Say­ing good­bye to Stu­art McLean

The Hamilton Spectator - - A&E - THE CANA­DIAN PRESS

For­mer CBC col­leagues, en­ter­tain­ers and politi­cians ex­pressed their grief Wed­nes­day as news spread of the death of Stu­art McLean, host of CBC Ra­dio’s “The Vinyl Cafe.” Here’s some of the tributes friends and ad­mir­ers shared:

“On the Vinyl Cafe and in com­mu­ni­ties across the coun­try, Stu­art McLean told uniquely Cana­dian sto­ries.”

•Prime Min­is­ter Justin Trudeau, on Twit­ter.

“Stu­art McLean filled so well the air­waves with his sto­ries and of­fered us mem­o­rable mo­ments. He will be dearly missed.”

•Gov. Gen. David John­ston, on Twit­ter.

“RIP Stu­art McLean. A great story teller & a fine man. Con­do­lences to Dave & Mor­ley & all at Wongs Scot­tish Meat Pies. #DaveCook­sTheTurkey”

•CBC-TV host and per­son­al­ity Rick Mercer, on Twit­ter.

“I wrote sev­eral #Stu­ar­tMa­clean par­o­dies for ‘22.’ They were easy to write be­cause I was such a fan of his work. I’ll miss his Canada.”

•Co­me­dian Mark Critch of the CBC show “This Hour Has 22 Min­utes,” on Twit­ter.

“So sad to hear of Stu­art McLean’s pass­ing. ‘Vinyl Cafe’ played one of my songs once & when I heard HIS voice say my name I nearly passed out.”

•Mu­si­cian Dono­van Woods, on Twit­ter.

“E.B. White talked about that in­ef­fa­ble place where tears meet laugh­ter. That place where you can’t trust your emo­tions, where you find your­self fall­ing from one to the other. When we find our­selves there, White said, we find our­selves close to the big hot fire that is truth. With his in­stantly rec­og­niz­able voice, wis­dom, ten­der hu­mour, and enor­mous care, Stu­art McLean brought so many Cana­di­ans to that truth, laugh­ing and cry­ing along the way. He made us feel as though we were part of his de­light­fully idio­syn­cratic ‘Vinyl Cafe’ fam­ily, and in so do­ing, he brought us all to­gether, con­nect­ing us with sto­ries of road trips, mu­si­cal mem­o­ries, and neigh­bour­hood ad­ven­tures. That lovely lit­tle fam­ily will re­main in our hearts, as will Stu­art.”

•Pen­guin Canada pub­lisher Ni­cole Win­stan­ley, in a state­ment.

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