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Allan Ezra GOTLIEB
1928 - 2020
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ALLAN EZRA GOTLIEB1928 - 2020 Passed away peacefully in his 93rd year at home in Toronto on Saturday, April 18th, of cancer and Parkinson's disease. A loving, caring, and supportive husband, he leaves behind his wife, Sondra Gotlieb, whom he married in Winnipeg in 1955. Preceded in death by his parents, David and Sally Gotlieb of Winnipeg, he is also survived by his sister, Judith Shotten, of Jerusalem, Israel. He was the loving father of Rebecca, who predeceased him in 2003, and he leaves behind his daughter Rachel and son Marc (Lauren). He was also the loving grandfather of Charles David Ham, Fanny and Joe Dickson, as well as of Sally, Rose, and Louis Gotlieb, benefited so much from his warmth, humor, care. A Rhodes scholar and graduate of Berkeley, Oxford, and Harvard, Allan taught law at Oxford before returning to Canada to join the Department of External Affairs. He held a number of senior positions over the course of a distinguished career in public service, including serving as deputy minister of several government departments before returning to External Affairs as undersecretary of state. Between 1982 and 1990 he served as Canada's ambassador to the United States, an experience recounted in memoirs published in 2006. He was made Companion to the Order of Canada in 1987. Upon retiring from public service, he and Sondra moved to Toronto. Subsequently Allan was appointed Chairman of the Donner Canada foundation and Sotheby's Canada, and also served as advisor to several legal firms, and as director on national and international boards. A trustee of the Art Gallery of Ontario and passionate for the arts, Allan was a collector of 19th-century prints and drawings, Victorian tiles, and Surrealist illustrated books, collections gifted to the AGO, the Fischer Rare Book Library, and other institutions. Allan was buried at Mount Pleasant Cemetery following a family graveside service. He will be dearly missed by his loving wife, his children, sister, and grandchildren, all of whom cherish the memory of his care, intelligence, humor, and devotion to family. A public celebration of Allan's life is planned for a future date.

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Published in The Globe and Mail from Apr. 20 to Apr. 24, 2020.
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April 21, 2020
I knew Allan for over 30 years on a professional basis. He was always interesting to listen to but he was equally interested in listening. A strong attribute in a good and great Canadian.
May he Rest in Peace.
Brad Conacher
April 21, 2020
To Allan's family, may I say how sad I am to know of his passing. My thoughts today are about him and you through him. From the start of his law practice after his distinguished pubic service, he became a generous friend, a mentor of sorts, and the most engaging interlocutor about all manner of things. His commitment to ideals, insight, gracious candor, wisdom and wit were always inspiring, enlightening and downright enjoyable, and in full view during precious and much anticipated but too infrequent lunches together. No doubt, for many these kinds of memories will be Allan's continuing and, though in a different way, no less engaging "life" with us. With sincere sympathy. Scott Wilkie
Scott Wilkie
April 21, 2020
My dad, Ed Weinstein, was a first cousin of Alan's. I met him once at my grandparents 50th anniversary party in Chicago. My dad spoke of Alan often and their meeting up in DC with him and my Aunt Ruth, my dad's sister. The history of our family is very extensive and I have a letter that Alan sent to our cousin Toby telling about how the family came to Canada and the US. In 1972 my family traveled to Israel and my dad arranged for us to meet Judy, who was wonderful and took us all over Jerusalem, she was so nice and made our visit so personal.
My heartfelt condolences to you.
Nancy Weinstein Stern
April 20, 2020
After almost 40 years with the Depatment of External Affairs/Department of Foreign Affairs/Global Affairs, Allan Gotlieb was the best Under Secretary that I had the pleasure of serving. Canada has lost a great man.
Shig Uyeyama
April 20, 2020
Benson Labinsky
April 20, 2020
A much valued mentor and great Canadian public servant. Our most heartfelt condolences to Sondra and their family.
AC and Marc Dolgin
April 20, 2020
A valued friend.
Fred Doucet
April 20, 2020
I am so devastated by him passing away.We had been friends since he went to Oxford where he obtained the best law degree for 50 years.He used to stay with us in London when he was not in Oxford.

He was one of the most remarkable men I have ever met kind caring and loving to those he knew

I send to Sandra and all his family my deepest condolences and love xxx
Ruth Morris of Kenwood
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