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Revered TV journalist Michael Maclear achieved historic scoops

By on January 5, 2019 in Articles with 0 Comments
Revered TV journalist Michael Maclear achieved historic scoops

Michael Maclear, who died in Toronto on Christmas Day at the age of 89, was a pioneering foreign correspondent for CBC Television. His work took him to more than 80 countries, but his greatest achievement came in Vietnam. There he attained what no other TV news reporter dared to hope for: access to North Vietnam, […]

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Lyman Potts was a founding father of Canada’s music industry

By on December 11, 2018 in Articles with 0 Comments
Lyman Potts was a founding father of Canada’s music industry

Lyman Potts compiled a huge catalogue of Canadian content for radio stations. He did it not because some government edict told him to, but because he wanted to. Mr. Potts, who has died at 102, built the foundations for the Canadian music industry by creating domestic content for radio stations, recording bands and singers in […]

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Activist Harry Leslie Smith gained fame in his 90s with passionate advocacy for public health care

By on November 29, 2018 in Articles with 0 Comments
Activist Harry Leslie Smith gained fame in his 90s with passionate advocacy for public health care

Although he had little formal education, Harry Leslie Smith, who died on Wednesday at the age of 95, became famous for writing and speaking eloquently about Britain’s National Health Service and the human toll of poverty. His own impoverished childhood in Yorkshire and the death of his sister Marion from tuberculosis at the age of […]

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Eric Murray, 89, was Canada’s greatest bridge player of the 20th century

By on July 15, 2018 in Articles with 0 Comments
Eric Murray, 89, was Canada’s greatest bridge player of the 20th century

Eric Murray was the greatest Canadian bridge player of the 20th century, according to his bridge partner, many of his opponents and the Canadian Bridge Federation, which describes him as ”the greatest Canadian bridge player ever.” Mr. Murray, who died last month at the age of 89, dominated bridge tournaments in this country for four […]

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Fighter pilot shot down 15 enemy planes in Second World War

By on July 15, 2018 in Articles with 0 Comments
Fighter pilot shot down 15 enemy planes in Second World War

Don Laubman, who died in Red Deer, Alta., on June 20 at the age of 96, was one of the top air aces of the Second World War. Remarkably, he shot down 15 German aircraft, even though he only arrived in England in 1942, three years after the start of the war. He was the […]

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Philanthropist Jacqueline Desmarais nurtured the opera world

By on March 21, 2018 in Articles with 0 Comments
Philanthropist Jacqueline Desmarais nurtured the opera world

When her husband’s first big deal was hanging in the balance, Jacqueline Desmarais, who died this month at the age of 89, said to him: “Don’t worry, Paul, if it doesn’t work out, I can go back to nursing.” Her husband told the story at her 80th birthday party. “They were the original power couple, […]

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Francess Halpenny, 98, was an undisputed star of the editing world

By on January 22, 2018 in Articles with 0 Comments
Francess Halpenny, 98, was an undisputed star of the editing world

Francess Halpenny, who died on Christmas Day at the age of 98, was a powerhouse in the world of letters in Canada. She was a top editor with the University of Toronto Press at a time when the esteemed publishing house was expanding its international reputation; she was editor of the Dictionary of Canadian Biography, […]

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Arnold Amber was CBC TV’s behind-the-scenes mastermind

By on September 11, 2017 in Articles with 0 Comments
Arnold Amber was CBC TV’s behind-the-scenes mastermind

Most viewers never knew his name, but Arnold Amber, who died in Toronto on Labour Day at the age of 77, was the brains behind TV programs that millions of Canadians watched. For a decade and a half, he was the man in charge of special news broadcasts at the CBC, covering elections, leadership conventions, […]

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J. Pearce Bunting embraced technology at the Toronto Stock Exchange

By on June 19, 2017 in Articles with 0 Comments
J. Pearce Bunting embraced technology at the Toronto Stock Exchange

J. Pearce Bunting, who died last month at the age of 87, was president of the Toronto Stock Exchange for 17 years, from 1977 to 1994. He was from central casting: handsome, well dressed, with impeccable manners and a fine pedigree; he was the public ideal of what a stock exchange president should be. He […]

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Adventurer Jack MacKenzie was the oldest man to ski to the North Pole

By on June 19, 2017 in Articles with 0 Comments
Adventurer Jack MacKenzie was the oldest man to ski to the North Pole

Jack MacKenzie, who died last month at the age of 95, had a remarkable string of accomplishments in his long life: He was the oldest man ever to ski to the North Pole; made 30 trips across the North Atlantic during the Second World War, ferrying aircraft to Britain; was the first federal taxman in […]

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