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.

BONNIE (YVONNE) BRENNAN, former CBC Toronto employee, passed away in late January, 2020.  Bonnie was 85 years old.

STUART MARWICK, former Senior Producer, CBC Toronto Radio and Television, passed away on January 22, 2020. Stuart was 81 years of age. 

LUCIE MAINVILLE LACROIX (Widow of Paul Lacroix, Retired Technical Supervisor CBC Ottawa Radio), passed away on January 21, 2020 at age 72.

RICHARD (RICK) RIGELHOF, former Graphic Designer/Manager Media Production, CBC Toronto, passed away on January 12, 2020.  Rick was 84 years of age.

GEORGE JACKSON, former CBC Toronto Technician, passed away on January 10, 2020. 

CEC BROWNE, retired CBC Ottawa TV Sports' Cameraman/Producer/Director, passed away on January 2, 2020 at age 90.

RICK THOMPSON, retired CBC Toronto Television Variety, Drama and Music AD/PA, passed away on December 30, 2019.  Rick was 80 years of age.

DAVID VAN PRAAGH, former CBC Ottawa Radio Journalist, passed away on December 28, 2019.  David was 88 years old.

BOB WILLSON, retired CBC Television Program Host in Winnipeg and Toronto/Executive Producer CBC Radio - 1988 Olympics, passed away on December 27, 2019 in his early 90s.

GEM OTTEY, wife of Neville Ottey (Film Cameraman, CBC Toronto), passed away on December 26, 2019.  Gem was 73 years of age.

HENRI GERVAIS, retired CBC Montreal Videotape Supervisor, TV Technical Services, passed away on December 25, 2019.  Henri was 82 years of age.

DON E. BROWN, retired CBC Network Television Sports Producer/Executive Producer, passed away on December 18, 2019 at age 84.

DON TREMAINE, retired CBC Sydney and Halifax Television and Radio Announcer/Program Host, passed away on December 15, 2019.  Don was 91 years old.

DON DAGENAIS, retired Supervisor, Credit and Collection Finance at CBC Head Office, Ottawa,  passed away on December 15, 2019 at age 84.

Malcolm McLeod, CBC Regina Reporter/Assignment Editor/Producer, passed away on December 14, 2019.  Malcolm was 68 years old.

JOAN CHILCOTT, first television sports producer in Canada/retired Supervising Sports Producer at CTV and widow of Ernie Chilcott (Retired CBC Toronto Remote Lighting Director/Technical Producer), passed away on December 14, 2019.  Joan was 87 years of age.

BRIAN ROBB, retired from CBC Edmonton Purchasing Department, passed away on December 10, 2019.  Brian was 90 years old.

BOB FREDERICK, former Line Producer with CBC Vancouver Television Series  "The Beachcombers" and Director with "Ritter's Cove", passed away on December 10, 2019 at age 70.

ANN ELVIDGE, former CBC Vancouver Radio/TV Production Secretary/Program Assistant and wife of Radio Variety Producer Tod Elvidge, passed away on December 8, 2019.  Ann was 68 years of age.

MALCOLM McKINNEY, retired CBC Toronto Radio Technician/Operations Officer, passed away on December 8, 2019 at age 84.

JANE ANIDO, retired CBC Toronto Director of CBC News and Centres Programming/CBC Ottawa Managing Director, passed away on December 4, 2019.  Jane was 70 years old.

BILL TERRY, retired CBC Radio Current Affairs Producer in Vancouver, Ottawa and Winnipeg/Head of CBC Television in Manitoba/Head of Radio Drama and Features in Toronto/Deputy Head of the English Radio Networks, passed away on December 3, 2019.  Bill was 84 years old.

JOAN FARQUHAR, retired from CBC Calgary Sales Department, passed away on November 28, 2019.  Joan was 74 years of age.

MICHAEL COLTON, retired CBC Toronto Radio Technician/Journalist/Senior Producer in the Business Unit/CBC Radio's Washington Correspondent, passed away on November 26, 2019 at age 67.

JOHN KASTNER, filmmaker and documentarian; Producer for numerous CBC Television Programmes (Toronto), passed away on November 21, 2019.  John was 73 years of age.

GEORGE MacDONALD, retired CBC Winnipeg Stagehand, passed away on November 19, 2019 at age 89.

BILL UNGER, former CBC Toronto Transmitter Technician, passed away on November 16, 2019.  Bill was 65 years old.

JEAN-MARC DUMONT, retired CBC Ottawa Film Editor, passed away on November 13, 2019.  Jean-Marc was 80 years of age.

BILL KYASHKO, retired CBC Vancouver Assostant Manager, TV Technical Services, passed away on November 4, 2019 at age 87.

JOYCE PEARS, retired CBC Toronto and Vancouver Television Production  Assistant, passed away on November 3, 2019.  Joyce was 85 years of age.

