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In Memoriam

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Mike Filey, Dead at 80

Mike Filey was Toronto's best known historian who organized Heritage Toronto, a citizen's group interested in Toronto's history and wrote The Way We Were column for the Toronto Sun as well as more than two dozen books about the history of Toronto.
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James Caan, Dead at 82

James Caan was the actor best known for playing Sonny Corleone in “The Godfather.” He also had significant roles in films such as Brian's Song, Cinderella Liberty, The Gambler, Rollerball, A Bridge Too Far, Alan J. Pakula's Comes a Horseman, Thief, Gardens of Stone, Misery, Dick Tracy, Bottle Rocket, The
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Ed Needham, Dead at 90

Ed Needham, the King of Rant Radio, was the radio broadcaster best known for his long-running evening talk show on 1010 CFRB in the 1980s and 90s. At his height in the 1990s he boasted a salary in excess of $100,000 a year and over 300,000 listeners. Thanks
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Ronnie Hawkins, Dead at 87

The Hawk nurtured such band members as Roy Buchanan, Beverly D'Angelo, David Foster, Lawrence Gowan and Pat Travers but his greatest legacy is his band of Rick Danko, Levon Helm, Garth Hudson, Richard Manuel and Robbie Robertson who left to back Bob Dylan and then made their own mark as
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David Milgaard, Dead at 69

David Milgaard spent 23 years in prison for a rape and murder he did not commit. Milgaard's case was overturned when DNA evidence linked notorious rapist Larry Fisher to the murder and he was released on April 16, 1992, prompting the Tragically Hip to write "Wheat Kings."
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Fred Ward, Dead at 79

Fred Ward was the Golden Globe-winning actor who appeared in such films as The Right Stuff, Escape from Alcatraz, Southern Comfort, Remo Williams: The Adventure Begins, Tremors and Tremors 2: Aftershocks, Henry & June, The Player, Swing Shift and Short Cuts.
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Mike Hagerty, Dead at 67

Mike Hagerty was the actor who appeared in a slew of films from 1983 to 2020, including Brewster’s Millions, So I Married an Axe Murderer, Austin Powers: The Spy Who Shagged Me, Inspector Gadget, Rampage: The Hillside Strangler Murders, and Thin Ice. He was also a recurring character on
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Naomi Judd, Dead at 76

Naomi Judd was the singer of the Grammy-winning duo The Judds and mother of Wynonna and Ashley Judd. Her hits with Wynonna included “Love Can Build a Bridge” in 1990,“Mama He’s Crazy” in 1984, “Why Not Me” in 1984,“Turn It Loose” in 1988, “Girls Night Out” in
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Guy Lafleur, Dead at 70

Guy Lafleur led the Habs to four consecutive Stanley Cup titles from 1976 to 1979, and won the Hart Trophy as the league's most valuable player twice during that period. He also captured the 1977 Conn Smythe Trophy as the playoff MVP. I remember well his comeback with the New
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