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Sidney M. Oland Sid Oland, a leading Canadian businessman and lifelong supporter of the arts and cultural organizations, has passed away peacefully at home on December 10, 2008, surrounded by his loving wife and children. Sid, aged 68, was a member of a distinguished Nova Scotia family, famous for brewing and philanthropy as well as for military and public service. His business career began in Halifax in the mid-1960s, as a sales trainee with the then-family-owned Oland Breweries Ltd. It ended in 1995 with his retirement from John Labatt Ltd., Toronto, where he had risen to serve as chief executive officer and later deputy chairman. During his time as chief of Labatt, the firm consolidated its leading position in the Canadian beer market, expanded overseas and substantially expanded its role in the sports and entertainment fields. For Labatt, Sid negotiated a partnership with Anheuser-Busch Inc. to brew and distribute Budweiser in Canada, acquired the famous Morretti brand in Italy and developed important partnerships with regional breweries throughout the United Kingdom. In addition to the company's brewing interests, Sid carried overall responsibility for John Labatt's holdings in the TSN television network and the Toronto Blue Jays (he was especially proud of the Jays' World Series triumphs in 1992 and 1993). As well, he established Labatt's partnership with Michael Cohl and Bill Ballard in Concert Productions International, which quickly became the world's leading rock-show promoter. And he invested Labatt in the successful Williams Formula 1 Grand Prix auto-racing team. A fifth-generation brewer, Sid was classically trained at Bishop's College School, Dalhousie University (B.A., M.A.) and Harvard (MBA). Despite this conventional prelude to a successful career, Sid sometimes valued unconventional thinking (he once hired an artist-in-residence as a counterweight to a spell of excessive seriousness in the Labatt executive suite). In his younger days, Sid served as a lieutenant colonel in the Canadian Army Reserves. This continued a long-standing Oland family tradition. His grandfather, Col. S.C. Oland, served with distinction in World War I. And his father, Victor de B. Oland, was a brigadier-general in World War II, later serving as Lieutenant-Governor of Nova Scotia. Sid was a longtime director of the Shaw Festival at Niagara-on-the-Lake and he served for over 20 years on the Board and then as chairman of the Toronto International Film Festival. As well, he was an avid if somewhat superstitious sports fan who sometimes looked away from the action at crucial moments for fear of jinxing his team. Sid played good schoolboy hockey and college football and loved sailboats. He was a member of the Royal Canadian Yacht Club, the Royal Nova Scotia Yacht Squadron and the Chester Yacht Club, among many others. In retirement, he spent much of his time traveling, reading and enjoying his family. He maintained homes in Toronto, Chester, N.S. and Anguilla. He will be sorely missed by his wife Ingrid Weger, by their daughter "Miss" Sydney (Ross Tiefenthaler), by Linda (Austin Delaney), Victor (Fiona) and Heather ( Robin DeLisle), his beloved children from a previous marriage, and by grandchildren Jack and Sarah, Luke, and Owen and Olivia. As well, Sid leaves a brother Peter, of Bedford, N.S., and two sisters Susan Marshall of Woodville, N.S. and Victoria Mills of Miramichi, N.B. Visitation will be at home, 60 Russell Hill Rd. Toronto, on Thursday, December 11th and Friday, December 12th from 3 pm to 8 pm. Memorial Service at the York Club, 135 St. George Street, Toronto on Saturday, December 13 at 2:30 p.m. A private interment will be held on Tuesday, December 16, 11 am, at the family chapel, Santa Maria del Pilar in Sackville Nova Scotia. Following the interment service, there will be a gathering at the Fo'c'scle Tavern, Chester at 1 p.m. In lieu of flowers, donations to the Canadian Cancer Society are appreciated. Online condolences:

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Published in National Post from Dec. 13 to Dec. 22, 2008.
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December 17, 2008
All of the Oland's grads who came out of the Maritimes to work for Labatt's were especially proud of Sid. His accomplishments aside, he was a good, competent and generous man that we all looked up to. He was an inspiration to us all, he will be remembered and he will be missed.
Ted Boyle
December 15, 2008
My thoughts and prayers are with you in your time of grief. Far too young, far too soon for a great man to leave all those that he touched with kind words.
Mike Milkovich
December 14, 2008
Our best wishes go out to Ingrid and Sydney during this tough time. It was a pleasure to work for Sid on his yacht.
David Chaplin-Saunders
December 13, 2008
Ingrid, Miss Sydney, Ross and all,

We are deeply saddened to learn of your loss. Mister Sid was a perfectly wonderful host to us on our many many trips to Anguilla and Bellavista. We will miss him greatly. One of the most enduring memories for us will always be Sid sitting elegantly on the couch and gazing out at his domain........Road Bay and Sandy Ground. We have a hope and a feeling that he'll have that view for eternity.
Tim Gail & Dillon Byrne
December 12, 2008
Our thoughts & prayers are with you Ingrid & family, Len & Gladys Fleury
gladys Fleury
December 12, 2008
We want to offer our deepest sympathies to Sids family & friends. He was a wonderful person and will never be forgotten.

Your friends from Anguilla
Doris with Teresa & Bernice
Doris Brooks
December 12, 2008
We send our love to Ingrid, Sydney, Linda, Victor, and Heather. What a great loss. He will be sadly missed by all of his family and friends.
Stephanie and family
Stephanie Oland Duncan
December 12, 2008
Ingrid and Miss Sydney, and the rest of the Oland Family. Our thoughts from Anguilla are with you at this time. Our strong memories of Syd both here in Anguilla and Toronto fill us up today. We are thinking of you today and always.

Gayle Enzel Gurvey and Fred Porter
Gayle Enzel
December 11, 2008
Ingrid, our prayers are with you and your family. We have heard such nice things about you and your husband from our daughter Dondra and our future son in-law Michael. May God bless you and the family in your loss.
Jesse & Carrie Henderson
December 11, 2008
Please accept my deepest sympathies.
Julius Minster
December 11, 2008
Our thoughts and prayers are with Ingrid and Sydney and the family and friends who have loved this kind man.

Michael & Virginia
Michael & Virginia Rafuse
December 11, 2008
Deepest condolences from Peter, Anne and Jacob Parles, Kendal Richardson and the staff of Straw Hat Restaurant in Anguilla. Sid was a good friend and a great customer at Straw Hat Restaurant -he was there on opening night, 12 years ago! and a generous supporter of the Anguilla Regatta and th Anguilla Sailing Association for many years. We will miss all the conversations and good times. Our thought are with Ingrid, Sydney and the rest of the family.
Peter Parles
December 11, 2008
To me, "Mr. Sid" will always be respected and warmly remembered as a quiet, strong family man, and a true gentleman in every sense of the word. My thoughts & prayers are with the family at this difficult time.
Nellie Webber
December 11, 2008
He was a great man and I will miss him deeply.
Lisa Denomme
December 11, 2008
Our thoughts & prayers are with you, with Love, Susan & John
Susan Mcluckie
December 11, 2008
May God bless you and your family in this time of sorrow.
Connie Rotundo
December 11, 2008
Sid was a wonderful man and will be sorely missed. My deepest condolences.
Merv Walker
December 11, 2008
My thoughts and love are with you all. - Marg
Margarete Balson
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