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"ABF" 2005 Obituary


ABF o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2005-01-29 published
HAUGHTON, Clifford, 1990
Saturday, January 29, 2005 - Page S7
Businessman born in Toronto in 1930. A man who never went beyond high school, he first learned the print trade and then, at 22, went out on his own to start the printing concern Haughton Graphics. Trained in the hardscrabble school of small business, he got his start with an old hand-fed press and $500 in the bank. He then went out and won a lucrative contract to print business forms for Volkswagen, then an fast-expanding entrant in Canada's automotive trade. In 1969, his ABF Automated Business Forms Ltd. bought Comset Business Forms of Edmonton to form ABF Automated Business Forms (Western) Ltd. Significantly, he had also become a partner of John BASSETT. Baton Broadcasting Inc. owned 52 per cent of his company and Mr. HAUGHTON retained 38 per cent. By then, he was a fierce defender of the free-enterprise system so much so that he spent $55,000 to take out advertisements in Canadian newspapers attacking then prime minister Pierre TRUDEAU. The previously unknown businessman became a national celebrity. In 1981, Baton purchased all the outstanding shares of C.F. Haughton Ltd. and Mr. HAUGHTON took early retirement and moved to his property near Markham.

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