Both men were close friends. Schmidt, who led West Germany from 1974 to 1982, died on November 10 at the age of ninety-seven. At least one obituary in the German press mentioned the visit he paid to Montreal in the spring of 2011 to lay a wreath at the grave of Pierre Trudeau.
Trudeau is buried in St-Remi on the south shore, the traditional family home. Schmidt was on a wheelchair, accompanied by Jean Chrétien and Tom Axworthy, principal secretary of Trudeau.
“There was a lot of respect between the two of them,” Chrétien said. “They were both intellectuals.”
At one point during the visit, the former German chancellor placed his hand over his heart and held it there briefly.
Source: Toronto Star, June 2, 2011