Thursday, February 27, 2014

Peter Worthington remembered on Newspaper Day

TORONTO - The Toronto Sun’s founding editor, Peter Worthington, was fondly remembered during Newspaper Day 2014 ceremonies on Thursday.

The event, held by the Advertising Club of Toronto at the Arcadian Court downtown, featured awards and speeches from professionals in the newspaper industry, focusing on achievements by the print advertising community.

Toronto Sun Publisher Mike Power recalled the time Worthington filed his own obituary a few years before his May 12, 2013 death.

“He didn’t trust anyone to write it,” Power joked.

A Second World War veteran who traveled the globe in search of a good story, Worthington was considered “a compass for everyone at the Sun,” he said.

“If there was a big issue or a big story, people would go to him,” Power said.

Worthington joined the Toronto Telegram in 1956, working as a foreign correspondent.

When the paper folded, he was one of the primary figures — along with Doug Creighton and Don Hunt — who pushed to start the Toronto Sun in 1971.

He was fearless, honest, and didn’t stop working until a few weeks before he passed away, Power noted.

“Peter’s version of retirement was writing 40 to 50 hours a week and coming in to the office, which he did until about a month before he died,” he said. “He was a great man and he is missed and will always be remembered by those he touched.”
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