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"Rose Man" who inspired Trudeau dies at age 95

by webdev

December 29, 2010

Jack McIntyre, also known as the Rose Man who inspired Pierre Trudeau's trademark rose-pinned lapel, died on Christmas Day at the age of 95.

According to the Toronto Sun, McIntyre turned Trudeau on to the trend of a floral accessory when he met him for lunch in 1970 to discuss a proposal to plant roses at Rideau Hall in Ontario. When asked why he had a rose pinned to his lapel, McIntyre told Trudeau that it made him feel happy - after that, Trudeau adopted it as his signature look.

McIntyre also dallied with the likes of John Paul II and Queen Elizabeth II and planted over 10,000 roses at Expo 67 in Montreal.

"He really had a great story to tell about his roses and he was so passionate about them," co-worker Susan Creasy told the news source.

The rose is the traditional avatar of love and symbolizes the same deep passion and emotion that McIntyre expressed back toward them, reports. You can send red roses to someone you're romantically devoted to or opt for white roses to convey sympathy or innocence. Yellow roses are appropriate flowers to give to friends, while pink roses offer a gentle expression of admiration, gratitude or sweetness, according to the website.

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