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Latimer, Hugh, 1910-1987
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Hugh Latimer (1910-1987) was involved in business and the Progressive Conservative Party of Ontario between the 1930s and the 1980s.
Born in Orland, Northumberland County, Latimer operated his family's general store there until 1942.
Latimer became involved in politics at an early age. When he was eighteen, he became Chairman of the Brighton Progressive Conservative Association and, later, served as Secretary for the Northumberland Progressive Conservative Association. In September 1941, he began organising the party in Northumberland, Durham and Muskoka ridings.
Upon returning home from overseas service in World War II, Latimer acquired an interest in a lumber and a sash and door factory. However, after an accident in 1946, he started working for A.D. McKenzie, Chairman of the Organisational Committee of the Ontario Progressive Conservative Party. Latimer eventually became McKenzie's assistant with responsibility for field organisation. When McKenzie died in 1960, Latimer succeeded him as Chairman of the Organisational Committee. Later, between 1971 and 1972, Latimer served as Executive Assistant to William Davis in the Premier's Office and, from 1975-1979, as Special Assistant to the first Ontario Ombudsman, Arthur Maloney.
Latimer married Jean Baker with whom he had two children, Sally and Hal.