Beland Honderich

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Beland Hugh Honderich
Born (1918-11-25)November 25, 1918
Kitchener, Ontario, Canada
Died November 8, 2005(2005-11-08) (aged 86)
Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada
Occupation newspaper executive
Known for Chairman (1976-1988) and Publisher of the Toronto Star (1966-1988)
Awards Order of Canada

Beland Hugh Honderich, OC (November 25, 1918 – November 8, 2005) was a Canadian newspaper executive who was the Chairman and Publisher of the Toronto Star and Chairman and President of the Torstar Corporation.

Born in Kitchener, Ontario, the son of John Honderich Sr. and Rae Honderich, he was a high school drop-out[1] who worked as a cub reporter for the Kitchener-Waterloo Record before heading to Toronto. He was hired at the Star to replace reporters who went to serve in World War II, as Honderich was rejected by the RCAF due to poor eyesight.

In 1955, he was appointed editor-in-chief of the Toronto Star and a director in 1956. In 1966, he was elected president and publisher of Toronto Star Limited. In 1976, he was appointed Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Torstar Corporation. In 1988, he retired as publisher and moved to Vancouver after his third marriage in 2000.

He died at St. Paul's Hospital in Vancouver after having a stroke. His final request was for cremation.


Honderich was married three times, with two sons and a daughter:

as well as six grandchildren. His brother, the British-Canadian philosopher Ted Honderich, worked for the newspaper in the 1950s.



  1. ^ "Beland Honderich shaped The Star of today". Toronto Star. November 3, 1992. Retrieved January 6, 2010. 

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