Timothy Warren Tregunno, whose name is synonymous with the Halifax Seed Company, passed away peacefully at home in Halifax, Nova Scotia Saturday, Feb. 25, 2012 after a courageous battle with cancer. He was 55.
Born in Halifax, Tim was an influential man who touched the lives of many. He attended the University of New Brunswick where he met his wife Nancy and graduated with a Business of Administration Degree. With over 30 years of leadership as owner and operator of the Halifax Seed Company, Tim led his team through many great successes and created a true family atmosphere as he viewed the staff as the "work" family.
Son of Warren and Joan (Fraser) Tregunno, Tim was known nationally for his work as president of the Canadian Seed Trade Association (CSTA). During his term, Tim was a successful intervener on a Supreme Court of Canada case on Intellectual Property Protection.
The CSTA said, “Tim was a champion of the Canadian Seed Industry. His company: Halifax Seed Company is the oldest, continuously operated, family owned seed company in Canada and the Tregunno family has always made a strong contribution to the CSTA.”
It said Tim “stepped into the (CSTA) President’s chair in 2003-04, During that year, he helped to guide the association through a complicated and difficult court challenge that went all the way to the Supreme Court of Canada. The win at the Supreme Court was a win for agricultural innovation. One could say that it helped to set the very positive and proactive approach of the CSTA for years to come.”
Also president of the Nova Scotia Chapter of the Canadian Association of Family Enterprises, Tim guided the organization through the formative years and helped develop the sound foundation that CAFE NS has built upon over the years. Other organizations that Tim was involved in include: Maskwa Aquatic Club Steering Committee and Paddling Director, Canadian Power and Sail Squadron member and instructor, soccer coach, Landscape Nova Scotia, and the H.M.H advanced ski team.
Regardless of the organization that he has been involved in it is the friendships he developed that meant the most.
A family man, Tim adored his daughters Emily (Fraser Moir) and Alison (Mitch Gallant) and wife Nancy (Barclay). Tim spent his time at camp, the farm and on the water sailing. He enjoyed the land and being outside canoeing, hunting, fishing, hiking, skiing and running. Pulling pranks and challenging the kids to burger cook-offs was what he was known for. Memories were made on many trips with friends and no one will forget all those March Break ski trips. Many walks were taken with his two favourite dogs Benson and Rookie. His true passions were family, seeds and sailing.
The CSTA, that presented Tim with its Honourary Membership Award earlier this year, said, “Tim Tregunno will be best remembered for his sense of humour and his welcoming manner. That was truly demonstrated with he brought the CSTA to Nova Scotia for our 2004 Annual Meeting in Halifax.
“Tim had many, many friends at the CSTA and we were all lucky to have worked, played and laughed with him. Our thoughts are with his family as they deal with this most difficult loss.”
Tim was loved by all who were fortunate enough to have met him. He was passionate about life and took advantage of times surrounded by the people he loved the most. To sum it all up Tim was an awesome man and will always be at the helm in our hearts.
A special thank you to an amazing medical team; doctors, nurses and VON. Thank you to friends, family and staff for friendship, support, laughs and hard work.
Survived by his wife Nancy (Barclay), daughters Emily (Fraser Moir) and Alison (Mitch Gallant), parents Warren and Joan (Fraser) and sisters Faith (Gordon Balcombe) and Lesley. Tim was an uncle to Matthew and Jillian, Megan and Brett, Andrew and David. Tim is also survived by the 28 members of the Great 17.
A Memorial Service will be held at The Cunard Centre on 961 Marginal Rd in Halifax, Nova Scotia on Friday, March 2, 2012 at 11:00am reception to follow. In lieu of flowers donations can be made to the Department of Urology, Dalhousie University or the Victorian Order of Nurses. To place an online message of condolence, please visit: www.jasnowfuneralhome.com