Arthur Black was 74. He was the humourist who hosted Basic Black on CBC Radio for 19 years and won the Stephen Leacock Memorial Medal for Humour three times.
Reg E. Cathey was 59. He was the actor best known for his roles as Norman Wilson in The Wire and Martin Querns in Oz, two fantastic series I highly recommend.
John Mahoney was 77. He was the actor who appeared in Eight Men Out, Say Anything..., In the Line of Fire, Reality Bites, and The American President before finding fame as Martin Crane in the sitcom Frasier.
Mort Walker was 94. He was the comic strip writer best known for creating the newspaper comic strips Beetle Bailey in 1950 and Hi and Lois in 1954.
Red Fisher was 91. He was the sports journalist who covered the Montreal Canadiens for 58 years at the Montreal Star and Montreal Gazette.
Dolores O'Riordan was 46. She was lead singer of the band The Cranberries best known for their hits "Dreams", "Linger", "Zombie", "Ode to My Family" and "Salvation".
Keith Jackson was 89. He was the legendary college football announcer whose iconic "Whoa Nellie" catchphrase was a regular part of Saturdays for years.
Donnelly Rhodes was 80. He was the actor best known for his roles as Sgt Nick Raitt on Sidestreet and Grant "Doc" Roberts on Danger Bay. He was also Dutch Leitner on Soap and Doctor Cottle on Battlestar Galactica.
Jerry Van Dyke was 86. He was the actor best known for his appearances on his older brother's sitcom The Dick Van Dyke Show and as Luther Van Dam on Coach.
Johnny Bower was 93. Nicknamed "The China Wall", the Hall of Famer won four Stanley Cups tending goal for the Toronto Maple Leafs. In retirement, no Leafs alumnus was more active than Johnny Bower.
Often at this time of year I'd share Johnny Bower's "Honky the Christmas Goose". Sung with Little John and the Rinky Dinks, it was released in 1965 and enjoyed a significant amount of airplay, making it to number 29 on our Canadian music charts.
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