It is with deep sadness that the University of Calgary learned of the passing of Stuart McLean - a recipient of an honorary doctorate - journalist, professor, author and radio host.
Stuart McLean was a little bit Mark Twain, a little bit Stephen Leacock, and a little bit you and me. He died from melanoma. The radio show, written and hosted by McLean, featured folksy yarns about Dave, owner of a second hand record store, and his wife.
He was a humourist, but most of all, a story teller who had a remarkable ability to touch the hearts of Canadians with his witty and insightful stories from the fictitious Vinyl Cafe, which chronicled the exploits of Dave and Morley in small town Canada.
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McLean's started in public broadcasting in the 1970s as a researcher on Cross-Country Check-Up, before making documentaries for CBC Radio's Sunday Morning.
He later became a columnist and guest host on CBC's Morningside before becoming host of The Vinyl Cafe.
McLean toured Canada and the US with the The Vinyl Cafe show, which was recorded before live audiences. Later, he said that the first round of immunotherapy had not been successful, and that he would undergo another round later this year.
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McLean died of cancer on February 15, 2017 in Toronto, at the age of 68.
He was upbeat about his cancer setback last December and told fans in an online message that he expected to return to work.
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