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"SHR" 2007 Obituary


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SHRIER o@ca.on.middlesex_county.london.london_free_press 2007-07-22 published
SHRIER rose in ranks of newspaper industry
By Dave SYKES, Sun Media, Sun., July 22, 2007
Goderich -- No matter how successful he became in the newspaper publishing industry, Robert (Bob) G. SHRIER never compromised the belief that success was a combination of a personal vision and the development and dedication of a good staff.
The man who developed a thriving printing and publishing company in rural Ontario from a personal dream to own his own newspaper, SHRIER died in hospital here Monday after a brief illness. He was 72.
Owner and publisher of the Goderich Signal-Star for more than 22 years, SHRIER and his former wife, Jocelyn (Jo) were well-known and respected in the community and publishing business.
Born in Cambridge in 1935, SHRIER showed the innate ability to sell when he took a job as shoe salesperson at the age of 14 to support the family through difficult times.
The family moved to Ottawa and SHRIER landed a job at the Ottawa Journal, a Thomson newspaper.
Working through many of the daily papers in the Thompson chain, SHRIER became an effective sales manager, known for building strong retail relationships and community ties wherever he worked.
In 1961, Goderich Signal-Star owner George ELLIS placed a classified ad in the Globe and Mail looking for a salesperson and newsman to join the local community newspaper in a "small town where future possibilities are excellent."
SHRIER answered the call to sell ads in the Signal-Star and he doubled as a writer, mostly producing weekly sports-related columns.
By 1962, SHRIER had bought a 10 per cent interest in the paper.
Three years later, he finally realized a lifelong dream by buying the Signal-Star.
"It takes more than vision and ambition," SHRIER said in an 1987 interview. "You have to have good people that will work with you, not for you."
In 1966, SHRIER bought a printing press that propelled the company's rapid growth.
Within a year, the company had acquired the Clinton News Record and in 1969, the Kincardine News was purchased.
SHRIER believed newspapers were essential to the economic health of communities.
"It is the duty of a newspaper to have the retailers of the community use the newspaper as an advertising vehicle to keep the money in the town and therefore, keep dollars in the town," he once said.
While the publishing business was expanding, more than 20 community newspapers in Western Ontario were being printed in Goderich.
By the time the SHRIERs sold the business to the St. Catharines Standard Ltd. in 1987, the company had grown to include publications in Mitchell, Lucknow, Seaforth, Zurich-Grand Bend and Walkerton and various specialty publications such as Focus and Leisure Life tourist magazine.
A sought-after speaker, he published several books.

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SHROTT o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2007-09-14 published
HUNTER, Lorna Alleyne
Peacefully on September 5, 2007 at Kensington Gardens, Toronto. Daughter of the late Joseph and Annie (HART.) Sister of Harry and Evelyn (deceased) fondly remembered by many cousins and Friends. Lorna had many passions but they all came second to what she loved best, people. No matter whom Lorna met or dealt with once she had, 'checked you out' and decided you were okay you were rarely allowed to escape her gracious and generous Friendship. Thanks to the staff of 4 West at Kensington Gardens for their compassionate care, especially Doctor SHROTT and Jessy John. Cremation has taken place and a celebration of Lorna's life will be held sometime in the future. Please refer to the web site of Humber Valley United Church in Toronto for information. www.hvuc.ca In lieu of flowers, donations to a charity of your choice.

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