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Tuesday March 1, 2011

ROBERT JOSEPH REGULY
1931 - 2011
Bob Reguly died at his home in Toronto on Feb. 24, after a long battle with heart disease. He was 80 and remained courageous and optimistic until the end. The son of Slovak immigrants, Bob was born in Fort William (now Thunder Bay), Ontario, and attended the University of Western Ontario, where he indulged his love of literature and earned beer money as a parachute stunt jumper. He later joined the Saskatchewan Smokejumpers, a band of brave and cocky young men who parachuted into forest fires to put them out. Bob never lost his sense of daring and adventures. He spent most of his journalism career as a hard-charging investigative reporter and foreign correspondent for the Toronto Star in the United States, the Middle East, Africa and Asia. He covered the Viet Nam and Indo-Pakistani wars, was standing near Bobby Kennedy when he was assassinated and, mistaken for a spy, was nearly executed in a Palestinian refugee camp. His most famous exploit was breaking the Gerda Munsinger sex-spy story in 1966, for which he won one of his three National Newspaper Awards. Bob later made TV documentaries and finished his career as a communications officer in the Ontario government. In his last years, he continued to write, mostly environmental stories, and to support the Canadian Slovak community. He is survived by his wife Ada, daughters Susan and Rebecca, all of Toronto, and son Eric, of Rome. Bob's funeral and celebration of his life will be held at 2:30pm on Sunday, March 6, at the Pine Hills Cemetery, 625 Birchmount Rd., north of St. Clair Ave. East, Scarborough, Ontario. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Temmy Latner Centre for Palliative Care, Mount Sinai, www.tlcpc.org, or the Schulich Heart Centre's Structural Heart Program at Sunnybrook, www.sunnybrook.ca

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