Friday, August 16, 2013

Roy Bonisteel, long time host of CBC's "Man Alive" dies at 83

Roy Bonisteel, long-time host of CBC's Man Alive program, has died at the age of 83, the Canadian Press reports.. Bonisteel hosted Man Alive from 1967 to 1989 and became a public speaker, writer and citizenship judge. His daughter Lesley told CP that her father had been battling cancer and passed away early Friday morning at his home north of Trenton, Ontario. Bonisteel, who was born in Ameliasburgh in Prince Edward County, Ont., started his career as a journalist at newspapers in Belleville and Trenton. He went on to become a radio announcer, in Belleville, St. Catharines and Vancouver. Bonisteel would turn his experiences as the host of Man Alive into writing material: he wrote two books that focused on interviews with figures such as Mother Teresa and the Dalai Lama. He also wrote a memoir about his childhood on a farm in Ontario’s Bay of Quinte area, and a collection of magazine columns. In 1994, Bonisteel was named to the Order of Canada.

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