8 August 2013
Rod McGregor passes away
TORONTO—Maclean-Hunter and Yorkville Group of Companies veteran Rod McGregor died August 4, 2013, in Toronto. He was 74.

Born on December 21, 1938, McGregor grew up in Toronto's west end. He studied at Etobicoke Collegiate, Western Technical School, and attended Ryerson for a short period of time. He served as president and chief executive officer of The Yorkville Group of Companies, growing it from a small print business into a multimillion-dollar privately-owned enterprise. He continued on in his leadership role when the firm was sold to Maclean-Hunter in 1986. He retired in 1991.

"Rod was an industry jewel throughout his entire career," said the Data Group's John H. Greenhough, who worked with McGregor at Maclean-Hunter. "His attention for detail in every facet of the business, particularly for his customers, was legendary."

McGregor was surrounded by his family, children Laura (and Don) Ross (Emily, Sarah), Duncan (and Shelby) McGregor (Mack, James, Dash) and brother Duncan (and Lynn) McGregor, who has a wealth of print experience himself, well regarded for spearheading the growth of one-time sheetfed powerhouse Arthurs-Jones. McGregor was also survived by his sister-in-law Betty Robertson, aunt Dorothy, and his many nieces, nephews and cousins. He was predeceased by his wife Margo in 2007, his mother Genia, and his father Reid, who was a partner at Arthurs-Jones.

Visitations will be held at the Yorke Chapel of Turner and Porter on August 12, 2013. A memorial is scheduled for August 13 at 12 noon at the Kingsway-Lambton United Church.
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