FULGENCE CHARPENTIER, JOURNALIST AND DIPLOMAT
 
Born at Sainte-Anne-de-Prescott, Ontario, on June 29, 1897, the life of this journalist and diplomat spanned three centuries. He served as parliamentary correspondent in Ottawa (1922-1930) for Le Droit, La Presse, Le Soleil and Le Canada. From 1930 to 1936, he was an alderman, than a comptroller for the City of Ottawa. He worked on the French edition of the Journals of the House of Commons starting in 1936, and headed the Canadian Censorship Board during the Second World War. Charpentier joined the Department of External Affairs in 1947 and was appointed successively cultural attaché in Paris (1948-1953), chargé d’affaires in South America (1953-1957) and Haiti (1957-1960), and ambassador to several African states (Cameroon, Gabon, Chad, Central African Republic and Congo-Brazzaville) from 1962 to 1965. On returning to Canada, he accepted what he thought would be his last position, as director of media relations for Expo ’67 in Montreal. However the daily newspaper Le Droit offered him the position of assistant editor-in-chief, and Charpentier continued to write a weekly column on international affairs until 1998. In 1943, he was appointed Member of the British Empire and in 1999 an officer of the Order of Canada. In 1997, Le Monde published a tribute to the centenarian journalist, who had just been made a chevalier of the Légion d’honneur. Married twice, he was the father of six children. Fulgence Charpentier died in Ottawa on February 6, 2001, at the age of 103.