Former Sun staffer also remembers lovingly, ‘just for everyone’

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A former Sun staffer is remembered for his legendary wit, intelligence and kind heart.

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Ciaran Ganley, 69, who most recently worked as a manager at Ontario’s Ministry of Government Services before retiring six years ago, died Thursday after a brief illness.

He leaves behind a beautiful personal legacy – Rose Cino, his beloved partner of 32 years; sons CJ, Ciaran, Sean and Kerry; and nine grandchildren who were “the greatest pleasure of his life”.

Born in Ireland, one of Sean and Marion’s 15 children, Ganley came to Canada aged four but never gave up his love for all things Irish.

Rose said going to Ireland with him in the mid-90s as he explored his roots was one of the highlights of their time together.

“People on the plane were saying, ‘Welcome home,'” she recalls.

Ganley started as an apprentice in the print shop before moving to the newsroom, she said.

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At the Toronto Sun, he shone as a journalist, including a stint at Queen’s Park where he was press gallery chairman, before becoming deputy city editor.

“I got a lot of messages from young journalists at the time and he framed them,” Rose said. “He liked people.”

Rose, also a former chair of the press gallery and press secretary to former prime minister David Peterson, said the spark was immediate.

“He was bright and had a great sense of humor and he was attractive…he was outgoing and witty, which made him a great guy,” she said.

CHCH TV reporter Randy Rath, another former press gallery president, said Ganley was a respected member of the gallery.

“He was fair to everyone and all the party bosses liked him, all the press secretaries liked him, he was a lot of fun and he was one of the nicest people I’ve ever met,” Rath said.

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Later, Ganley transitioned smoothly into communications within the Ontario government, able to deftly handle political and bureaucratic assignments.

Sun’s former colleague and friend, Mike Patton, said Ganley recruited him into public service.

“I called him the best boss I ever had because he really was,” Patton said. “He was caring, responsive to feedback…Even though Ciaran and I were, as you would say in the media, ‘on the dark side’, we were always interested in the truth.”

Ganley enjoyed sports, especially baseball, and was an extremely happy and popular member of Bluffers Park Yacht Club.

Ganley donated his body to the University of Toronto for research because he wanted to help others.

His family and friends are planning celebrations of his life in Toronto and Windsor, where he grew up and where he and Rose returned in September to be close to family.

aartuso@postmedia.com

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