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His death at age 81 has left pundits and reporters struggling to assess the full measure of his role in the Thomson empire

Ken Thomson and John A. Tory, circa 1984

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John A. Tory in December, 1983.Dennis Robinson/The Globe and Mail

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John A. Tory, seen in photo from May, 1998.Fred Lum/The Globe and Mail

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John A. Tory, photographed in May, 1998.Fred Lum/The Globe and Mail

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John A. ToryBill Gallery

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From left, Kenneth Tompson; Edward Greenspon, then editor-in-chief of The Globe and Mail; John Tory Sr;. and BCE CEO Michael Sabia, were photographed at The Globen in December, 2005.Kevin Van Paassen/The Globe and Mail

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Former Ontario Progressive Conservative party leader John Tory, left, watched his father John Tory Sr. cast his ballot in the 2007 Ontario provincial electionMIKE CASSESE/Reuters

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