Walt Buehler, on May 11 of cancer. Buehler was instrumental in his role as the sound engineer on three decades of Edmonton Oilers radio broadcasts, first for CFRN Radio and later for 630 CHED. Buehler helped bring the voices of play-by-play broadcasters and analysts like Rod Phillips, Ken Brown, Dave Semenko, Morley Scott and Bob Stauffer to listeners.
Maurice Foisy, 86, on May 10. Foisy started his career at CKEN Kentville in 1950. He would go on to work at CFAB Windsor, NS, CJCH Halifax, CBC Sydney, NS, and then CBC Radio and TV in Halifax. Foisy eventually was lured to the West Coast by CHQM Vancouver founder Bill Bellman and helped launch the station, where he served as VP of Programming and afternoon drive host for more than three decades up until 1993. He later landed at CKST in 1993, before retiring from broadcasting in 1995. In more recent years, he’d been a volunteer with Voiceprint Canada reading books for the visually impaired.
Bruce Bedford, 69, on May 7. Originally from Montreal, Bedford graduated from electronic engineering in 1972 and started out working in the RCA Tuner Lab and RCA Systems. He was involved in the design and installation of sound systems at Olympic Stadium, Velodrome, and the Olympic Swimming Pools, and designed and supervised the installation of the Communication and Translation systems for the International Civil Aviation Organization building. He and wife Maureen moved to Edmonton in 1977 where he designed and installed communication systems for Yellowknife, Tuktoyaktuk, Norman Wells and other northern communities. Bedford started his broadcasting career in 1980 in Edmonton at Sunwapta (CFRN 1260) where he was chief engineer and later 100.3 The Bear (CFBR-FM). In 2007, he retired and he and his wife moved to BC’s Comox Valley.
Bruce Fletcher, 68, on May 6, suddenly from a heart attack. Fletcher worked in the B.C. film and television industry for three decades. Based in Gibsons, BC, he was the best boy for 32 episodes of The Beachcombers on CBC Television between 1988 and 1990. He went on to work in the lighting and camera departments on other series including Northwood and Edgemont.
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