In Celebration of

Luis Alfredo Bustos Guerrero

September 30, 1930 -  February 2, 2019

Luis Alfredo BUSTOS Guerrero, aged 88, died at the Ottawa Hospital, Civic Campus, on February 2, 2019, after a long illness. In death, he joins his beloved wife of 62 years, Jacqueline, who predeceased him by less than a month, and his son, Paul-Luis, who died in 2006. He leaves behind a daughter, Marie-Françoise.

Luis was born in Santiago, Chile, and trained as a chemical engineer. He met his wife, a young Frenchwoman who had followed her family to South America after World War II, at the laboratory where they both worked. Soon after their marriage, they decided to move to Canada, where they welcomed two children. Luis began a second career in marketing and travelled extensively in Latin America for his work. The family moved to Mexico in the 1960s, sent there by the company where Luis was employed. Upon their return to Canada, he joined the Public Service, ending his career as a Trade Commissioner at our embassy in Lisbon, Portugal, and our consulate in São Paulo, Brazil.

Luis enjoyed a richly deserved retirement here in Ottawa, indulging his passion for all things electronic. He spent long hours researching topics as varied as the works of Lord Byron and the history of the Haida Nation. He enthusiastically followed world events, reading several newspapers and magazines every day. Although his body failed him, his mind remained sharp and inquisitive to the end; his charm and engaging sense of humour will be remembered by all who knew him.

Marie-Françoise wishes to thank the staff at the Civic Campus for their commitment to making her father’s last days as comfortable as possible. A memorial will be planned in the spring.


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Angie Anton (Long time friend (44 years))

Entered February 9, 2019 from Elgin, Ontario

My dear, dear friends, I will treasure their memory always

Christina and Bruce Gillies (Friends)

Entered February 10, 2019 from Ottawa

Dear Marie Francoise,

So shocking even if we know that your father was ill and so soon after your mother's passing, this lovely photo is how we are going to remember both of them.....
Our thoughts go out to you and please stay in touch,
Our deepest condolences,
Christina and Bruce

Gordon and Jinny Whitehead (Former embassy colleagues from our time together in Lisbon and friends ever since.)

Entered February 11, 2019 from Vancouver, BC.

Two wonderful people. Kind, charming, cosmopolitan. Luis and Jacquie were dear, lovely people who were always inspirational and engaging. We shall miss them greatly and remember them with great affection. Our thoughts are with their daughter, Marie-Francoise, at this sad time.

Helen Rodney (friend and former colleague)

Entered February 11, 2019 from Victoria

A fine gentleman is gone; I will remember both Luis and Jacquie very fondly from Lisbon days.

Joan Barnet (friend)

Entered February 12, 2019 from VANCOUVER

While living in Lisbon in the mid 80's I met and made friends with the Bustos while they were posted there with the Canadian Embassy. They were both kind and generous souls, involved in all kinds of interesting pursuits and they were wonderful hosts. Many fond memories. . . . .


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