Scruff Connors, Dead at 64

Scruff ConnorsJeff "Scruff Connors" Newfield was 64. He was the radio broadcaster best known in these parts for his two stints at Q107, and most recently, MOJO Radio.

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Brian cook

RIP Scruff. You were always great on air and enjoyable to listen to. Condolences to the family

December 18, 2016 @ 2:33 PM

Rick McCabe

Scruff on the Q morning zoo so many good laughs plus was good to hear him back again for a couple of other stints at Q107.

December 18, 2016 @ 3:21 PM

dale (Bolton)

1 of my favorite DJ's of all time. That's when Q107 was the Mighty Q.

December 18, 2016 @ 3:24 PM

Cambo

Very sad. I'll never forget breakfast on the Mayflower.

One of the original originals. RIP.

December 18, 2016 @ 3:37 PM

Sid_V

Scruff is the first radio guy to make an impression on me. Scruff and Geets made me a Q107 fan. I seem to recall Scruff doing some time at Htz-FM as well, somewhere between his Toronto stints at Q and MOJO. RIP, Scruffer.

December 18, 2016 @ 3:50 PM

GUNTer

ohhhh shit no! scruff was maybe the first dj I was really into. he made me laugh so many mornings. RIP scruff!

December 18, 2016 @ 4:52 PM

Stu Gatz

His "Guess The Meat That I'm Beating" radio bit may be one of the funniest of all time.

December 18, 2016 @ 5:14 PM

Rick C in Oakville

Growing up listening to Q107, Scruff was the choice for myself and all my classmates. I remember his bit of getting locked out of the LP library and only having Led Zeppelins album (or was it just Stairway to Heaven) to play for his whole shift. Had people phoning in and playing music over the phone for him.
I hear Humble and Fred reference his son TJ is also a DJ, no doubt his dad was a hard act to follow.
Any word on what was the cause? I recall an article years ago that he was living in a friends house i think in Port Hope, and was pretty well destitute at that time.

December 18, 2016 @ 5:20 PM

dunford

Awww, Scruffy ... You were a hoot.

You won the Pie Fight.

December 18, 2016 @ 5:30 PM

Chris

RIP Scruff.

I first discovered 97.7 HTZ FM in St Catharines when he was turfed from Q107 and read that's where he wound up.

December 18, 2016 @ 5:33 PM

Jim Connell

Having Jeff as a roomie in London during the 70s was kind of like hanging out with the Stones road crew. Stay hilarious my friend.

December 18, 2016 @ 6:09 PM

Joe Myles

Sad to hear of Jeff's passing. I grew up in Winnipeg listening to him on 58-CKY. His "Weirdman" show on Saturday nights was absolutely stellar!! Thanks for the memories (and the music) Jeff. R.I.P.

December 18, 2016 @ 6:21 PM

Norm

RIP Scruff. Loved you at the Q when the Q was the best !!

December 18, 2016 @ 6:37 PM

Anonymous

YOU WERE THE BEST BUDDY RIP MY FRIEND

December 18, 2016 @ 6:54 PM

Kristy Knight

A Great Radio Legend.

THE biggest radio legend this country has ever seen/heard.

Scruff Connors.

The original shock jock.
The man we grew up smiling with.
The man who gave EVERYTHING of himself to make us laugh.

He inspired us all.
We could never keep up with him.
We could never top him.
We could never stop him.

Most importantly....He loved everything harder than he should have.

Thank you for your lessons and laughs Scuff.
Without you....I would not be who and what I am.

#RIP

December 18, 2016 @ 6:55 PM

DALE WILSON

YOU WERE THE BEST BUDDY RIP MY FRIEND

December 18, 2016 @ 6:56 PM

Jim Patry

He was a great D.J at Q.partied with him a couple of times at Nags Head North ,real funny guy.R.I.P. Scruffer,you will be missed

December 18, 2016 @ 7:02 PM

james cauchon

this cant be topped...
Stu Gatz sends: Scruff's "Guess The Meat That I'm Beating" radio bit may be one of the funniest of all time.

Yes true, couldn't be topped, but that was until he beat somebody who really has meat (Maple Leaf Foods) to the tune of $16,000 in a listeriosis class action settlement in '08....reporting he had eaten from the poisonous lot-numbered package he got his hands on, and which he just still happened to have some remaining meat in his half-empty fridge. And that worked very well for the gullible CBC crew that dropped by....check out this report, and pick up Scruffer at 1.00 mark https://youtu.be/bqUjj6BTaTo * Maple Leaf listeria outbreak, Doug Powell, CBC National New *
Fully recovering from this dangerous meat-eating....he did eat it, didnt he?...hmmm, not so sure...just ask his cat. RIP great clown and generous person. some great MOJO times together... jimmy c.

