Tuesday 1 March 2011

30 - Bob Reguly

Updated 2/3/11 re John Downing blog
Bob Reguly, whose lengthy award-winning career as an investigative reporter included a  four-year stay at the Toronto Sun, died from heart disease last week at age 80.

During his Toronto Star years, Reguly found Gerda Munsinger, in hiding in 1966 during one of Canada's most sensational government sex scandals.

Veteran journalist and author Richard Gwyn says in a Canadian Press story  Reguly's accomplishments on the Munsinger story have never been equalled.

Reguly moved to the Sun in 1977.

But the Thunder Bay native's stay later at the Toronto Sun was cut short in 1981 by the successful John Munro libel suit over a story he worked on with Don Ramsay.

The CP story reads:

Reguly and Donald Ramsay shared a byline on a Sun article that accused Indian and Northern Development Minister John Munro of benefiting financially from inside knowledge of a major government purchase.

Reguly joined the project late and admitted that he had failed to verify Ramsay's earlier work. He resigned from the Toronto Sun, later accepting a public relations post with Ontario's environment ministry.

Reguly is survived by his wife Ada, daughters Susan and Rebecca, all of Toronto, and son Eric, a Globe and Mail correspondent based in Rome.

A Globe and Mail obit today says Bob's funeral and celebration of his life will be held at 2:30 p.m. Sunday (March 6)  at the Pine Hills Cemetery, 625 Birchmount Rd.

The Star's story is here.

Memories of Bob can be emailed to TSF.

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