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IN MEMORIAM ROLL CALL

A number of our CBC colleagues have passed away in the last twelve months. The roll call tells you who we have lost and when, to the best of our knowledge, and supplies information concerning their CBC career.

REX MURPHY, former Cross Country Checkup Host and contributor to The National, passed away on May 9, 2024 at age 77.

RAY FITZWALTER, former CBC Vancouver Freelance Cameraman, passed away on April 24, 2024.

LOU COOPER, former CBC Toronto News Production Manager/Editor/Producer/Resources Manager, passed away on April 10, 2024 at age 83.

VICTOR MILES, former CBC Vancouver Television Designer, passed away on April 6, 2024.  Victor was 95 years of age.

BUDDY STANTON, retired CBC Edmonton Cameraman/Director, passed away on April 5, 2024.  Buddy was 76 years old.

KEN McCREATH, retired CBC Radio Reporter - Calgary/Toronto and Parliamentary Hill Bureau Chief, Ottawa, passed away on March 15, 2024.  Ken was 84 years old.

BEVERLEY WOWCHUK, former CBC Vancouver Costume Designer. passed away on March 8, 2024.  Beverley was 76 years of age.

ELEANOR COLLINS, acclaimed Jazz Great and Former CBC Vancouver and National TV Program Host/Performer, passed away on March 3, 2024 at age 104.

WALLY FIRTH, the first Indigenous Announcer-Operator at CBC in Inuvik and Yellowknife, NWT, passed away on March 2, 2024.  Wally was 89 years old.

JOHN GIBSON, retired CBC Winnipeg Director of Technical Operations, passed away on March 2, 2024.  John was 98 years of age.

JIM MURRAY, CBC Toronto Radio and Television Journalist/Reporter, passed away on February 24, 2024 at age 59.

ROD SLAWSON, retired Cameraman/Editor, CBC Manitoba/ Saskatchewan and CBC National News, Toronto, passed away on February 23, 2024.  Rod was 66 years old.

ANDY MARTENS, retired CBC Vancouver TV Technical Producer, passed away on February 21, 2024.

David Pate, Retired CBC Halifax Radio Producer/Host, passed away on February 12, 2024.  

MARY DE POE, retired CBC Toronto TV Children's/Variety Script Assistant; Unit Manager; Talent Relations Officer, passed away on February 10, 2024. 

DAVID PATE, retired CBC Halifax Radio Producer/Host, passed away on February 9, 2024 at age 64.

DON HARDISTY, retired CBC Vancouver Radio Supervising Technician - Audio, passed away on February 6, 2024.  Don was 90 years old.

RICHARD MASSÉ, retired CBC Ottawa Senior Maintenance Technician, passed away on February 5, 2024 at age 78.

DON NICKOLSON, retired CBC Edmonton Floor Director, passed away on February 5, 2024.  Don was 78 years of age.

CONNIE SINCLAIR, former CBC Toronto Radio Newsreader, passed away on February 3, 2024.

BRIAN SMYTH, retired CBC Windsor and CBOT Ottawa On-Air Host-Radio and Television, passed away on February 3, 2024.  Brian was 91 years old.

STEVE DEXTER, CBC Ottawa, Duplicating Equipment Operator, passed away on February 2, 2024.  Steve was 67 years of age.

JIM RAE, retired CBC Winnipeg Radio Farm Commentator, passed away on February 2, 2024.  Jim was 83 years old.

BILL CUNNINGHAM, former CBC Executive Producer of "The National"/CBC TV Vietnam War Correspondent/Head of CBC Network News/CBC Foreign Correspondent and Host of Documentary Programming for CBC Newsworld and Newsworld International, passed away on January 31, 2024.  Bill was 91 years old.

NOREEN KOTOWICH, former CBC Radio Regina/CBC Radio La Ronge Announcer/Operator, passed away on January 30, 2024.  Noreen was 59 years of age.