December 18, 2016 @ 7:52 PM

Kevin isaacs

Rest easy scruffier you was the best

December 18, 2016 @ 7:55 PM

Debbie Saunders

The ScruffaConnorousDomesticous becomes extinct RIP Scruff. Thanks for the memories Sir .

December 18, 2016 @ 8:00 PM

Teena in Toronto

Loved listening to Scruff back in the day! I still remember him asking the question "What do a fake blonde and an airplane have in common?" and then giving the answer out of the blue about a half out later.

December 18, 2016 @ 8:10 PM

Cyndi Culbert

You will be forever missed, thanks for giving us great times.

December 18, 2016 @ 8:42 PM

Debra

RIP Scruff Connors - you were a beloved radio guy in Toronto. You will be missed!

December 18, 2016 @ 8:44 PM

Stu Johnston

I echo your memory's Kristy, he was the best, growing up in the early eighties and waking up to scruff made our day going to school, R.I.P chicken mannnnnn

December 18, 2016 @ 8:57 PM

Dave

RIP Scruff . Spent many hours listening to Scuff on the "Q". He was the best !

December 18, 2016 @ 8:58 PM

Mike Mcguigan

Your a legend

December 18, 2016 @ 9:08 PM

Jim Ford

Will miss you Scruff, you were THE DJ during my formative late teens and early adulthood, and we miss you budd. RIP - "Scruff" Connors, truely, one of a kind. :(

December 18, 2016 @ 9:47 PM

james cauchon

https://youtu.be/PUjKDTGqJZk

one more from the master,, Hello Dildo..

&
i had alot of time during mojo and after we all got canned '04 to hear his tales,...and id test him sometimes to repeat parts of the stories to ensure he wasnt pulling my leg....his memories were identical everytime......one favorite.....the time he got the Philadelphia morning jock slot, leaving the slaights and Q (he was hired on the word of Triumph bandmembers who were touring there at time)..it was a tough 6 months for him..couldnt move the needle...then laying on late friday night couch watching Letterman and his guest..Howard Stern, who climbed up on Letterman's desk and starting rhyming off the cities about to join his network (pre-yet to be invented satellite)..'David, its huge..Detroit, Dallas, Miami..Letterman jumped in Howard!! Howard!! get off my desk!!!....Stern continued,,'Chicago, Kansas City, Philadlephia....'...Scruff heard Philly, calls PD right away...PD tells him,,,scruff, was gonna tell ya Monday,,,were bringing in Stern. --Hello Gary!!! ...... and what was that favorite line of his when a guy would be in trouble with his girl...'she gave him hot tongue and cold shoulder'!!! ..may the stories pour forward..

December 18, 2016 @ 9:55 PM

Kenner

Spent my "formative teen years" listening to "Scruffer in the morning"on the 'Q.
Arr-dee-arr Billy. Never been to sea, never seen a fish!
Sleep the good sleep Scruff.

December 18, 2016 @ 10:15 PM

Fan from the 80's

Many a laugh listening to Scruff, he was part of our day waking up for high school. His friendship with Matilda Washington and her "broccoli" stories where epic along with his Chicken Man series! He's everywhere, he's everywhere! RIP Scruff.

December 18, 2016 @ 10:24 PM

Rex

Ah Scruff Connors. My favorite DJ at Q107, absolutely loved his sense of humor and THE CHAMP!
RIP Jeff "Scruff Connors" Newfield. 64 is too young.
My condolences to his close friends and family.

December 18, 2016 @ 10:52 PM

Joe from Everett

Grew up with scruff. Very sad day indeed . RIP.

December 18, 2016 @ 11:20 PM

Anonymous

Rest in peace Scruff, Glad I had the pleasure of knowing you and meeting you on a few occassions, My condolences to the family

December 18, 2016 @ 11:29 PM

Gail

I remember driving to work that day when he couldnt get into the LP library and he had to play Stairway to Heaven( Led Zepplin)......R.I.P. Scruff...Condolences to his family and friends.

