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In Memoriam

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Ed Asner, Dead at 91

Ed Asner was the burly and prolific character actor who became a star in middle age as the gruff but lovable newsman Lou Grant, first in the hit comedy The Mary Tyler Moore Show and later in the drama Lou Grant. My kids know him best as Santa Claus in
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Tom T. Hall, Dead at 85

Tom T. Hall was the consummate country songwriter who penned the classic "That's How I Got To Memphis, captured life's intimate details with lighthearted songs such as "I Like Beer" and showcased era-defining sharpness with "Harper Valley PTA,"
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Bill Davis, Dead at 92

Bill Davis served as the 18th Premier of Ontario from 1971 to 1985. Davis was first elected as the MPP for Peel in the 1959 provincial election where he was a backbencher in Leslie Frost's government. Under John Robarts, he was minister of education. He succeeded Robarts as Premier of
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Peter Trueman, Dead at 86

Peter Trueman was the original anchor for Global News, well known for his commentaries in the last minutes of each broadcast which he would end by saying "That is not news. But that, too, is reality". He worked for the Global Television Network between 1974 and July 1988.
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Jackie Mason, Dead at 93

Jackie Mason was a rabbi-turned-comedian best known for his sharp wit and piercing social commentary, often about being Jewish, men and women and his own inadequacies. He voiced Krusty's father Rabbi Hyman Krustofsky on The Simpsons. Season three's Like Father, Like Clown remains a personal favourite.
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B. J. Thomas, Dead at 78

B. J. Thomas was the singer widely known for his hit songs of the 1960s and 1970s, which appeared on the pop, country, and Christian music charts, and included recordings of the Mark James song "Hooked on a Feeling" and the Burt Bacharach and Hal David song "Raindrops Keep Fallin'
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Paul Soles, Dead at 90

Paul Soles was a prolific actor who voiced the title character in the 1960s Spider-Man cartoon, and portrayed Hermey in the 1964 television special Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer. In that Spider-Man cartoon, Paul worked with his cousin Bernard Cowan. Bernard's son Elliott appeared on Toronto Mike'd to celebrate his career.
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