JARVIS, William Esmond Dec. 10, 1931 - Dec. 30, 2004 It is with great sadness the family of William Esmond Jarvis announces his passing in Kenora, Ontario on December 30, 2004 after a courageous battle with cancer. Esmond will always be remembered and greatly missed by his loving wife Leona (Seaberg) and youngest son Morgan; and from his previous marriage to Wanda (Thomson), daughter Cheryl (Bob Woods) and grandsons Brenden and Andrew in Ottawa, son Darrell (Jennifer) and granddaughters Emily and Sarah in Toronto, son Dennis (Kelly) and granddaughters Brianna and Paige in Ottawa. He was very proud of the successes and achievements of his children and grandchildren. Esmond was born at Gladstone, Manitoba. He was predeceased by his parents, Fredrick and Dorothy, brother Jim, sisters-in-law Jacky and Alice and brother-in-law Bert Ridd. He is survived by his sister Kate, brothers Ed (Jean), Alf, Jack (Ella) and Allan (Bea), and sister-in-law Marjorie as well as numerous nieces and nephews. Esmond maintained and valued a close friendship with his graduating class from the University of Manitoba. Esmond graduated from the University of Manitoba in Agriculture in 1955 and from Michigan State University (1960) with a Masters degree. He had a most satisfying career in Agriculture. The first 12 years were spent with the Manitoba Department of Agriculture in varied positions, including as Deputy Minister. In 1967, he joined Agriculture Canada in Ottawa to spend 10 years first as Assistant then as Associate Deputy Minister and also with the Grains Group. In 1977 he moved back to Winnipeg to serve as Chief Commissioner of the Canadian Wheat Board. In 1990, he was appointed Canada's High Commissioner to New Zealand and 5 neighbouring South Pacific countries, and Ambassador to Fiji. Upon his retirement, Esmond remained in New Zealand, returning in 2003 to Canada to live on Lake of the Woods in Ontario. Over his lifetime Esmond received many recognitions. He was awarded the Lieutenant Governor's Gold Medal for General Proficiency upon his graduation from the University of Manitoba. During his working career, he was awarded the Nuffield Travelling Fellowship and in 1981, the University of Manitoba Distinguished Alumni Award. Esmond enjoyed an active participation in numerous agricultural organizations, the United Church and many community groups. He loved sports, travel and outdoor activities and gained great satisfaction from building the lake home. The funeral will be held at 1:00 p.m. on Tuesday, January 4, 2005 at St. Alban's Anglican Cathedral, Kenora, Ontario. Arrangements are in the care of the Brown Funeral Home in Kenora. In remembrance, donations to CancerCare Manitoba would be appreciated by the family. Published in the Ottawa Citizen on 1/3/2005.