December 18, 2016 @ 11:51 PM

Stuart Kenn

Our partnership in the printing and publishing industry will not be forgotten my friend. Our conversations at the Muddy in Beeton, about our radio years in the 80s will never be forgotten. Brother to brother, "no shop talk tonight". ;)

December 19, 2016 @ 12:08 AM

Beetle in St.Marys

I listened to Scruff religiously on the Mighty Q and later on 97.7 HTZ FM. He was definitely the best! Some times I just couldn't stop laughing as he was so very entertaining. R.I.P. Scruff :-(

Condolences to his family and friends.

December 19, 2016 @ 12:08 AM

Javed Jafri

Gone too early and he sure had fans in this city.

You can hear a Xmas song that Scruff did on this clip from the early 80's beginning at 2:07:

http://www.lettheuniverseanswer.com/2015/12/10/q107-cfny-xmas-1982/

December 19, 2016 @ 12:19 AM

Houseman from the Hammer

Two words...THE CHAMP
RIP Scruff...thanks for the laughs.

December 19, 2016 @ 2:59 AM

Greg L

Much as others, the Scruffer was the first real "morning man" I ever listened to when growing up in Toronto. At the time, I just knew he was one funny guy but looking back now I realize he wasn't only funny but also a brilliant and innovative artist who was just a little crazy (in a good way!) as well lol.

I've missed "Stuff By Scuff" and all the "Scruffco" products since he disappeared from the morning airwaves. Now he's gone things have gotten even sadder. RIP Sruffer .......

December 19, 2016 @ 5:46 AM

kevin Macleod

R.I.P. Mr Scruff Thanks for the many laughs.

December 19, 2016 @ 6:01 AM

Robert J. MulhoLland

Used to listen every morning, back in the '80's on Q107 while working-"THE CHAMP" was hilarious and made my mornings lighter and brighter-Thanks for the laughs "Scruff" May you R.I.P. Far too soon!

December 19, 2016 @ 6:21 AM

Steven Meil

My friend Stan & I interviewed Scruff on March 6 1986 when Scruff did morning radio in Philadelphia. I have a lot of his crazy calls uploaded to my computer from cassette tapes. I still listen to them frequently , After I moved from Philadelphia Stan used to send me tapes of his shows (Its really too bad we did not have today's technology back then.) I would never miss a show.) I wish we could find a place to post some of his favorite bits from all of his fans,

December 19, 2016 @ 6:30 AM

Cheryl

RIP. I remember him. After Pete Griffin left CHUM FM, I switched to Scruff and he was really funny. Now I remember he sent me a T-shirt and a taped audio autograph. I think I wore the T-shirt out, but don't know what happened to the tape.

December 19, 2016 @ 6:55 AM

JIM BRCIC

Just a small correction. Scruff was not the champ that skit was by his replacement I believe was named Brother Jake. Scruff had many a good ones of his own.

December 19, 2016 @ 7:07 AM

Alison kidd

Very said to hear. My condolence to his family and friends

December 19, 2016 @ 7:46 AM

Arley Harley

I remember going to Q 107 when they were at Yonge and Bloor and Scruff gave my friends and I Rock patrol buttons He entertained a few of us I remember Who Dat Singer He truly was a funny guy
R.I.P Scruff

December 19, 2016 @ 8:25 AM

James Edgar

RIP Scruff :( While not a really avid listener he was a favourite .

December 19, 2016 @ 8:47 AM

Barbara

Kristy Knight you said it all in a nut shell

December 19, 2016 @ 8:59 AM

Barbara

Just to make you laugh at a sad time there was about 8 of us at a dinner and Scruff picked up the bowl of salad and said anyone for toss salad and tossed it all over the table RIP

December 19, 2016 @ 9:09 AM

The Voice of Reason

RIP

Likely Canada's greatest radio talent ever produced.

December 19, 2016 @ 9:15 AM

Rick

RIP Scruff. Sorry about that time I made you mad re: putting BBQs together. You were always awesome and fun to listen to.

December 19, 2016 @ 10:11 AM

Geoff Parsons

Too many good times to remember, RIP Jeff!

December 19, 2016 @ 10:14 AM

Steve Garrison

Worked with him at the old 1290 CJBK
He was here in London, for not a long time, but need to tell you, there was never a dull moment on the air and off the year.
Will always remember him.

December 19, 2016 @ 10:26 AM

susan boychuck

Scruff was my next door neighbour in 1988 in st. Catharines. What a character! When he did the stint, "New Kids on the Block" and had all the highschool kids come down to the radio station during the school day to supposedly meet the band, it was my three month old baby and my cousin's infant baby that drove up in the limo and pranked the city. Boy were people angry that day.

