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New hospital wing honours Neville Gilfoy, the Dartmouth boy with the high-level view

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Like so many people in this city, province, region, and, I guess, world, I knew Neville Gilfoy, the magazine editor and champion of everything Atlantic Canadian, whose name graces a new wing at Dartmouth General Hospital which officially opens next week.

I just didn’t know him well. After spending Wednesday hunting down a few stories about this man who left us four years ago, at age 63, I wish I had.

Here for example is one: when Progress Media moved to some new digs in the Centennial Building in downtown Halifax the late founder and publisher proudly took possession of a new office with a grand view of the harbour.

Inside, as it was described to me, stood a large, elegant desk and a roomy sofa, as befitting a room where Gilfoy would meet with his vast network of friends and associate to hash out

some new idea, and where staffers would sometimes congregate on Friday afternoons for end-of-week drinks.

Outside, though, was a sign that mysteriously appeared the day Gilfoy took possession. It said, “Bob Guccione, publisher."

Now, the contrast between the sleazy American porno magnate and Gilfoy, the natty Halifax publisher so fond of blue suits and tightly knotted ties,........

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