Ralph Hennigar died on March 30 at the age of 83. A trained electrical engineer and lawyer, Hennigar began his newspaper career in 1968 when he purchased the Lunenburg Progress Enterprise, what was then a small community newspaper and printing plant, along with his wife Marg Hennigar. In 1972, the couple bought the Bridgewater Bulletin and shortly after changed their company name to Lighthouse Publishing Limited. The Hennigars went on to buy, sell and run a number of community newspapers in Nova Scotia and earned industry accolades at both the regional and national level.
Ralph Hennigar served as president of the Canadian Community Newspapers Association from 1982 to 1983 and was named a CCNA Honorary Life Member along with his wife in July 2000. He was also a director, secretary, treasurer and president for the Atlantic Community Newspapers Association (now Newspapers Atlantic).