GEORGE MacDONALD, retired CBC Winnipeg Stagehand, Design Services, passed away on January 30, 2024 at age 96.

DON STEWART, former CBC Ottawa Freelance Audio Technician, passed away recently, precise date unknown.

MARGUERITE CALLEGARI (nee FALK), retired CBC Vancouver Switchboard Supervisor/Senior Clerk, TV Programming Department, passed away on January 28, 2024.  Marguerite was 93 years of age.

PETER KRIKORIAN, retired CBC Toronto TV Technical Director. passed away on January 27, 2024 at age 66.  

FATHER NOEL WHELAN, retired CBC Toronto Sales Service Representative/TV Network Transmission Duty Manager, passed away on January 23, 2024.  Father Whelan was 81 years of age.

LES BATEMAN, former CBC Vancouver TV Audio Mixer and musician/studio engineer, passed away on January 22, 2024.  Les was 74 years old.

NORMAN JEWISON, Director/Producer, passed away on January 20, 2024 at age 97.

ANGELA (ANGIE) PAQUETTE, retired CBC Toronto Chyron Operator, TV Sports, passed away on January 12, 2024.

JOHN POLLOCK, retired CBC Ottawa Design Department Set Decorator, passed away on January 12, 2024.

SHIRLEY BRADLEY, former CBO Ottawa Secretary to the Station Manager, passed away on January 11, 2024.  

PEGGY ESTE, retired CBC Toronto Radio Assistant Producer, passed away on January 7, 2024.  Peggy was 82 years old.

DON ELDER, former Executive Producer, CBC Network Children's Television, Toronto, passed away on January 7, 2024 at age 95.

VALERIE SCOTT, partner of Pascal Guillon, CBC Vancouver Radio Journalist, passed away suddenly on January 5, 2024.  Valerie was 67 years old.

TOM McCULLOCH, retired CBC Regina/Calgary Program Host, passed away on January 5, 2024.  Tom was 88 years of age.

ALF NORRIS, retired CBC Toronto Editor/Director/Producer, passed away on January 1, 2024 at age 86.

JULIET MANNOCK, retired CBC Toronto Researcher -TV Arts, Music & Science in the 1970’s, 80’s and into the 90’s, passed away on December 29, 2023.  Juliet was 91 years of age. 

LLOYD MATTHEWS, retired CBC Ottawa Film Production Editor, passed away on December 13, 2023.  Lloyd was 85 years old.

PETER PUXLEY, former Head of CBC Radio News' Parliamentary Bureau - Ottawa. passed away on December 11, 2023 at age 81.

DAVID GELL, former CBC Calgary Evening News Anchor, passed away on December 8, 2023.  David was 94 years of age.

GEORGE GILES, retired CBC Ottawa Technician and Senior Unit Manager, passed away on December 5, 2023 at age 93.

JOHN KIRKUP, retired CBC Vancouver Finance Clerk/Film Procurement Officer/Stores, Shipping, Receiving Clerk, passed away on December 4, 2023, just 2 1/2 weeks shy of his 87th birthday.

MARGARET SAUNDRY, retired CBC Winnipeg and Toronto Accountant/Script Assistant/Producer, Network Sports, passed away on November 23, 2023.  Margaret was 97 years old.

DAVID KIRK, former CBC Toronto/Vancouver Director/Producer, passed away on November 17, 2023, just a few days shy of his 80th birthday.

CHRISTER WAARA, retired CBC Vancouver News Cameraman, passed away on November 14, 2023.  

LORNA JACKSON, retired CBC Edmonton Researcher/Producer; CBC Regina Radio Progtam Host; CBC Toronto Radio Program Host/Anchor, passed away on November 4, 2023 at age 77.  

ELIZABETH GRAY, CBC Toronto Radio Program Host and Producer, passed away on October 25, 2023.  Elizabeth was 86 years old.

RON HARRISON, CBC Vancouver TV Sports Producer/Director and CBC Toronto Network "Hockey Night in Canada" Director, passed away on October 14, 2023 at age 81.

