Valley Lives - Charles Woodsworth

The following article first appeared in "The Low Down to Hull and Back News" in the February 23, 2005 issue. Reprinted with permission.

Distinguished newsman dies at 95

Charles Woodsworth, a long-time resident of Gleneagle, former newspaperman and Canadian ambassador, died recently at the age of 95 in Puyvert, France, his home since 2002.

He had a distinguished career in journalism and diplomacy, including stints as Ambassador to South Africa, and to Ethiopia, Somalia and Madagascar.

He had joined the Department of External Affairs in 1956 after being editor in chief of the Ottawa Citizen from 1948 to 1955, and Ottawa correspondent for the Toronto Star.

Woodsworth began his journalistic career with the Winnipeg Tribune and Vancouver Province.


He was the son of J.S. Woodsworth, a founder of the CCF, which was the predecessor of the NDP. He was part of the group that "rode the rails" from Vancouver to Ottawa during the depression years to protest unemployment.

Riding outside the train,he was fortunate to escape suffocation from the smoke of coal-fired locomotives during passage through the "s" tunnels in the Canadian Rockies.


He was married for 54 years to Julie (nee Blatchly), and was the father of Lisa, Nicholas and Gregory, and by a previous marriage, John. He leaves seven grandchildren.

Following his retirement he lived happily in Gleneagle, playing golf at the Larrimac Golf Club.

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