In Memoriam Archives


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.

PETER KACZMAREK, retired CBWT Winnipeg Set Designer/Artist, passed away on January 20, 2018.  Peter was 88 years old.

JOHN KASS, CBC Toronto Producer/Writer, passed away on January 12, 2018.  John was 66 years of age.

OLIVIER CARON, retired CBOFT Ottawa Producer, passed away on January 8, 2018.  Olivier was 87 years old.

BOB THORSON, retired CBC Rankin Inlet, Nunavut Radio and Television Maintenance Technician, passed away on January 6, 2018.  Bob was 78 years of age.

MARGARET KILLINGBECK, formerly with Film Procurement, CBC Toronto, passed away suddenly on December 30, 2017.

SEAN MULCAHY, CBC Television Panelist and Radio Actor and Host (The Music Library), passed away on December 30, 2017.

GUNTHER ZELLMER, retired CBC Vancouver Lighting Director, passed away on December 28, 2017 at age 92.

ROMAN STOYKO, retired CBC Winnipeg Hymn Sing Producer and previously Costume/Set Design and Puppeteering staffer, passed away on December 19, 2017.  Roman was 83 years old.

DALLAS CHAPPLE, wife of CBC Producer Len Chapple and former CBC Vancouver/Toronto employee in the 1970's, passed away on December 14, 2017.  Dallas was 66 years of age.

SARAH LALUMIERE, CBC Ottawa TV Technician, passed away on December 14, 2017 just short of her 61st birthday.

JOHN DAVIDSON, retired CBC Ottawa Technical Producer, passed away on December 11, 2017.

VINCE REED, retired CBC Toronto Purchasing Agent, passed away on December 6, 2017 at age 84.

RAE WHITEHOUSE, widow of CBC Toronto Producer and Vancouver TV Program Director Ray Whitehouse, passed away on November 29, 2017 at age 96.

DON McDONALD, retired CBWT Winnipeg Technician, passed away on November 28, 2017.  Don was 84 years of age.

GARY MORGAN, musician in Regina and Vancouver; retired CBC Vancouver Television & Radio Audio Engineer, passed away on November 26, 2017. Prior to moving to CBC Vancouver Gary was an audio operator on the CBC Regina Mobile.  Gary was 61 years old.

BERT PERERA, retired CBC Ottawa Maintenance Technician, passed away on November 25, 2017.  Bert was 92 years of age.

TOM PRENTICE, retired CBC Toronto Radio Audio Technician, passed away on November 23, 2017 at age 92.

GREG UPTON, retired CBC Vancouver Supervisor, Design Operations, passed away on November 18, 2017.

CARL A. CHARLSON JR., a CBC Toronto Television employee in the late 1960's, passed away on November 16, 2017. He became a documentary film producer and was a long-time resident of Boston, Mass.  Carl was 76 years of age.

ED MacPHERSON, retired CBC Toronto VTR Operator/Editor and Member of NABET Executive, passed away on November 15, 2017.

JAMES REID, retired CBC Vancouver Radio Recording Engineer, passed away on November 14, 2017 at age 72.

INGA STANKIEWICZ, wife of CBC Edmonton Film Cameraman Alex Stankiewicz, passed away on November 8, 2017.  Inga was 76 years old.

ROMAN BITTMAN, former CBC Toronto Television Producer, passed away on November 7, 2017.  Roman was 76 years of age.

GEORGE VIPOND, retired CBC Vancouver Supervising Technician - TV/Quality Control Officer, passed away on November 2, 2017.  George was 90 years old.

MONICA DAVIDSON (nee Black and formerly Mrs. Monica Kearns), retired CBC B.C. Regional Engineering Secretary (Vancouver), passed away on October 24, 2017 at age 96.

PETER REYNOLDS, retired CBC Toronto Broadcast Journalist/Producer/Reporter and creator of Disability Network and Silent News for CBC, passed away on October 18, 2017.  Peter was 85 years old.

MEL BISHOP, BC Television industry pioneer/former CBUT Transmitter Technician/CBC Technician CBX Lacombe, Alberta and Toronto, Ontario, passed away on October 16, 2017.  Mel was 89 years of age.

MARK SIMPSON, former CBC Calgary Radio Technician, passed away on October 16, 2017.  Mark was 55 years old.

NANCY FRASER GRIFFITHS, CBC Vancouver pioneer female Television Producer in the 1950's, passed away in October, 2017 (precise date unknown).  Nancy was 89 years of age.

