In Celebration of

Sven Harald Jurschewsky

November 19, 1945 -  October 10, 2018

Peacefully at the Ottawa Civic Hospital after a short but courageous fight with cancer with his family by his side. Beloved husband of Sabaina Jurschewsky (nee Nartey) and loving and devoted father to Kiri. Predeceased by his parents Harald and Nina Jurschewsky and his brother Alexander. He is also survived by his sister-in-law Theresa Jurschewsky (nee Cowan) and his niece Natasha and nephew Sven.

Sven was born in a refugee facility located in the American post-war zone in Gunzberg Germany. He immigrated to Canada (Montreal) with his parents at the young age of six months. Montreal became his city (the Canadiens, Expos and Alouettes). In 1976, Sven joined the then Department of External Affairs and enjoyed a very successful diplomatic career spanning 38 years, retiring in 2014. He specialized in political-military affairs, international security and intelligence and nuclear arms control. While posted to the Canadian Embassy in Beijing as head of the political section (1999-2003), he was chiefly responsible for the establishment of Canada’s diplomatic relations with North Korea.
Sven also served in Vienna (1978, 1995-1999), Berlin/Bonn (1979-1981), Lagos (1986-1989), Beijing (1999-2003), Zagreb (2003-2006) and New Delhi (2009-2012). In Ottawa, he was deeply involved in Canada’s participation in IMF/World Bank negotiations with many developing countries restructuring their debts. To see the results of these negotiations, he requested a posting to Lagos Nigeria to observe the results on the ground. He was a principal negotiator for the Charter for European Security and the lead negotiator of the 1995 extension of the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty, a land mark treaty.

Sven will be also greatly missed by the many close friends and colleagues he made throughout his career at the Department of Foreign Affairs and International Trade, other federal government departments, numerous foreign ministries, international organizations and academia.

A Memorial Service and Celebration of Life will be held at a later date to be announced. In lieu of flowers, donations to the Canadian Cancer Society would be appreciated by the family. Funeral arrangements entrusted to Beechwood Funeral, Cemetery and Cremation Services, 280 Beechwood Avenue, Ottawa.


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Carl Nicholson (Friend)

Entered October 15, 2018 from Ottawa

So many great memories of a great man , smart, caring, compassionate, gentle, an always ready wit. I will miss you dearly my brother. Thank you for being you.

Christopher Brown (Friend and Colleague of many ears...)

Entered October 15, 2018 from Victoria

We are all unique; but we do not always travel to the beat of our drum, he did; always.

Jean-Guy Desgagne (Close friend)

Entered October 16, 2018 from Longueuil

Sven will be sorely missed.
He was a great and a true friend. His intellect, his culture, his sense of humor but above all, his generosity and his loyalty towards his family and friends, will remain a lasting memory to all of us who were close to Him.

Michel de Salaberry (ami)

Entered October 16, 2018 from Ottawa

Grateful to have been a friend of Sven's. Much love to his family.

Richard Ryder-Burbidge (Friend and colleague.)

Entered October 16, 2018 from Kingston

What a great conversation. Lasted many years. Hopefully, will pick up at our next RV. Bestest RB


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