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Founder of Toronto Sun dies

Doug Creighton, the veteran journalist who founded the Toronto Sun in 1971 and helped build it into a national chain of papers, dies.

Doug Creighton, the veteran journalist who founded The Toronto Sun in 1971 and helped build it into a national chain of papers, died on Wednesday after a long battle with Parkinson's disease. He was 75.

Creighton began in the mailroom of the former Toronto Telegram in 1948 and later became a police reporter, rising to the post of managing editor.

When the Telegram folded in 1971, Creighton, along with Donald Hunt and Peter Worthington, were able to secure financing to start up the feisty tabloid.

The Toronto Sun launched the next day with Creighton as publisher.

Eventually, Sun papers began in Edmonton, Calgary and Ottawa.

Creighton received a number of journalism awards, as well as the Order of Canada in 1992.

But 1992 was also the year the board of directors fired Creighton as CEO of the Toronto Sun Publishing Corp.

Bitter about his dismissal, Creighton wrote in his 1994 memoirs, Sunburned that his long career at the Sun was extinguished in just 30 seconds.

"The only word to accurately describe Doug Creighton is 'pioneer,'" said Prime Minister Paul Martin on Wednesday. "He had a passionate belief in Canada, and an energetic commitment to life, politics and business. The country is a better place because of him."

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