ALLAN (AL) STAPLETON, retired  CBC  Toronto Technician and Engineering Supervisor, passed away on November 1, 2019.  Al was 100 years old.

RICK STAEHLING, former CBC Vancouver Graphic Designer and 34 Year Film Critic for CBC Radio "Afternoon Show", passed away on October 25, 2019.  Rick was 73 years of age.

WARD McBURNEY, writer of Creative non-fiction, broadcast on CBC Radio One's "Fresh Air", passed away on October 24, 2019 at age 57.

WENDY NUTTER, retired CBC Ottawa Head Office Secretary to the Internal Auditor (V.P.), passed away on October 23, 2019.  Wendy was 72 years old.

PATRICIA CHANTRY (nee SHARLOW), retired CBC Toronto  Production Secretary "Music Hop"/Script Assistant, passed away on October 22, 2019 at age 74..

GLEN GELETTE, retired CBC Toronto Network Sports' Unit Manager passed away on October 19, 2019.  Glen was 83 years old.

MARY WONG, retired CBC Vancouver Film Editor/CBC Toronto Bilingual Editor and Sound Technician/Editor, passed away on October 10, 2019.  Mary was 60 years of age.

JEAN BRUCE (nee SMITH), former CBC Ottawa Radio Producer, passed away on October 7, 2019.  Jean was 83 years old.

BRUCE MARTIN, former CBC Toronto Researcher/Script Writer with "The Nature of Things", passed away on October 6, 2019.  Bruce was 82 years old.

MARGARET LYONS, retired CBC Toronto Public Affairs Producer/Radio Supervisor/Managing Director of Radio-CBC English Network, passed away on October 5, 2019.  Margaret was 95 years of age.

ALAIN CLERMONT, former CBC Regina Producer/Anchor, passed away on October 3, 2019.  Alain was 69 years of age.

JEANNINE DUFFY, retired CBC Ottawa Senior Clerk, passed away on October 2, 2019 at age 81.

MARIAM MOUSSAVIAN, Head of Subtitling, Radio-Canada Vancouver, passed away on September 18, 2019.

PIERRE MARTINEAU, Pierre Martineau, retired CBC Radio-Canada Vancouver Reporter, News Anchor  and Host, passed away on September 13, 2019.  Pierre was 67 years old.

DONNA TURZAK, retired CBC Winnipeg/Toronto Senior Manager, passed away on September 12, 2019.

MILES WARREN, retired from CBC Winnipeg Accounting Department, passed away on September 9, 2019 at age 79.

ROD CONEYBEARE, the voice of Jerome the Giraffe and Rusty the Rooster on CBC TV's The Friendly Giant, passed away on September 5, 2019.  Rod was 89 years of age.

NORRIS WHITFIELD, retired CBC Ottawa News and Resources Manager, passed away suddenly on September 3, 2019.  Norris was 81 years old.

DAVID PICOSKI, former CBC Toronto Audio Technician, passed away on August 22, 2019. David was 65 years of age.

JOHN ("JOHNNY") LEE, former CBC Toronto/Vancouver Cameraman, passed away on August 13, 2019.  Johnny was 89 years old.

FORREST MacKEIGAN, former CBC Toronto Production Manager, passed away on August 8, 2019.

PAT WILLETT, former CBC Toronto Radio Producer, has passed away at the age of 90.  No date of death given; obituary published in The Toronto Star newspaper on August 7, 2019.

BOB LAWSON, retired CBC Toronto Scenic Artis/Assistant Designer/Designer (1954-1980) and CBC Vancouver Design & Stagind Director (1980-1985), passed away on August 5, 2019.  Bob was 92 years old.

MARGARET McLEAN, former CBC Toronto employee - perhaps in Sales or Comminications, passed away on July 26, 2019.  Margaret was 96 years of age.

BILL PHAROAH, retired CBOT Ottawa IT Regional Manager, passed away on July 19, 2019 at age 81

RAYMOND TROTTIER, retired CBC Ottawa Technical Supervisor, passed away on July 19, 2019.  Raymond was 90 years old.

HOWARD ENGEL, former CBC Toronto Radio Producer/Executive Producer and author, passed away on July 16, 2019.  Howard was 88 years of age..

LYNDA RAULICK, retired CBC Toronto Network Morning Show Director/Assistant Director, various departments, passed away on July 10, 2019.

ING WONG WARD, Journalist/Television & Radio Producer, CBC Toronto, passed away on July 6, 2019.  Ing was 46 years old.

ALFIE KEMP, former Cameraman/Videographer with numerous TV Networks and Production Companies, including CBC Toronto, passed away on June 29, 2019.  Alfie was 75 years old.

