Nonnie Griffin, 85, on June 7 in Toronto, of an aortic aneurysm. Griffin studied voice, speech and drama at the Royal Conservatory of Music, taking to the stage at the Red Barn Theatre in Jackon’s Point, ON at age 16. She’d go on to study with the Royal Academy of Dramatic Arts in London and mime artist Marcel Marceau. By the 1950s, Griffin was a staple on CBC Radio, appearing on Canadian Short Stories and Ideas. On TV, she appeared as Diana Barry in the original televised production of Anne of Green Gables in 1956. Other TV credits include lending her voice to animated series like The Care Bears and Racoons, in addition to guest appearances on shows like Bizarre, King of Kensington, Forever Knight and Kung Fu: The Legend Continues. She also appeared in feature films The Believers, The Abduction, Good Fences, A Husband, a Wife and a Lover and If You Could See What I Hear. Later in life, Griffin began writing her own parts, performing as six different characters in “Sister Annunciata’s Secret”, which had a run at the 2012 Edinburgh Festival Fringe and the Hamilton Fringe Festival. She also staged “Marilyn – After” in 2014, a one-woman show imagining what Marilyn Monroe’s life might have been 50 years after her death. It played at the SpringWorks Festival in Stratford and went on to win Best International Show at the 2015 United Solo Theatre Festival in New York City. Griffin was planning a return to the stage this month in “Before Scarlett”, in which she would have portrayed Gone With the Wind author Margaret Mitchell.
Hunsdeep Rangar, 43, suddenly of heart failure, on June 7. Rangar was 11 when his family moved to Canada, landing in Mississauga and Montreal before settling in Ottawa. Rangar developed a passion for Ottawa and sharing South Asian culture. In addition to organizing marquee socio-cultural events like Ottawa’s annual South Asian Fest, Rangar was host of the Mirch Masala and Bhangra Nation programs on multicultural radio station CHIN 97.9 FM.
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