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.
Irv Weinstein was 87. He was the legendary WKBW-TV anchor who used alliterative expressions like “pistol packing punks” as the king of local television news in Buffalo for decades.
From this side of Lake Ontario, Irv was Buffalo. Here's something I wrote about Buffalo Eyewitness News about a decade ago.
Dick Enberg was 82. He was one of the most versatile and enthusiastic sports announcer of his era, calling major league baseball, college and pro football, college basketball, boxing, tennis, golf, Olympics, Rose Bowls and Super Bowls and Breeders’ Cup horse racing.
June Rowlands was 93. She was Toronto's first female mayor, elected in 1991. She served as the city’s 60th mayor until 1994.
Jim Nabors was 87. He was the singer and actor best known for his role as Gomer Pyle on "The Andy Griffith Show." His character was spun-off into a new series, "Gomer Pyle, U.S.M.C.," which ran for five seasons.
David Cassidy was 67. He was the1970s pop culture idol who starred as Keith Partridge in “The Partridge Family.”
Malcolm Young was 64. He was the legendary guitarist who co-founded AC/DC with his younger brother, Angus Young.
Roy Halladay was 40. He was the greatest starting pitcher in Blue Jays history and one of my all-time favourite players. If you search this site for the keyword "halladay" you will find dozens and dozens of entries about the man.
Here are a few of my favourites:
- Roy Halladay Becomes G.O.A.T.
- On Roy Halladay
- Roy Halladay: He Deserves More Credit
- Halladay vs. Stieb: It's Getting Closer
- I Heart Roy Halladay
- Halladay Wins the Cy Young Award
- The Day I Saw A Near No-Hitter
- Roy Halladay is Perfect
- Roy Halladay's Thank You Ad
Fats Domino was 89. He was the influential rock and roll artist best known for his songs Ain't That A Shame, Blueberry Hill and I'm Walkin'.
Robert Guillaume was 89. He was the actor best known for his role as Benson on the TV-series Soap and the spin-off Benson, as well as Isaac Jaffe on Sports Night.
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