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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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J. Pearce Bunting embraced technology at the Toronto Stock Exchange

By on May 11, 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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Anglican priest, author Tom Harpur argued that Jesus was an allegory

By on February 9, 2017 in Articles with 0 Comments
Anglican priest, author Tom Harpur argued that Jesus was an allegory

Tom Harpur was a devout Christian who was not certain that Jesus existed, but did believe in the principles that were taught in his name. He knew before he wrote his most powerful book, The Pagan Christ, that his views would be controversial and unsettling. “My goal is not to summarily dismiss the deep beliefs […]

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Jean Portugal chronicled stories of Canadian veterans

By on January 12, 2017 in Articles with 0 Comments
Jean Portugal chronicled stories of Canadian veterans

Jean Portugal, who has died at the age of 95, spent years chronicling the accounts of Canadian veterans of the Second World War, and published their stories as We Were There, in seven volumes. Ms. Portugal, who worked for The Globe and Mail for many years, was named to the Order of Canada in recognition […]

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