TERRY COOK, former CBC Toronto TV Production Assistant, passed away on October 9, 2023.  Terry was 80 years of age.

BOB CONROY, former CBC Director of Production for News, CBC Toronto, passed away on October 6, 2023.  Bob was just two weeks shy of celebrating his 82nd birthday.

FRED D. JONES, retired CBC Lighting Technician and Cameraman (Winnipeg); /TV Technical Svces. Mgr. (Vancouver); Plant manager (Edmonton ); Production Manager (Commonwealth Games, Victoria), passed away on October 2, 2023.  Fred was 88 years old.

CLAIRE LaFAYETTE (nee BACHAND), former CBC Vancouver Sales Daily Commercial Order Clerk and CBC Regina TV Traffic Clerk, passed away on September 24, 2023.  

FRANK SALOFF, retired CBC Transmitter Technician, Alberta, passed away on September 23, 2023.  Frank had just celebrated his 80th birthday.

JIM MORRISON, former CBC Vancouver Radio & Television Technician and Producer; CBC Calgary Evening News Host-TV and Producer/Director, passed away on September 23, 2023 at the age of 80.

TIM KNIGHT, retired CBC Toronto Producer "The National" and Executive Producer, TV Journalism Training, passed away on September 6, 2023. Tim was 85 years of age.

STEVE ANDRUSIAK, former CBC Edmonton Reporter/Executive News Director in Windsor/Charlottetown, passed away on September 5, 2023 at age 73.

ROYLE HARRIS, retired CBC Edmonton Stagehand/NABET Representative, passed away on August 29, 2023.  Royle was 87 years of age.

CHRIS MAGNUS, former CBC Vancouver employee, passed away on August 26, 2023.  Chris was 72 years old.

ANDREW (ANDY) GOUGEON, retired CBC Ottawa TV Technical Producer, passed away on August 23, 2023 at age 86. 

PAUL CARVALHO, former CBC Montreal/Toronto Radio & TV News Reporter; CBC Montreal Producer/Filmmaker, passed away on August 17, 2023.  Paul was 72 years of age.

ROBERT RUSSELL, retired CBC Ottawa Radio Technician, passed away on August 13, 2023 at age 86.

DON GRANT, retired CBC "HNIC" Accountant and Head Office Director of Accounting, passed away on August 13, 2023.  Don was 75 years old.

IDA ENTWISTLE, retired CBC H.O. International Relations Film Festival Co-Ordinator, passed away on August 12, 2023.  Ida was 92 years of age.

GAIL COLEMAN, former CBC Toronto Script Assistant/TV Production Manager, passed away on August 8, 2023 at age 85.

GEORGE JONES, former CBC Vancouver/Montreal/Yellowknife Video Operator, passed away on July 28, 2023.  George was 86 years of age.

JOHN BRYDEN, retired CBC Toronto Lighting Technician/Senior Lighting Director/Technical Producer, passed away on July 23, 2023 at age 91.

ESTELLE LAJOIE, retired CBC Ottawa Television Sales Administration Coordinator, passed away on July 23, 2023.  Este3lle was 79 years of age.

RON McFADYEN, retired CBC Whitehorse Sports Reporter/Broadcaster, passed away on July 21, 2023.  Ron was 81 years old.

BILL LAWRENCE, former CBC Toronto Television Program Host/Weatherman, passed away on July 14, 2023.  Bill was 92 years old.

LEE MAJOR (Ivan Gordon Lemesurier), retired CBC Yellowknife/Winnipeg Radio & Television Program Host and News Broadcaster, passed away on July 11, 2023 at age 85.

GERARD (GERRY) DESFORGES, retired CBC Ottawa Technologue des Systemes/Systems Technologist, Maintenance Department, passed away on July 9, 2023.  Gerry was 80 years of age.

TIM LORIMER, retired CBC Toronto Radio Audio Engineer, passed away on July 5, 2023.  