RITA LLOYD (née Thibodeau), wife of Gordon Lloyd (retired CBC Ottawa Manager), passed away on October 11, 2017. Gordon Lloyd is retired from CBC Ottawa where he was Manager of local services, overseeing the efficient operation of all support services including Central Records, Mailroom, Shipping & Receiving, Purchasing, Maintenance and Construction.

DONALD BROWN, musician/conductor/performer with CBC, Theatre Under the Stars (Vancouver) and Vancouver Opera, passed away on October 7, 2017.  Don Brown appeared on a number of CBC Vancouver radio programmes produced by Gerald Newman, Robert Chesterman and others. He appeared on a CBC disc of Early Music from Quebec, singing in the Six Bergerettes by Sir Ernest MacMillan that Don Mowatt produced with Simon Streatfeild as conductor.  He also appeared on a set of discs of the Saint Matthew Passion with Sir Ernest MacMillan conducting.  Mr. Brown was 92 years of age.

JOHN MacLEOD, former Producer-Commentator 1960s and 1970s, CBC Agriculture & Resources Department, Winnipeg and Calgary, passed away on October 7, 2017.  John was 91 years old.

DAVID SKINNER, retired CBC Prince Edward Island/New Brunswick Cameraman, passed away on September 13, 2017 at age 64.

STEPHEN HOOPER, former CBC Toronto Announcer/Reporter/Editor - Radio & TV News, passed away on September 11, 2017.  Stephen was 87 years of age.

KATHERINE (KATHIE/KATE) KENNEDY HOUSSER, former CBC St. John's, Nfld. Journalist and Network Television Producer, passed away on September 10, 2017 just two weeks short of her 71st birthday.

GRETTA CHAMBERS, former CBC Montreal Radio Writer/Presenter "The Province in Print" (1964 to 1978), passed away on September 9, 2017.  Gretta was 91 years of age.

BRIAN FLYE, retired CBC Director of Human Resources for the Western Provinces based in Edmonton, Alberta, passed away on September 8, 2017 at age 87.  Brian was a founding member of The Altones Quartet, appearing weekly on CBC's Red River Jamboree from 1960 to 1965. After the end of the TV series, Brian joined
the CBC in the Public Relations Department and in 1971 was transferred to Edmonton where he rose to become Director of Human Resources for the Western Provinces.

JEAN-JACQUES PEPIN, former CBC Toronto Freelance Film Cameraman, passed away on September 6, 2017 at the age of 77.

LAWRENCE PALUCK, retired CBC Winnipeg Sr. Maintenance Technician/TV Assistant/TV Technician, passed away on September 6, 2017.  Lawrence was 80 years old.

ATHAN KATSOS, Composer/Musician and CBC Toronto Producer, passed away on September 5, 2017.  He was 75 years old.

ARNOLD AMBER, Journalist and E.P. CBC Network News Specials, Inside Media and Newsworld International, passed away on September 4, 2017.  Arnold was 77 years old.

FRANK McDONALD, CBC Ottawa Sales Policy and Planning retiree, passed away on August 30, 2017 at age 81. 

LAWRENCE SELIGMAN, former CBC Edmonton Radio & Television Producer (from 1978 to ?), passed away on August 28, 2017.  Lawrence was 70 years of age.

BILL PHILLIPS, CBC Vancouver Radio & TV News Anchor/Program Host from 1958 to 1960, passed away on August 24, 2017.  Bill was 83 years old.

DAVE CHRISTIAN, former CBC Vancouver Stagehand (mid-1980's to mid-1990's), passed away suddenly on August 24, 2017 at age 69.

VERA WIGHTON, widow of CBC Vancouver Engineering Manager Jim Wighton, passed away on August 20, 2017.  Vera was 98 years of age.

ANN KASSNER, wife of Eli Kassner (contributor to "Nature of Things"), passed away suddenly on August 13, 2017, ending a brave battle against an aggressive form of cancer.  Ann was 75 years of age.

GREGORY (GREG) MECH, CBC OIttawa Information Technology Project Manager, passed away on August 12, 2017 at age 58. 

WINNIFRED "WINNIE" BOCKING, widow of CBC Vancouver/Montreal TV Producer Dick Bocking, passed away on August 9, 2017.  Winnie was 88 years old.  Her husband Dick predeceased her September 28, 2012.

NICHOLAS (NICK) VOLK, retired CBC Toronto Director of Communications, passed away on August 9, 2017.  Nick was 85 years of age. 

ARCHIE KAY, retired CBC Toronto Lighting Director, passed away on August 9, 2017.  Archie was 90 years old.