ELIE SAVOIE, retired Producer/Director/Executive Producer/TV Program Director/Program Development Manager with CBC Vancouver; TV Program Director with CBC Regina; Director of Television with CBC Windsor. passed away on June 28, 2019.  Elie was 84 years of age.

LILLIAN SNIDER, former CBC Toronto Television Manager, passed away on June 24, 2019 at age 94.

HUGH BARR,  retired CBC Ottawa Technical Producer TV/Head of Special Projects, Head Office Ottawa, passed away on June 20, 2019.  Hugh passed away just three days before his 87th birthday.

STERLING GOSMAN,  retired Technician, CBC Fredericton, New Brunswick, passed away on June 13, 2019.  Sterline was 74 years of age.

ROBERT DESROSIERS, retired from Human Resources, Industrial Relations, CBC Ottawa Area, passed away on June 10, 2019 at age 87.

GERRY KING, retired CBC Toronto Production Sound Mixer, passed away on June 8, 2019 in Victoria, B.C.  Gerry was 88 years old.

EILEEN FRANKE, retired CBC Vancouver  Radio Canada International Producer/Former Prgm Host, CBC Affiliate CHCT-TV Calgary/Production Assistant, CTV Affiliate  CFCG-TV Montreal/CBC Radio Montreal and Toronto with Radio Canada International, passed away on June 6, 2019. Eileen was 89 years of age.

DOUG McILRAITH, retired CBC Edmonton/Winnipeg Radio and Television Announcer/Sports Broadcaster/Program Host, passed away on June 6, 2019.  Doug was 83 years of age.

GERALD "JERRY" MacDONALD, retired Editor, National TV Newsroom - Toronto, passed away on June 3, 2019 at age 82.  Jerry also served for many years with the CWSG (Canadian Wire Services Guild) Union. 

FRAN RAYNER, retired CBC Vancouver Senior Film Editor, passed away on May 22, 2019.  Fran was 86 years old.

ANGUS DALRYMPLE, retired CBC Toronto News Editor who continued working in the Newsroom after retirement until well into his 80s, passed away on May 20, 2019.  Angus was 91 years of age.

GUY BOUGIE, brother of Suzie Bougie (Assistant Co-Ordinator, CBC Pensioners' National Association office in Ottawa), passed away On May 16, 2019 at age 64.

DON REID, retired CBC Toronto Design Department Propsman and later Floor PA, passed away on May 15, 2019.  Don was 83 years old.

TOM CRIGHTON, former freelance CBC Edmonton Radio Film Reviewer/Writer and Producer/Director with CBC Calgary and Vancouver, passed away on May 14, 2019.  Tom was 73 years of age.

CHARLES "BUD" NEALE, with CBC Halifax in his early career and retired CBC Ottawa Senior Film Editor-in-Charge, passed away on May 14, 2019 at age 88.

GILBERT LOUTHOOD, retired from CBC Ottawa M.I.S. Department, passed away on May 14, 2019.  Gilbert was 81 years old.

BOB HACKBORN, retired CBC Toronto Production Designer, passed away on May 13, 2019.  Bob was 90 years of age.

MAURICE FOISY, former CBC Sydney and Halifax Host (1950s) and Vancouver (CBUT) Host in the 1960s, passed away on May 10, 2019.  Maurice was 86 years old.

ARTHUR BARRETT, retired Regional Manager of Administrative Services, CBC Newfoundland and Labrador Region, passed away on May 9, 2019.  Arthur was 95 years of age.

BRUCE FLETCHER, retired CBC Vancouver TV Lighting Technician, passed away suddenly from a heart attack on May 6, 2019 at age 68.

ORLO McCLINTOCK, retired CBC Edmonton VTR Editor, passed away on May 3, 2019.  Orlo was 87 years of age.

ZELLA VERMEULEN, retired CBC Winnipeg Film Library staffer and Film Procurement Officer, passed away on April 30, 2019.  Zella was 91 years old.

PAT GRAHAM, retired Production Assistant Radio Northern Services, CBC Ottawa, passed away on April 28, 2019.  Pat was 88 years of age.

GEORGINA ZADAK, former CBC Vancouver TV Script Assistant (late 1970s/early 1980s), passed away on April 6, 2019, the day following her 74th birthday.

TERRY HARGREAVES, Radio/TV Reporter and CBC's first Parliamentary Bureau Chief (Ottawa), passed away on April 4, 2019.  Terry was 82 years of age.

PAUL FRASER QC, former CBC News Reader/Member of the CBC Board of Directors, passed away on March 29, 2019.  Paul was 78 years of age.

ELAINE SIDWELL, widow of Ferg Sidwell (CBWT Pioneer and Manager with CBC Calgary, Moose Jaw and Regina) and mother of Gregg Sidwell (retired CBC Victoria Video Journalist), passed away on March 26, 2019.  Elaine was 93 years of age.

