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Wednesday, December 01, 2010

Rest in Peace - Larry Paterson

It is a sad day indeed for anyone who loves the world of wine, and the wonderful characters who inhabit it. Larry Paterson was such a character. Known as the Little Fat Wino, Larry described himself as: "Married with Children, hatched in June 1953, Retired. Professionally obnoxious, world-class conceited know-it-all and a bore of no mean accomplishment."

Larry succumbed to lung disease a couple of days ago, and will be greatly missed. A natural organizer, Larry spent 30 years working for the LCBO, and endless hours, tirelessly promoting small Ontario wineries, and fearlessly opposing wasteful and feckless bureaucracies.

I met him for the first time at the Ontario Wine Awards, when I emceed a few years back. We spent hours talking with Colio's Doug Beatty, and passed a very pleasant evening together. He was knowledgeable about all aspects of wine, and a hell of a nice guy. I'm sorry I didn't get to know him better.

Funeral for Larry will be at Comstock Funeral Home, at 356 Rubidge Stree, Peterborough. (705) 745-4683

Visitation will take place on Saturday, December 4th, 2010 from 2:00 PM to 4:00 PM, and 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM.
Funeral services will be held in the chapel at 2:00 PM on Sunday, December 5th, 2010. 

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