He was trained at the Reserve Officers' Training Corps and studied at the Canadian Army Japanese Language School during World War II. He served with the Canadian Intelligence Corps, rising to the rank of Captain. Postings included Singapore and Bangkok, Thailand.
In 1949, he received a law degree from Dalhousie University, and then pursued a career as a diplomat.
Served as Canadian High Commissioner to India until 9 Jul 1964 (succeeded by Roland Michener).
From 1971 to 1974 he held a dual position as High Commissioner to Malaysia and also Ambassador to Burma (Myanmar).
In 1975, he lectured in Foreign Affairs at Queens University, Kingston, Ontario, before retiring to Seabright with his late wife Lois Adele (Angus) Rettie.
In 2004, Edward and his son Alex were two of the plaintiffs in a case in the Supreme Court of Nova Scotia regarding public access rights to Frank Georges Island.
↑ Gordon D. Feir, Translating the Devil: Captain Llewellyn C Fletcher Canadian Army Intelligence Corps In Post War Malaysia and Singapore (Lulu Press, Inc, 2014), chapter 9.
↑ Foreign Affairs and International Trade Canada, Canadian Heads of Posts Abroad from 1880 (This source says he was also High Commissioner to Singapore. However, Canadian Representatives Abroad, Department of Internal Affairs, January 1973 does not list him in Singapore.)
↑'New envoy', The Straits Times, 25 November 1971, p. 3, accessed April 22, 2017, NewspaperSG, National Library Board, Singapore.