December 19, 2016 @ 10:36 AM

Greg Gorham

RIP Scruff Connors!

December 19, 2016 @ 12:06 PM

Barbara

Was also thinking (remember Matilda) from the States even brought her here in a limo and had a big party for her and gave her soo much she hardly had anything

December 19, 2016 @ 12:22 PM

Edgar Slade

RIP Scruff , lots of memories of the morning zoo way back when it was The mighty Q.... everbody else came in 2nd...

December 19, 2016 @ 12:43 PM

Joe

Probably the best dj I've ever listens to. That's when Q was great, Scruff was so entertaining unlike that pompus clown Derringer.

December 19, 2016 @ 1:39 PM

Don Hicks

I recall going up the stairs with Scruff in the CN Tower climb back in the 80's for some thing Q107 was putting on.

December 19, 2016 @ 3:05 PM

Harold Bickerstaff

CHICKEN MAN
THE CHAMP
PAAAARDON ?
RIP Scruff

December 19, 2016 @ 3:31 PM

Dani

Another revolutionary radio soul gone. How brave he was. Rest.

December 19, 2016 @ 3:33 PM

Brian Gallant

Mighty loss mighty Q RIP SCRUFF C

December 19, 2016 @ 3:42 PM

Rick P

Kristy Knight, (a legend herself, although she will humbly disagree) put it best indeed.

Thanks for so many great laughs and memories, Scruff.
You are irreplaceable.

RIP our friend.

December 19, 2016 @ 4:15 PM

Dave Miles

What a shock!! That is too bad; I listened to him in the early 80's religiously. I will always remember the line about the morning show on Chum FM back in the day: Is Roger Dickin' Marilyn?! lol I also met him once in Mississauga and he was very personable and funny, of course. He will be missed by everyone who knew of him...RIP Scruff

December 19, 2016 @ 6:03 PM

Mike in the North

I remember my dad telling me about this great morning show he would listen to on his way to work, on this radio station in TO called Q107. I was eleven, just starting to play drums, getting into RnR in a big way, and I was lucky enough to find out about Scruff and Gene in the mornings. The wake up calls, Chicken Man, the 'Scruff Ruff', the general madness that was clever and incisive at the same time, these things fuelled my mornings for several years, actually until I left home at 16.

I can't believe he's gone so soon. 2016 has truly sucked.

December 19, 2016 @ 6:06 PM

Anna Tamm

A long time listener of the Q. Remembering when I heard your name regularly. Condolences to the family. RIP

December 19, 2016 @ 6:28 PM

Pattie

Worked with Scruff at Celebrity Caterers...R.I.P. condolences to his family!

December 19, 2016 @ 6:47 PM

Anonymous

The Scruff Ruff, and showering with a friend.

December 19, 2016 @ 7:09 PM

Kim strong

Such sad news, yet the mention of his name brings a smile! Never forgotten.

December 19, 2016 @ 7:32 PM

TONY HANSEN

THANKS SCRUFF REST IN PEACE - SO MANY GREAT LAUGHS AND MOMENTS ON THE MIGHTY Q.
"OK WHIP IT OUT...."

December 19, 2016 @ 7:35 PM

Javed Jafri

Gone too early and he sure had his fans in this city.

I gravitated more towards CFNY and WZIR and then WUWU FM out of Buffalo during the original Scruff era at Q but I would tune in every now and then. I have a little XMAS tune that he did posted to my web site. Use the search function at let the universe answer or click on my name and type in "Q107 & CFNY XMAS 1982" and you should get to the post. May have to hit the continue reading to access the full post. Anyway the XMAS ditty sounds perhaps outdated now and Toronto has had 34 years to become more accustomed to our differences.

December 19, 2016 @ 8:11 PM

Javed Jafri

In order to facilitate easier access. I will try this, did not work last time but here's the link to the Scruff XMAS song. Starts at 2:09 of the clip. Not great quality as it's on one of those "sticky" tapes that were not uncommon during the 80's:

http://www.lettheuniverseanswer.com/2015/12/10/q107-cfny-xmas-1982

December 19, 2016 @ 9:28 PM

John Thompson

Rip Scruff. You were and always will be the best and funniest morning man of all time. Life is too short. Seems like yesterday. Will never forget you. Condolences to all family and friends.

