Peterborough has lost a tremendous community leader. Tony Smith passed away on February 15. Tony had only been in Peterborough for about 20 years, but he has left an indelible mark.
As a "retired" businessman Tony ran a number of successful ventures, from Tristone Media Group to a mobile dental service. As a volunteer and cancer graduate Tony was deeply involved in the Relay for Life. He served on virtually every committee that our Chamber of Commerce has, including serving on the Board of Directors as Chair. When the Shining Waters Rail (SWR) initiative was in danger of going off the rails, Tony stepped up, helped to create an independent Not for Profit corporation, and slowly but surely established the credibility of SWR. The studies and planning done by SWR attracted the attention of VIA Rail who realized there is potential for a High Frequency Rail service linking Quebec City, Montreal, Ottawa, and Toronto, through Peterborough.
Tony was relentlessly positive, loved to laugh, and had a tremendous compassion for anyone who needed a kind word, or a pat on the back.
At this writing funeral arrangements have not been announced.
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