John A. Tory

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John A. Tory
Born John Arnold Tory
(1930-03-07)March 7, 1930
Toronto, Ontario
Died April 3, 2011(2011-04-03) (aged 81)
Florida, United States
Resting place
Mount Pleasant Cemetery
Occupation lawyer and corporate executive
Children John Tory
Relatives John S. D. Tory, father
James Marshall Tory, brother

John Arnold Tory, QC (March 7, 1930 – April 3, 2011)[1] was a Canadian lawyer and corporate executive.

Life and career[edit]

Born in Toronto, he was one of two sons of John Stewart Donald Tory. Together with his twin brother James Marshall Tory, he entered the practice of law in 1953, later founding the firm of Tory, Tory, Deslauriers (now Torys LLP) and was appointed a Queen's Counsel in 1965.

After successfully guiding the build-up of Torys, John ceased practising law in 1974 and began working full-time for the Thomson family, first under founder Roy Thomson and then, following Roy's death in 1976, for his son Kenneth, eventually becoming President of the family's principal holding company, The Woodbridge Company Limited. Until his death he was the president of Thomson Investments Limited. John was a friend and financial advisor of the late media magnate Kenneth Thomson for fifty years and continued until his death to serve on the board of Thomson Reuters, company formed by the merger of Thomson Corporation with international news service Reuters. The Globe and Mail described him as the "sage consigliere to the Thomson family."[2]

He was a close friend of the late media magnate Ted Rogers and served on the board of directors of Rogers Communications since 1979.

Tory was also a friend to Joseph S. Atkinson, Toronto Star publisher.[3] despite their political positions (Tory had ties to Conservatives and Atkinson with the Liberal Party).

Tory was educated at University of Toronto Schools and the University of Toronto from which he earned his law degree in 1952. He is the father of former Progressive Conservative Party of Ontario leader John H. Tory. His other children are Jennifer (born 1955), Jeffrey (born 1960) and Michael (born 1961). He is uncle of James C. Tory, his brother's son and member of the firm.

Tory suffered a stroke on April 1, 2011 while at his Florida home and died early Sunday morning, April 3, 2011.[4] He was 81.


  1. ^ Martin, Sandra (April 9, 2011). "John A. Tory: A quiet, humble man who shaped Canadian dynasties". The Globe and Mail (Toronto). 
  2. ^ Pitts, Gordon (December 2, 2008). "Relentless". Toronto: The Globe and Mail. Retrieved 2009-01-08. 
  3. ^ Ogilvie, Megan (April 3, 2011). "Obituary: Lawyer John A. Tory guided Canada's mightiest men". The Star (Toronto). 
  4. ^ Ogilvie, Megan (April 3, 2011). "Obituary: Lawyer John A. Tory guided Canada’s mightiest men". The Toronto Star. Retrieved 2011-04-03. 

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