, Wilder, and Theodore; sister Martha; and many colleagues, friends and relatives everywhere. Following a private cremation his ashes will be interred in the family mausoleum in Brockville. A celebration of life will be held on Sunday, February 1st between 2 - 5 p.m. at his home in Ottawa.

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Published in Ottawa Citizen on Jan. 26, 2009.
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February 1, 2009
Dear Barbara, Sarah, Martha, Wilder, Benjamin and Adam,
Your father and his kayak was an icon for us at the lake each summer, and he'll always be there when we think of the best times we've had on Pemichangan. He has no doubt left many others with fascinating and grateful memories as well. We send you our deepest condolences and warmest regards.
Betsy Caruso
January 30, 2009
Dear Barbara,
What a privilege it has been to share with Dwight and you so many special moments. Our thoughts are with you.
Lamentanos no poder acompañarte en la celebración de tan extraordinaria vida.
Agueda y Carlos Bazan
January 28, 2009
Martha and family,
I was very sorry to hear of the loss of your father. I have many happy memories of visits to the Fulford house - books everywhere and full of fascinating artifacts - and of your father's impressive commutes to work in the kayak. Thinking of you all.
Kit Nelson
January 27, 2009
I was so sorry to hear of your loss. The thoughts of many are with you at this time of sorrow.
Alexandra de Grandpré
January 27, 2009
I am very sorry to hear of Mr. Fulford's passing. His family can be very proud of his service to his country. My thoughts go out to his family. I had many good times at his cottage, as a guest of Daniel.
Gordon Simpson
January 27, 2009
Barbara : I was shocked to learn of Dwight's death. My sincerest and deepest condolences to you and your children. Dwight and I went back a very long time.I was so pleased to see him at last summer's reunion. God bless.
Peter Johnston
January 26, 2009
Barbara- My sincere sympathyto you and yours. My brother Peter Lewis and I did alot of growing up w/ Dwight. Always a good friend -glad we had our reunion this past summer in Brockville regards Sallee Lewis Rymal
Sallee Rymal
January 26, 2009
I will always remember Dwight as a kind and patient man, playing spaceship with Sarah and I and taking me kayaking in the freezing cold Rideau river doing eskimo rolls. I have many wonderful memories of this generous man, I am blessed to have known him.
Lisa DiLabio
Lisa DiLabio
January 26, 2009
my deepest condolances to you and all your family. And to Martha, even though I haven't seen her since England in the early 1950s.
My warmest regards,
Ron R.
Angus W.J. (Ron) Robertson
January 26, 2009
We have fond memories of Dwight driving us around Mexico, especially picking up a an unboxed, several-tiered wedding cake. Always calm, even dust blowing up from the road onto the cake didn't faze him!
Sincere condolences to the entire family for the loss of a wonderful man.
Sue and Brian Anderson
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