Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Toronto Arts Philanthropist Walter Carsen Has Died at Age 100

Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Toronto Arts Philanthropist Walter Carsen Has Died at Age 100

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Arts philanthropist Walter Carsen has died

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TORONTO - Toronto businessman and arts philanthropist Walter Carsen, who generously donated to institutions including the National Ballet of Canada and the Art Gallery of Ontario, has died.

Carsen died Monday in Toronto, the National Ballet announced on Wednesday.

He was 100.

"The National Ballet of Canada, in its entire history, has only ever had one patron like Walter Carsen. He helped us achieve what we wanted to do," Karen Kain, the dance company's artistic director, said in a statement.

"He was an inspiration through his generosity, leadership and great enthusiasm and he was also a great friend to the company. He was unfailingly in the audience at almost every performance and was a warm and encouraging presence for the dancers both backstage and in the rehearsal room.

"He will be deeply missed by every member of the National Ballet, dancers and staff alike."

Born in Germany, Carsen came to Canada in 1941 and became a successful distributor of photo and optical products. …

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