BETTY BRYDEN, wife of Tom Bryden, retired CBC Vancouver Materials Management Officer, Purchasing & Supply Department, passed away on August 9, 2017 at age 73.

MARGUERITE CHESTERMAN (nee MASON), widow of CBC Vancouver Radio Producer and Independent Filmmaker Rob Chesterman (deceased June 1, 2007), passed away on August 7, 2017.  Marguerite was 86 years of age.

LORRAINE WEST (nee BOUX), CBC Winnipeg Radio Singer/Host - "Let's Meet Lorraine", passed away on August 5, 2017 at age 83.

DAVID WATMOUGH, former CBC Radio/TV Writer, Host (Talking About Books and Artslib) and Actor, passed away on August 4, 2017 just 13 days shy of his 91st birthday. 

ALAN ROWE, former CBC Foreign Correspondent, passed away on August 2, 2017.  Alan was 85 years old.

JIM SYROISHKO, retired CBC Toronto/Ottawa/Vancouver - Vancouver Personnel Manager/Human Resources Manager Western Division, passed away on July 26, 2017.  Jim was 87 years of age.

LEONIDA ADAMTAU, wife of Theodor "Teddy" Adamtau - CBC Toronto Carpentry, passed away on July 25, 2017.  Leonida was 93 years of age.

BOB WILSON, retired CBC Vancouver Building Maintenance Tradesman-in-Charge, passed away on July 13, 2017 at age 86.

JACK CARD, Choreographer, passed away on July 13, 2017.  Jack was 81 years of age.

BRIAN DENIKE, retired CBC Frobisher Bay Announcer/CBC Wpg. Radio & TV Current Affairs' Producer & E.P./CBC Toronto Sr. Producer, passed away on July 11, 2017.  Brian was 77 years old.

TAD JAWORSKI, filmmaker and Former CBC Toronto Producer/Director, passed away on July 11, 2017 at age 91.

DENNIS O'NEILL, CBC Wpg/Toronto retiree (CBC Enterprises), passed away on July 10, 2017.

EARL MALLIA, CBC Toronto Technician, passed away on July 8, 2017.  Earl was 66 years of age.

FRED RANSOM, former CBC Vancouver Stagehand/Key Grip, passed away on July 2, 2017.  Fred was 88 years of age.

TOM ROWE, Film/TV Producer/Director and husband of CBC Vancouver Radio/TV Host Vicki Gabereau, passed away unexpectedly on July 2, 2017 at age 62.

LAURENT 'COCRISSE' RICHARD, retired CBC Ottawa Senior Television Technician, passed away on June 27, 2017 at age 82.

LORNA MULROONEY, frequent contributor to CBC Radio's National Program "This Country in the Morning", passed away on June 24, 2017.  Lorna was 91 years old.

HARRY HACKNEY, retired CBC Toronto Executive Assistant to Director of Entertainment Programming, ESD and CBC Windsor Station Manager, passed away on June 23, 2017 in Victoria, B.C. where he and wife Bobbie had moved following his retirement. Harry was 89 years of age.

JOHN GROOM, CBC Toronto Audio Technician, passed away on June 16, 2017.

ALISTAIR (aka BILL) CLOTHIER, retired CBC Carpenter/Painter/Set Designer, passed away on June 16, 2017 in Victoria, B.C.  Bill was 88 years old.

MARY DALLAS BARROW ROGERS, former musician (French Horn) with CBC Toronto Symphony Orchestra and in the early days of television, a band member performing for "Juliette" and "The Wayne & Shuster" CBC Network Television series, passed away on June 22, 2017.  Mary was 98 years of age.

WILLIAM "BILL" HALL, retired CBC Newfoundland/Labrador Broadcaster, passed away on June 2, 2017, ending a long battle with dimentia, stroke and diabetes.  Bill was 66 years old.

BRUCE PATENAUDE, former CBC Vancouver Music Consultant, Music Library (1960's to 1980's), passed away on June 1, 2017.  Bruce was 78 years of age.

LAWRIE McVICAR, retired CBC Toronto Operations Manager, Design Department recently passed away at age 86.

FRED ENGEL, retired CBC Vancouver Film Editor/Mgr.,Film Svces./TV Production Mgr./TV Producer, passed away on May 23, 2017.  Fred was 85 years old.

PETER KAPPELE, retired CBC Ottawa Public Affairs Television Producer/Toronto Journalist and Television Producer, passed away on May 20, 2017 in British Columbia where he settled following retirement.  Peter was 85 years old.

