Edmond Joly-de-Lotbiniere - 1922-2014
Old Sedberghians will be saddened to hear of the death of Edmond Joly-de-Lotbiniere, a student at Sedbergh during the very early days of the school.
The following obituary appeared in the Globe and Mail.
"Passed away on Wednesday, February 5th at Hopital du Saint Sacrement in Quebec at the age of 91. Joined the Department of External Affairs in 1952 after serving in the Royal Canadian Navy during WWII. 2nd Secretary and Consul, Canadian Embassy, the Hague, 1954-58. Assistant Secretary to the Governor General, 1959-1961, during the term of office of Vincent Massey and Georges Vanier. 1st Secretary, Office of the High Commissioner for Canada, 1961-65. Appointed Extraordinary Gentleman Usher by H.M. the Queen 1961-65. Deputy Head Consular Division, Department of External Affairs, Ottawa, 1967-69. Assistant Secretary to the Governor General of Canada 1976-84 during the term of office of Jules Leger and Edward Schreyer. In 1982, he was awarded the rank of Lieutenant of the Royal Victorian Order by H.M. the Queen.
Loving husband of Francine (nee Benoit) beloved father of Alain, Michel, Pauline and Christine. Beloved grandfather to Sophie Alexia, Madeleine, Francine, Benjamin, and David. Edmond AND Francine have inspired in all their children a passion for the mountains, nature, music,and the arts. He was a man of distinction, generosity, and kindness, born the only son and sole inheritor of one of the oldest seigneuries in Canada, given to Rene-Louis Chartier de Lotbiniere in 1672 by Jean Talon, the intendant to Louis X1V. The seigneurie remained in the family until 1967, when it was acquired by the Quebec government and subsequently sold to a foundation created to preserve and develop the historic property. In keeping with his wishes there will be no service or visitation, a private burial will be held at a later date. In memoriam donations in his name may be made to the Foundation du Domaine Joly-de-Lotbiniere (www.domainejoly.com)"
Old Sedberghians send our condolences to Edmond's family and friends.