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In memory of Art Painter, 1925-2008

The man known to many in Canada's plastics industry as "Uncle Arthur" is no longer with us.

June 9, 2008   Canadian Plastics

The man known to many in Canada’s plastics industry as “Uncle Arthur” is no longer with us.

Art Painter died May 30 at Sunnybrook Hospital – Veteran’s Wing at the age of 83. Art was associated with Canadian Plastics for over forty years, first as sales representative and then publisher at The Monetary Times, the company that started the magazine, and later as group publisher after the magazine was sold to Southam Communicatons Ltd. He retired from the publishing business in the early 1990s.

Art went out of his way to help people in the industry. Several of today’s equipment sales veterans got their start in the business because of Art’s encouragement. He was an active volunteer in organizing industry events, serving on many Plast-Ex Show and conference committees.

His service to the industry was recognized in 1984, when he was given a CanPlast Award by SPI Canada (the precursor of the Canadian Plastics Industry Association). At that time Ron Evason, president of SPI Canada, described Art as a man “who cares deeply for our industry.”


Art leaves his wife of 53 years, Ellaine, daughters Jane and Joyce, son Alan, six grandchildren, and lots of friends.

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