G. Peter English, 76, the retired owner and publisher of the Holstein Journal in Canada died on Nov. 29 in hospital at Newmarket, Ont.
He grew up on the Enghill Holstein farm of his parents, Gordon and Eleanor English, Hastings, Ont., which was awarded the Master Breeder shield in 1968. He was a graduate of the Ontario Agricultural College in Guelph and was a member of the winning OAC dairy judging team at the Royal Winter Fair in 1966.
Upon graduation in 1967 he joined the staff of the Holstein Journal magazine and was named advertising manager in 1978. In 1987 he became an owner – partner with Don Mackenzie, Keith Boddaert and Bruce Murchison, becoming sole owner in 1991.
His commitment to the publication, its readers and advertisers and the Holstein industry in Canada was his lifetime’s work. He continuously kept the magazine at the cutting edge of new technology moving from letterpress and lead type to the latest desktop publishing, establishing a web site and on-line versions of the Journal. He traveled countless miles attending Holstein shows, sales, meetings and farm calls, with many long days in the office.
Under his ownership, the Journal was very supportive of many industry events and functions through donations as well as publicity. He was presented with Holstein Canada’s Certificate of Recognition in 2008. In 2015, he received the Supreme Dairy Show’s International Friend Award in Quebec.
In March 2019 English announced that he was ceasing publication of the Holstein Journal after 81 years of continuous publication. He planned to continue conducting the Holstein Journal’s All-Canadian Contest and at the time of his death was working on the 2019 contest.
English was one of six children, leaving a brother and four sisters and was the beloved uncle of several nieces and nephews. A funeral mass is scheduled for 11 a.m. on Dec. 4 at Our Lady of Mount Carmel Church in Hastings, Ont., with a reception to follow.
-Prepared with assistance from Bonnie Cooper, longtime and now retired Journal editor.