Canada’s One-Time Bermuda Diplomat Dies

November 23, 2011

Canada’s diplomatic representative to Bermuda in the 1970s has died in London, Ontario at the age of 85.

Barry Steers was a familiar figure on the island when he simultaneously served as the Canadian Commissioner to Bermuda while he was also that country’s High Commissioner in New York.

He joined the Canadian Trade Commissioner Service in 1956, and during his career, was posted to Singapore, Greece, Israel and the Canadian Consulate in New York.

Following a posting home to Ottawa, he served as Canadian Ambassador to Brazil from 1971 to 1976, as Canadian Consul General to New York from 1976 to 1979 and concurrently, as Commissioner to Bermuda. From 1981 to 1989, Barry was the Canadian Ambassador to Japan.

Following his career in the Canadian civil service, Mr. Steers became an advisor to many companies and served as a board member of London Life, CP Hotels/Fairmont, Canadian Pacific Airways, Gendis Corporation amd Manalta Coal among others.

Mr. Steers, who died on Sunday [Nov.20], is survived by wife of 59-years Martha, three children and seven grandchildren.

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