STAN EWERT, retired CBC Regina Radio Technical Technician/Coordinating Systems Technologist, Radio Technical Maintenance, passed away on June 23, 2023 at age 90.

AUDREY LUNDY, former CBC Winnipeg and Calgary HR employee, passed away on June 23, 2023. Audrey was 88 years of age.

PATRICK (PAT) NEWMAN, former CBC Montreal EHQ (Studio Systems Design). passed away on June 20, 2023 at age 93.

NORMAN KLENMAN, former CBC Writer/Producer and Co-Founder CKVU Television, pssed away on June 19, 2023.  Norman was 99 years old.

MARK LANGGARD, retired CBC Regina Transmitter Maintenance Technician for CBC Saskatchewan, passed away on June 19, 2023.  Mark was 63 years of age.

JAY WHITE, former CBC Regina Transmitter Maintenance Technician for CBC Saskatchewan, passed away on June 19, 2023.  Jay was 70 years old.

MURRAY PARKER, retired CBC Winnipeg "24 Hours" Weatherman and Television/Radio Host and Quizmaster, passed away on June 9, 2023.  Murray was 86 years of age.

BRYAN LOWE, retired CBC Toronto Network TV Switcher and President Local NABET-700, passed away on June 1, 2023 at age 85.

MARGOT GARMSEN, widow of CBC Halifax/Saskatoon/Regina/Ottawa Retiree Harro Garmsen, passed away on May 29, 2023.  Margot was 98 years old.

BRUCE WHITEFORD, retired CBC Toronto TV Technical Producer, passed away on May 16, 2023.  Bruce was 63 years of age.

CHARLIE SCHELL, retired CBC Regina Radio Master Control Technician, passed away on May 12, 2023. Charlie was 73 years old. 

JAROSLAV (JARO) PETRUCK, retired CBC Toronto VTR Technician, TV Technical Services, passed away on May 11, 2023 at age 87.

RICHARD GERVAIS, former CBC Vancouver Freelance Announcer/CBC Regina Program Host, passed away on May 6, 2023.  Richard was 76 years of age.

KEN GOODE, retired CBOT Ottawa Mechanical Maintenance Engineer (Building Maintenance Air Conditioning/Heating), passed away on May 5, 2023 at age 80.

BRIAN McKENNA, documentary filmmaker of series including The Valour and the Horror and founding Producer of CBC Network Television Series The Fifth Estate, passed away on May 5, 2023.  Brian was 77 years of age.

ABRAM DRIEDIGER (AB DOUGLAS), retired CBC Moscow and London Correspondent/Documentary Producer/CBOT Ottawa Evening News Host/CBC Edmonton and Vancouver National Reporter, passed away on May 1, 2023.  Ab was 93 years old.

GUY RACINE, retired CBC-Radio Canada Ottawa Supervisor of Technical Operations/Superviseur exploitation technique, passed away on April 20, 2023 at age 89.

FAUSTO BELLUOMINI, retired CBC Toronto TV Sports Producer, passed away on April 19, 2023.  Fausto was 86 years of age.

JANET SOMERVILLE, former CBC Network Radio (Toronto) Ideas Series Producer, passed away on April 16, 2023.  Janet was 84 years of age.

JIM CARNEY, former CFPR Prince Rupert Announcer-Operator/CBC Vancouver Stagehand, Co-Ordinating Producer, Studio Director and Producer./CBC Toronto Story Editor, passed away on April 14, 2023.  Jim passed just one month short of his 88th birthday.

CHRISTOPHER (CHRIS) BROOKES, former CBC St. John's, Nfld. Radio Producer/Network Producer and Radio Features Producer, passed away on April 10, 2023.  Chris was 79 years old.

BRUCE EVANS, former CBC Toronto Radio Technician/Music Producer; CBC Calgary Music Producer, passed away on April 7, 2023 at age 79. 

RED ROBINSON, legendary Vancouver DJ and CBC Vancouver Television Host Trivia Challenge Series 1979-80, passed away on April 1, 2023.  Red was 86 years of age.