MOIRA NIXON, widow of CBC Winnipeg Journalist Herb Nixon and mother of retired CBC Toronto/Iqaluit/Regina/Winnipg/Vancouver Journalist Bob Nixon, passed away on March 23, 2019.  Moira was 88 years old.

PAMELA BERTON, former CBC Toronto Researcher with the "Ombudsman" Program (1970s), passed away on March 17, 2019 at 68 years of age.

HERBERT LAJEUNESSE, Buyer, Local Service, Head Office Ottawa, passed away on March 14, 2019.  Herbert was 80 years of age.

HENRI DESLAURIERS, retired CBC Radio-Canada  (Ottawa) Audio Technician, passed away on March 8, 2019.  Henri was 69 years old.

PATRICK LANE, poet and novelist, passed away on March 7, 2019.  Patrick was 79 years old.

INEZ MAY MATHEWS, Singer (Coloratura Soprano) with CBC Radio Concert Hall circa 1940s, passed away on March 4, 2019.  Inez was 96 years old.

BILL MAYES, former CBC Saskatoon TV Maintenance Technician, passed away on March 4, 2019.  He was 73 years of age.

DAVID SMITH, Editor, The National, CBC Toronto, passed away on March 1, 2019 at age 57.

SANDRA FAIRE, TV Producer with CTV, CBC Network (Toronto) and The Comedy Network, and wife of Ivan Fecan, passed away on February 27, 2019.

BETTY PHILLIPS HAWORTH, former CBC Vancouver Singer/Actress and Widow of Writer/Actor Peter Haworth, passed away on February 22, 2019.  Betty was 95 years of age.

PETER MacNEIL, retired Cameraman/Technical Producer/Technical Director, CBC Halifax/Maritimes, passed away on February 20, 2019.  Peter was 88 years old.

LORENNA DIONNE PLIMER, retired CBC Ottawa French National News Producer, passed away on February 19, 2019 at age 82.

ROMA ASSELIN, retired Corporate Real Estate Agent, CBC Engineering, Head Office Ottawa, passed away on February 18, 2019.  Roma was 86 years old.

TONI MYERS, former CBC Toronto Assistant Editor and Independent Documentary Producer/Director/Editor, passed away on February 18, 2019. Toni was 75 years of age.

JEAN BRAZEAU, CBC Ottawa Operations Centre Supervisor, passed away on February 15, 2019 at age 62.

URSULA PAULINE (nee HILLS) THOMAS, CBC Solo Pianist and Accompanist and "Paulie" on CBC School Broadcasts, passed away on February 11, 2019.  She was 98 years old.

LOUIS de NIVERVILLE, former CBC Toronto Graphic Designer, passed away on February 11, 2019.  Louis was 85 years of age.

JOE SCHLESINGER, Journalist and Author, passed away on February 11, 2019 at age 90.

LAURIE MILLS, CBC Calgary Announcer/Producer/Host, passed away on February 2, 2019.  He was 80 years old.

MARY McFARLAND (Wife of Ian McFarland, retired CBC Broadcaster/Host-Writer of Radio-Canada International's English Language Service), passed away on February 2, 2019.  Mary was 83 years of age.

PATRICK (PAT) FORD, Unit Manager, CBC TV Sports, Toronto, passed away on January 31, 2019.  Pat was 94 years of age. 

BOB PICKEN, CBC Winnipeg Sportscasting Legend, passed away on January 30, 2019 at age 86.

BILL LYTWYN,  retired CBC ENG Cameraman, passed away on January 28, 2019.  Bill was 69 years old.

RON EVANDEN, retired CBC Toronto Lighting Director, passed away on January 23, 2019.  Ron was 90 years of age.

TOM HOUSTON, retired CBC Montreal EHQ Technician/CBC Vancouver Senior Maintenance Technician, passed away on January 22, 2019 on board his sailboat "Toroa" in Mazatlan, Mexico.  Tom was 85 years old.

SUZANNE MESS, retired CBC Toronto Costume Designer, passed away on January 22, 2019 at 91 years of age. 

MARV TERHOCH, former Head of CBC Network Television Variety and  Winnipeg Director of Television/Regional Director/E.P. "24 Hours", passed away on January 19, 2019.  Marv was 71 years old.

ANN ZAZA, former CBC Toronto Writer/Producer/Editor, passed away on January 13, 2019.  Ann was 64 years old.

NEIL CRORY, former CBC Toronto Senior Radio Music Producer, passed away on January 13, 2019.  Neil was 69 years of age.

VERN GLASS, retired Co-Ordinating Producer, CBC Winnipeg, passed away on January 9, 2019.  Vern was 93 years old.

LEN CHAPPLE, former CBC Vancouver Radio and Television Producer/Executive Producer, passed away on January 2, 2019.  Len was one month shy of his 97th birthday.