Jays lose a good friend

BOB ELLIOTT -- Toronto Sun

, Last Updated: 7:16 AM ET

Peter Widdrington, one of the links to the Blue Jays glory days, is dead.

Widdrington, chairman of the board when the Jays won back-to-back World Series titles in 1992-93, passed away Friday following a massive heart attack in Aspen, Colo.

"I've lost my brother and I've lost my best friend," his younger brother Mike said last night. "I don't care what his birth certificate said, he acted like he was 45 years of age."

Mike said his brother was on a 25th annual ski trip and was about to get into a cab to go to dinner when he was felled by the heart attack.

AVID TENNIS PLAYER

Peter Widdrington was an avid tennis player, was involved with Tennis Canada and the Canadian Baseball Hall of Fame.

The Toronto native attended Queen's University and then received his MBA from Harvard. He worked for John Labatt for 37 years in Manitoba, Ontario, British Columbia and San Francisco, before joining the Jays board in 1980.

As chairman of the board of Labatt, Widdrington gave Gordon Craig $25 million for the creation of TSN in 1984. He also served as chairman of the board of Laidlaw Transport.

When Major League Baseball commissioner Fay Vincent was forced into resigning Sept. 7, 1992, Widdrington took over as administrator of the executive council.

Widdrington is survived by his wife Betty Ann and their daughters Cindy and Stacy, both of Toronto. Services are expected to be held Friday.

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