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John Honderich, former Toronto Star publisher, dead at 75

John Honderich, former Toronto Star publisher, dead at 75

Former Toronto Star editor and publisher John Honderich has died aged 75.

The Canadian businessman was a publisher from 1994 to 2004.

Honderich’s father was the late Beland Honderich, also a former editor of Star.

Much of John Honderich’s professional life revolved around the newspaper, which was founded in 1892 and until recently was partly owned by his family.

Partly to avoid accusations of nepotism, Honderich began his journalism career as a copywriter for the Ottawa Citizen in 1973.

He later became a Member of the Order of Canada and a recipient of the Order of Ontario.

Honderich was also inducted into the Canadian News Hall of Fame in 2014 and won a Lifetime Achievement Award from the Canadian Journalism Foundation in 2019.

Governor General Adrienne Clarkson presents Honderich with the Order of Canada during a ceremony at Rideau Hall in Ottawa on May 14, 2004. (Jonathan Hayward/The Canadian Press)

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