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Toronto restaurateur Peter Oliver dies at 74 after battle with cancer – TorontoOUS News

Oliver & Bonacini Hospitality reports that Canadian restaurateur Peter Oliver has died at the age of 74 after battling cancer.

The co-founder of the company behind luxury Toronto restaurants Canoe, Auberge du Pommier, Luma and Biff’s Bistro was diagnosed with stage four cancer in May 2021.

He came into the limelight in 1993 when, with chef Michael Bonacini, he created a restaurant empire that operates 29 properties, serving 30,000 guests a week and hosting more than 10,000 events annually.

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Under Oliver’s leadership, the company has pioneered training, benefits packages, education funding, travel opportunities, and career development for restaurant workers who are often excluded from such benefits.

Oliver began his career in the restaurant business in 1978 when he opened a small sandwich shop on Yonge and Eglinton streets called Oliver’s Old Fashioned Bakery.

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He is survived by his 48-year-old wife Maureen, four children and grandchildren.

An obituary from Oliver & Bonacini says he enjoyed teaching the interconnectedness of nature at their family cottage on Baptiste Lake.

“He spent countless hours digging holes, moving rocks and planting hostas, displaying a stamina that would put men half his age to shame,” the obituary reads.

“Sometimes he would take a break from his latest project to take a swim, do some yoga, or have a gin and tonic — always with fresh mint — before declaring, ‘This is life.

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