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ADT o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2005-02-14 published
Former Blue Jays chairman
Canadian Press, Monday, February 14, 2005 - Page S7
Toronto -- Peter WIDDRINGTON, the long-time Labatt executive and former chairman of the Toronto Blue Jays, has died, the baseball club said yesterday. He was 75.
WIDDRINGTON was on a ski trip in Aspen, Colorado., when he suffered a heart attack on Friday.
"The entire Toronto Blue Jays family is saddened by the loss of Peter WIDDRINGTON, who was truly one of the fathers of baseball in Canada," Blue Jays president Paul GODFREY said. "He was passionate about our great game through all of his years and made an invaluable contribution to our organization."
WIDDRINGTON skied on Friday morning, had lunch with some Friends at a comedy club, then got into a taxi and suffered the heart attack, said Tom VALCKE, the president and chief executive officer of the Canadian Baseball Hall of Fame.
"He always lived life to the fullest," VALCKE said. "He was always skiing or sailing."
WIDDRINGTON had gone to Aspen just days after joining VALCKE in New York, where they met with Charles Bronfman to ask him to sponsor the Hall's planned academy at Saint Mary's Ontario
"He had the personality and the charm to look a Charles Bronfman in the eye and make a proposal to him," VALCKE said. "He was at that level.
"Although Peter was just a member of our advisory board, he would walk the walk."
Well known as he was in baseball circles -- WIDDRINGTON was a board member with the Blue Jays from 1976 until the mid 1990s he was equally as famous in the business world.
He began his career at Labatt in 1955 as a salesman and worked his way up the ladder. He became president and Chief Executive Officer in 1973, a position he held until 1989. He also served as the chairman of the brewery from 1987 to 1991.
The graduate of Queen's University and Harvard Business School was also a former chairman of Laidlaw and Talisman Energy and a board member at SNC-Lavalin Group, Haynes-Dana, ADT and the Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce, among others.
More recently, he served as the chairman of Brick Brewing and vice-chairman of the board for Radiology Corporation of America. He also served on the board of Gatekeepers Business Solutions.

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ADT o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.toronto_star 2005-03-14 published
(Employee of ADT Security, Mississauga; Past President of Etobicoke/ Queensway Lions Club; Secretary of Caledon Lions Club Inc.; Recipient of Judge Brian Stevenson Fellowship Award; Member of Mono Mills United Church) Suddenly, at his home, on Saturday, March 12, 2005, Leyf COLTMAN, Mono Mills, in his 41st year, beloved husband of Viola MacRAE. Dear son of Lloyd COLTMAN of Kelowna, British Columbia, Olga COLTMAN of Vernon, British Columbia and dear stepson of Agnes COLTMAN. Dear brother of Scott and his wife Cheryl COLTMAN, Vancouver, British Columbia. Loving grand_son of Jeanette COLTMAN, Richmond Hill and Zoya OSSIPOFF, Jackson's Point. Dear nephew of Zina and Mary F. Dear stepfather of Dean Edwards and Fred Burke. Leyf will be sadly missed by family and Friends in Ontario and Cape Breton Island, Nova Scotia. The family will receive their Friends at the Egan Funeral Home, 203 Queen Street S. (Hwy. 50), Bolton (905-857-2213) Wednesday afternoon 2-4 and evening 7-9 o'clock. Funeral service will be held in Mono Mills United Church on Thursday, March 17 at 2 o'clock. Interment MacRae Family Cemetery, Dundee, Cape Breton Island, Nova Scotia. Condolences for the family may be offered at

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