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Former North Island Gazette editor dies

February 19, 2011

The North Island Gazette reports that a former editor, Peter Paterson, died in his sleep last week at the age of 80.

Mr. Paterson was a man of many talents and worked in a variety of occupations but journalism was his passion, says his daughter Becky Deans, who worked by his side at the Gazette.


Peter edited the paper from 1975 to 1985, during which it was named the best all-round newspaper in the country. He left in the ’80s for Nova Scotia, where he worked for another community newspaper, but returned to Port Hardy at the start of the last decade and started a competing newspaper. The MidCoast Beacon, however, closed in 2002 but the Gazette reports that Peter kept writing.

“He was brilliant,” said Deans, who added her father loved literature, poetry, history, philosophy and the arts. “He never wrote his book; he wanted to. There are still tons of manuscripts that were never finished. He always had something on the go.”

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