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TORONTO – Canadian Prime Minister-designate Justin Trudeau, former prime minister Joe Clark and the U.S. ambassador attended the funeral of Canada's ambassador to Iran who sheltered Americans at his residence during the 1979 hostage crisis.
Ken Taylor died on Oct. 16 of colon cancer. Taylor kept the Americans hidden at his residence and at the home of his deputy, John Sheardown, in Tehran for three months. Taylor facilitated their escape by arranging plane tickets and persuading the Canadian government to issue fake passports.
He was heralded in the U.S. as a hero for helping save the Americans in the clandestine operation.
Clark, Canada's prime minister in 1979, said at Tuesday's funereal that Taylor's conduct and courage earned the admiration of the world. He says it was a very Canadian thing to do.