PHILIP BALSAM, Artist/Musician/Composer, passed away on March 31, 2023 at age 79.

BELATED ANNOUNCEMENT:   BARBARA JANSSENS (Wife of Henry Janssens, Retired CBC Ottawa TV Technician), passed away on March 20, 2020.  Barbara was 84 years of age.

ORI SIEGEL, retired CBC Toronto TV Master Control Technician, passed away on March 17, 2023.

BARBARA HARRINGTON (nee KELLAS), former CBC Vancouver Newsroom Secretary and widow of Ron Harrington (CBC Vancouver Television Production Assistant/Producer), passed away on March 11, 2023.  Barbara was 80 years old.

JACQUES (JACK) CAYER, retired CBC Ottawa TV Technician/Supervisor, passed away on March 7, 2023.  Jacques was 91 years of age.

GERTRUDE (GERT) OUELLETTE, former CBOT Ottawa TV Newsroom Employee, passed away on March 2, 2023 at age 84.

LEN CARTER, retired CBC Toronto Associate Director (Floor Director), passed away on February 26, 2023.  Len was 75 years old.

Actor GORDON PINSENT passed away on February 25, 2023.  Gordon was 92 years of age.

DAVE BIRD, retired CBC Toronto/Winnipeg Radio Producer/Executive, passed away on February 21, 2023.  Dave was 81 years old.

JIM NUNN, retired CBC Halifax Television Journalist and Program Host, passed away on February 19, 2022 at age 72.

PETER HERRNDORF, former CBC Vice President, English Services, passed away on February 18, 2023.  Peter was 82 years of age.

PETER REYNOLDS, retired CBC Calgary ENG Editor, passed away on February 14, 2023.  Peter was 77 years old.

MARILYN POWELL, retired CBC Toronto Radio Writer/Broadcaster/Producer, passed away on February 13, 2023.

TOM DEACON, former CBC Toronto/Vancouver Radio Music Producer, passed away on February 5, 2023.  Tom was 81 years old.

ETHEL BUSKE MONTSION, retired CBC Ottawa Commercial Co-Ordinator French Svces, TV Traffic, passed away on February 4, 2023 at age 85.

JOE SPENCE, retired CBC Ottawa/Sudbury/Regina Radio and Television Reporter/Writer/Anchor/Producer, passed away on February 1, 2023.  Joe was 92 years of age.

MICHAEL FINLAY, retired CBC Toronto Radio Producer, passed away on January 31, 2023.  Michael was 73 years old.

BOB SHARPLES, retired CBC Vancouver Radio and Television Announcer.Host, passed away on January 26, 2023.  Bob was 85 years old.

MEL EBENSTINER, retired CBC Vancouver Maintenance Technician, passed away on January 19, 2023.  Mel was 85 years of age.

ROLF RUMMEDA, retired CBC Toronto Manager, Regional Reporting, Finance, passed away on January 19, 2023.  

WILF LEFEBVRE, retired CBC Ottawa Telecommunications Operator, passed away on January 19, 2023 at age 93.

PETER LEE, retired CBC Toronto VTR Technician, passed away on January 16, 2023 just 5 1/2 months shy of his 99th birthday.

JANICE JOHNSTON, CBC Edmonton Reporter/Journalist, passed away on January 13, 2023.  Janice was 62 years old.

BOB CRONE, former CBC Toronto Freelance Cameraman, passed away on January 12, 2023 at age 90.

GEOFF HUSSEY, retired CBC Journalist/TV News Producer, passed away on January 8, 2023.  Geoff was 88 years of age.

HANS-PETER MUELLER, retired CBC Toronto Film Cameraman, passed away on January 8, 2023 just five days after his 83rd birthday.

GEORGE ROBERTSON, CBC Vancouver/Ottawa/Toronto Writer, Radio/TV Producer and Executive Producer, passed away on January 1, 2023.  George was 93 years old