JIMMY DALE, CBC Toronto 1960's Musical Director and Pianist for singer Juliette, passed away in Naples, Florida on May 20, 2017.  Jimmy was 81 years of age.

MARY TAYLOR (nee TUCKER), former CBC Sports writer/Production Assistant, passed away on May 15, 2017.

ROBERT (BOB) SPEARS, retired CBC Toronto Gaffer/Lighting Director, passed away on May 11, 2017.  Bob was 73 years old.

DAVE GETZ, retired Journalist/Writer with CBC Ottawa Radio News, passed away on May 9, 2017.  Dave was 71 years of age.

FREDA JOOSTE (nee CAMPBELL), an employee of CBC Montreal in the late 1940's or early 1950's, passed away on May 7, 2017.

ALONZO NORMORE, retired Engineer, CBC Newfoundland, passed away on May 7, 2017 at age 92.

FRED HUNT, retired CBC Halifax Maintenance Technician, passed away on May 1, 2017.  Fred was 87 years old.

BILL MODLIN, retired CBC Toronto Scenic Constructor in the Design Department Carpentry Shop, passed away in April, 2017.  Bill was 90 years of age.

STU BRIGGS, retired from CBC Halifax TV Technical Department, passed away on April 30, 2017.  Stu was 87 years old.

MURRAY HUTCHINSON, retired CBC Halifax TV Master Control Technician, passed away on April 30, 2017.  Murray was 78 years of age.

DON FORSYTHE, former CBC Toronto Director, passed away on April 29, 2017 just a few weeks short of his 84th birthday.

MARY AILEEN DeMARCO (nee MARRIN), retired from various positions with CKLW (CBC Affiliate), CBET-9 (CBC owned) and CBC in Windsor, Ontario, passed away on April 22, 2017.  Mary was 88 years of age.

HERB REID, retired Graphic Designer/Design Manager, CBC St. John's, Nfld., passed away on April 20, 2017 at age 81. 

ARMAND BARIL, retired CBC Toronto, Winnipeg and Edmonton Arts and Entertainment Producer, passed away on April 14, 2017.  Armand was 87 years of age.

JEANETTE CURRIE (nee Hull), former Secretary with CBC Winnipeg and Montreal, passed away suddenly from an unexpected brain hemorrhage on April 11, 2017 at the age of 77.  Jeanette was married to and is survived by Dave Currie, CBC retiree in Halifax and former CBC British Columbia Regional Engineer/Project Team Member, CBC Broadcast Centre, Toronto.

ELEANOR RUTHERFORD, retired CBC Saskatoon Finance Department, passed away on April 3, 2017.  Eleanor was 81 years of age.

TONY WADE, Producer/Director/Writer/Executive Producer of television programs including CBC Vancouver series Pacific Report, Down to Earth and Corelli, passed away from throat cancer on March 31, 2017.  Tony was 68 years old.

EVELYN HARPER,  retired CBC Vancouver Radio Clerk/PA/Commentator (Farms & Fisheries/Agriculture and Resources' Departments), passed away on March 21, 2017 at the age of 97.

BETTY KENNEDY, "Front Page Challenge" panelist from 1962 to 1995, passed away on March 20, 2017.  Betty was 91 years old.

BOB ROBERTSON, veteran comedian and co-host of "Double Exposure" with wife Linda Cullen, passed away on March 19, 2017 ending a battle with cancer.  Bob was 71 years of age.

NIJOLE KUZMICKAS, former CBC Vancouver "Switchback" TV series Producer in the 1980's; also "Doctor, Doctor" and "Legalwise" series' developer and Producer, passed away on March 15, 2017.  Nijole was 65 years old.

GEORGE JAMES, retired Executive Producer of CBC Network television programs (Toronto) "News Magazine" and "5th Estate", passed away from pneumonia and a bacterial virus on March 4, 2017 in Costa Rica where he and his wife were wintering. 

KEITH KERRY, former CBC Vancouver employee in the Finance Department in the 1950s and early 1960s, passed away on March 2, 2017.  Keith was just one month shy of his 87th birthday.

HELENE WHITE, Independent Producer/Director/Actress/Playwright in Alberta, passed away on March 2, 2017.  Her production "Lady in Motion", broadcast on CBC Television established her career as a Producer/Director.  Helene was 87 years of age.

AL YANNUZZI, retired CBC Toronto Systems Analyst, passed away on February 20, 2017 at age 76.

