THE longtime editor of the Carillon, Steinbach's weekly newspaper, has died.
Peter Dyck was in Winnipeg visiting one of his daughters when he suddenly took ill Saturday evening and died shortly afterwards.
News of his death spread quickly through the southeastern Manitoba city. Dyck had been with the paper for 44 years, starting in the late 1960s as a reporter.
"Peter's vast knowledge and history of the area and its people will be impossible to replace and will be dearly missed. He was a leader and a mentor at the Carillon, someone who co-workers turned to for advice and was widely regarded as one of the leaders in the community-newspaper industry," said Glenn Buffie, publisher and general manager of Derksen Printers, which operates the Carillon.
Dyck wasn't one to blow his own horn, either. Just three weeks ago, he was one of 38 people from southwestern Manitoba to be given the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Award, presented in honour of significant contribution and achievements by Canadians, but he didn't want anybody in his office to know.
"We didn't cover it because he wouldn't let us put it in the paper," Buffie said.
Glenn Friesen, CEO of the Steinbach Credit Union, the largest financial co-operative in the province, said Dyck had a reputation for being fair and making sure both sides were heard.
"He has always given us fair coverage. I remember when we won the business of the year award from the Manitoba Chambers of Commerce a few years ago and he said in his weekly column, 'It's a real prize to win this,' " he said.
Friesen said he ran into Dyck just a few days ago at the mall and he appeared to be in good health and spirits.
"We chatted as he was on his way to his grandson's hockey game. He said that's what he did now. He loved going to his grandson's games," he said.
Vic Toews, Provencher MP and Canada's minister of public safety, said he was saddened to learn of Dyck's death.
"Under Peter's direction, the Carillon was consistently recognized for its quality editorial page and received the Manitoba Community Newspapers Association award for the best all-around newspaper in nine of the last 15 years," he said.
The Winnipeg Free Press bought Derksen Printers and the Carillon in March 2011. The paper employs about 50 people.