Saul Rae dies

Saul Rae, a former Canadian ambassador and political patriarch, died peacefully at his home in Ottawa on Saturday. He was 84.

He was the father of Bob Rae, the former premier of Ontario.

Another son is John who is an executive with Montreal-based Power Corporation and a key political advisor to Prime Minister Jean Chretien.

Rae spent most of his working life in the Canadian foreign service. He was one of the first Canadian diplomats to serve in Paris after the French capital was liberated in 1944.

Rae was appointed Canadian ambassador to the United Nations in 1962. He went on to take ambassadorships in Mexico, Guatemala, again at the United Nations and the Netherlands before retiring in 1979.

Prime Minister Jean Chretien described Rae as one of the most impressive people he's ever known.

Funeral services will be held on Wednesday in Ottawa.