ALAN MARTIN, retired CBC Vancouver Manager, Engineering Services (Studios) and previously with CBC Halifax, Edmonton, Montreal and Northern Services, Ottawa, passed away on February 19, 2017.  Alan was 85 years old.

BILL KELLY, former CBC Newfoundland "Land & Sea" Host, passed away on February 15, 2017 at age 71.

MICHELLE VINCENT, Unit Manager with CBC Television News, Montrealpassed away on February 12, 2017.

BOB HAWLEY, retired CBC Winnipeg Lighting Director/Technical Producer, passed away on February 8, 2017.

IRENE MacDONALD, wife of Robert MacDonald (retired CBC Winnipeg Propsman/Video Tape Editor) and Secretary, CBC Pensioners' National Association Southern Interior Chapter, BC/Yukon Region, passed away on January 30, 2017.  Irene was 81 years of age. 

DUNCAN SANDISON, CBC Toronto Contract/Copyright Department retiree, passed away on January 27, 2017 at age 88.

STEVE PYKE, retired CBC Toronto Sales Manager, passed away on January 27, 2017.  He was 88 years old.

THERESE SAUMUR, CBC Head Office Payroll Department retiree, passed away on January 26, 2017.  Therese was 74 years of age.

CLAIRE WEISSMAN WILKS, former CBC Toronto Network Researcher for Fifth Estate, passed away on January 25, 2017 from Leukemia. 

JOY COGHILL THORNE, veteran actress/director/playwright/PAL Vancouver co-founder, passed away on January 20, 2017.  Joy appeared in the CBC drama series DaVinci's Inquest, portrayed Margaret 'Ma' Murray in the CBC drama Ma! and appeared in CBC Vancouver productions Nellie, Daniel, Emma & Ben and Red Serge as well as numerous CBC Radio plays. She was married to CBC Vancouver Television Producer John (Jack) G. Thorne who predeceased her. Joy was 90 years of age.

BILL WILLIAMSON, former CBC Toronto Network Television Musical Director, passed away on January 18, 2017 at the age of 97.

KEITH MASKELL, Ce Soir Alberta, passed away on January 18, 2017.  Keith was 54 years old.

TONY ZEFFERTT, former CBC Vancouver TV Technician, passed away on January 17, 2017.  He was 83 years old.

RUSS THOMPSON, former CBC Toronto Radio Announcer, passed away on January 16, 2017 from cancer, age 82.

ANN ORR, former CBC Toronto Marketplace Unit Manager, passed away on January 15, 2017 from pancreatic cancer.  She was 88 years of age.

RON CARON, retired CBC Ottawa Technician, passed away on January 14, 2017 at age 80. 

MAC ATKINSON, retired CBC Ottawa Radio Announcer and former Manager, CBC Happy Valley/Goose Bay, Labrador, passed away on January 13, 2017 in Halifax, Nova Scotia.  He was 86 years old.

PIETER AHREND, former CBC Vancouver Duplicating Supervisor/Graphic Designer, passed away on January 11, 2017.

JAMES (JAKE) O'DONNELL, former CBC Winnipeg Assignment Editor/Reporter/Journalist, passed away on January 11, 2017.  Jake was 83 years of age.

TONY ROSATO, actor best known for being a cast member of both SCTV and Saturday Night Live television series, passed away on January 10, 2017.  Tony also appeared in CBC Network television productions Street Legal and Due South.  He was 62 years old.

LARRY LANGLEY, retired CBC Edmonton on-air broadcaster, passed away on January 10, 2017. 

COLIN GODBOLD, retired CBC Winnipeg/Calgary/Toronto/Montreal/Ottawa Journalist/Foreign Correspondent/Managing Editor National Radio News Service/News Supervisor RCI, passed away on January 10, 2017.  Colin was 85 years of age.

TERRY PARKMAN, wife of Mark Parkman (CBC Toronto ENG Cameraman), passed away on January 9, 2017 ending a brief battle with cancer.

THOMAS "MONZIE" McMONIGLE, former CBC Toronto Lighting Technician, passed away on January 8, 2017 at age 63.

CLARENCE GERARD GRACE, retired from CBC Corner Brook, Newfoundland, passed away on January 6, 2017.  Clarence was 80 years of age.

JOAN SHEARMAN EDDIS-TOPOLSKI, former Co-Host CBOT Ottawa program One for All and CBC Radio Broadcaster and Producer, passed away on January 1, 2017 at age 87.

STUART HAMILTON, former Intermission Host CBC Radio's Saturday Afternoon at the Opera, passed away on January 1, 2017.  He was 87 years old.