Peacefully on Friday, October 5th, 2012 at the age of 63. Loving husband of Susan (Nee McCoy) and cherished father of Joseph (Wendy Heagney), Ruth (Mark Heighington), Jonathan and Francis also survived by their mother Ann. Dear step-father of Edward Watling (Marjorie) and Eric Watling (Christa). Grandfather of Kai Bakewell, Ramona Heighington, Jordan Olsen, Rebecca Doull, Carolanne Watling, Kyle Watling, Sandra-Mae Watling and Seth Watling. Brother of Susan Stevens (Peter) and Ian (Patricia). Uncle to several nieces and nephews. A Requiem Eucharist will be held on Friday, October 12th, 2012 in Christ Church Cathedral, 420 Sparks St. at 1 p.m. Peter was a true public servant and consummate professional - insightful, principled and generous. During his 30 year diplomatic career at Foreign Affairs, he served in Latin America, Eastern Europe, the Middle East and United States becoming one of the Department's ranking experts on these Canadian priorities. Posted to Prague, he worked closely with Vaclav Havel and the Charter 77 dissidents, and was subsequently honored by the Czech government in recognition of the role he played in the Prague Spring. From his undergraduate days at Oxford, Peter developed an abiding interest in the world of security and intelligence, shaped over time by the Cold War experience, events in the Middle East and post - 9/11 realities. Serving in various capacities at headquarters and abroad, he was deeply engaged in promoting and defending Canadian interests, earning the hard won respect of colleagues in the Ottawa community and Canada's close allies. As a diplomat, Peter was valued for his informed views, trenchant policy advice, negotiating skills and mentoring abilities. His legacy - and the measure of his loss - lies in his family, former colleagues and lifelong friendships left behind. The family wish to thank the Montfort Hospital's I.C.U., Palliative Care Unit and 6th floor staff with a special thank you to Valerie and Diane. Funeral arrangements in the care of
Kelly Funeral Home -Somerset Chapel
585 Somerset Street West, Ottawa,
K1R 5K1, 613-235-6712 www.kellyfh.ca
In Memoriam donations to a charity of choice are appreciated.
Peter was a supportive friend of technicians in Canada and
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