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A picture of the beneficent Lord Black

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- Alana Black, Lord Black's daughter

After visiting Lourdes in Southern France, Lord Black was "deeply affected by the spiritual and physical comfort that faith brought so many of the sick and severely disabled." - Brian Stewart, CBC journalist described as Lord Black's oldest and dearest friend



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Lawyers for Conrad Black have gathered stories attesting to the former press baron's character from about 100 letters of support. They make up a large part of a presentencing submission to the court, released yesterday and portray him as a kind and generous man who was made significant contributions to literature, scholarship, politics, business, and to the welfare of his fellow man.

CHARLES MOORE related that Conrad was never in too much of a hurry to listen to ones problems and in some instances discovered personal difficulties suffered by his staff even without being told. Conrad discovered, for example, that Mr. Moore's daughter had a serious health problem, sent her a present and asked for a progress report. {bull} LEON HARRIS reflected on the consistent kindness Conrad exhibited when his Mr. Harris' brother, Lewis, who had worked for Conrad as the editor of the Sherbrooke record, was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer. Conrad not only stayed in constant touch with Lewis during his illness, but after Lewis' death contributed to a journalism scholarship the family set up in Lewis' name. {bull} DANIEL COLSON's letter told of a time in which Conrad ensured that a non staff editorial contributor who became terminally ill was hired as a full time employee so that he would have health benefits.

{bull} EMMETT TYRRELL related that Conrad kept older writers on staff to protect their livelihood and dignity. {bull} Mr. Black arranged for a housekeeper named Leonor whose English was limited to attend Hunter College to advance her opportunities in this country. Mr. Black also paid Leonor's tuition and ensured she had the time to attend classes. {bull} When another housekeeper, Julia, suffered a nervous breakdown due to her divorce, Mr. Black paid close attention to her problems and paid for a year of therapy to help bring her out of her depression. {bull} JOHN HILLIER also suffered depression as a result of a divorce. ... Conrad welcomed both Mr. Hillier and his two children to live at his home ... Mr. Hillier wrote: 'I have found Mr. Black to be a person that shows his compassion and kindness to many people and always will find time to be available to you if needed. I am very privileged to be known by and to call Mr. Black a friend.' {bull} DOMINIC LAWSON WRITES OF THE FACT THAT WHEN HIS YOUNGER DAUGHTER WAS BORN WITH A SIGNIFICANT GENETIC DISABILITY, CONRAD CAME TO HIS HOME TO OFFER MORAL SUPPORT WHEN OTHER FRIENDS HE HAD KNOWNMORE INTIMATELY THAN CONRAD HAD FELT UNABLE TO DO THE SAME. {bull} Conrad became concerned that Dina, the lady who helped clean the office, was working too far into her pregnancy and expressed his concerns to her personally. {bull} After having left a conference to take a sick friend to the hospital and stay with him throughout the night, Conrad was astonished that he should be complimented for his thoughtfulness.



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