December 20, 2016 @ 12:28 AM

Maria

Irreplaceable and unforgettable thanks for the memories, RIP

I still remember the Spanish you talk us "C"


December 20, 2016 @ 6:49 AM

Ralph

Wow shocked. Q107 was my radio growing up. Scruff was the man. Met him couple times partying in Keswick. Sad day for radio. RIP

December 20, 2016 @ 7:39 AM

Michael Towers

Had the pleasure of meeting Scruff back in the the day what an amazing individual, funny as hell you will truly be missed my thoughts and prayers go out to the family...R.I.P.

December 20, 2016 @ 11:22 AM

mike

Nobody in radio was ever as funny and outrageous than Scruff Connors in the early 80's.

Rip Scruff.

December 20, 2016 @ 1:09 PM

Daniel Lirette

WOW I had pleasure of hanging with scruff threw my cousin Brad and very nice man. And extremely funny and great host.. RIP my friend

December 20, 2016 @ 1:55 PM

John Gadomski

Listened to Scruff in the 80's on Q107, always kept me laughing. RIP Scruff you where one of a kind.

December 20, 2016 @ 5:10 PM

Dean

Thanks for getting me through millions of shifts at GM

December 20, 2016 @ 6:51 PM

Louis Big Rig McIvor

Never had my chance to meet Scruff in person.... but I have the pleasure of working with Jeff's son, TJ Connors as my PD at NL Broadcasting in Kamloops where TJ hosts the Morning Show on www.country103.ca . In a short time, in a new town... he became the pride and envy of his Father every time he turns on the Mic.

Rest in peace Scruff... I know he's a handful but I'll try to watch his back!
You've left a FINE legacy and a Proud Son to carry on.

December 20, 2016 @ 8:08 PM

Denis Gauvin

are d are Scruff you wont be forgotten

December 20, 2016 @ 9:19 PM

Clyde Brown

You did a lot of crazy things on and off the radio ,Little Tony"s was a blast and Parson"s place R.I.P. R.I.P .

December 21, 2016 @ 7:14 AM

Toronto Mike Verified as the defacto Toronto Mike

Great comments regarding Scruff. I know his son is reading and finding strength in your kind words.

Regarding Chickenman, it was an old 60s serial out of the US that Q107 would play. I loved it, too. Here's one episode:

Regarding The Champ, that was definitely Brother Jake Edwards. Here's something I wrote about The Champ back in 2003. http://www.torontomike.com/2003/12/the_champ.html

Here's an episode:

"Beat the Baloney" was pure Scruff.

December 21, 2016 @ 10:02 AM

Barbara

Thanks Toronto Mike

December 21, 2016 @ 11:01 PM

Gary M

Imagine living a life where your passing leads to such a unanimously glowing outpouring. Scruff Connors crushed it in this world.

As great as he was on the air, the endless stream of "I met him and he was really nice" says it all for me.

December 22, 2016 @ 11:02 PM

Jason from Sudbury

Damn, this sucks. Was just thinking about him a couple weeks ago and was wondering how he was doing. RIP Scruff.

December 23, 2016 @ 7:52 AM

WAMO

Remembering a shared laugh on a flight to Vancouver when Scruff's MP3 player headphones broke... I'm sure Heaven does not have knock-off headphones... Great DJ...big personality... You will be missed Scruff.

December 23, 2016 @ 2:29 PM

Geoff

How big is the baloney...bamm bamm bamm.....I think .that baloney is 9 inches Scruffer...
What a great guy...
RSP Scruff

December 24, 2016 @ 11:43 AM

Jim Willett

Jeff and I worked at CFSL in Weyburn Saskatchewan as DJs in 1969 and he was my best man in 1970 in Winnipeg. Over the years I had lost track of him until I saw this post about his passing. He was a wild man from the beginning and left too soon.

December 28, 2016 @ 4:31 PM

Garth Meacham

Scruff and I shared lockers in Junior High and High School in Winnipeg in the 60's. As funny as he was on radio, in class you laughed so hard at his antics your stomach hurt. I listened to his first professional radio broadcast around 1968 with some of his theater and broadcasting friends from school. We stayed good friends throughout his career and he also became a solid family friend. Whenever he phoned he would imitate our principle at Junior High School so I would know who was calling, and every time it was funny... right into the 2000's. My family and I will miss him and his genius.

December 28, 2016 @ 9:53 PM

Dave and Veronica

Know scruff in his later yes in Ptbo.. BP north
Decent guy RIP...and our thoughts.are.with his wife ...another really decent person

March 21, 2017 @ 9:40 PM

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