Gary Wilkinson, 50, on Oct. 28, following a short illness. Hailing from North East England, Wilkinson started his radio career in the mid-1990s in Ireland at Atlantic 252 under the on-air pseudonym of “Pizzaman.” From there, he joined Chrysalis Radio and Galaxy North East before crossing the pond to Canada and landing in swing at Power 92 (CKNG-FM) Edmonton in 2001 and later Power 107 (CFGQ-FM) Calgary where he was on-air as “Mojo.” He eventually returned to the UK, going on to roles with Wyvern FM Worchester, Metro/TFM and BBC Newcastle, Zetland FM Redcar, and Merge 104.8 Muscat, sometimes on-air as “Nick Jordan.” He’d most recently been heard on Frisk Radio and YO1 in the North East, in addition to other freelance and voiceover work.
Alan Dever, 72, on Oct. 18, from spinal cancer. Following his graduation from McGill, Dever worked with CBC for over two decades, starting in 1979 in Montreal as a television reporter and assignment editor. He went on to work on The National in Toronto, before heading to the West Coast to manage the network news bureau in British Columbia. Dever left the public broadcaster in 1999 to accept a communications and community relations position with BC Rail. He held a similar role as Vice-President, Government and Community Relations with Vancouver’s Canada Line Rapid Transit project from 2005-09. In more recent years, he’d been operating his own creative and editorial service from his home base in Port Moody, BC.
Dan DuGas, 70, on Oct. 7. DuGas got his start as an all-night operator at CKLG Vancouver in 1974 that whet his appetite for a career in broadcasting. After time as a student at BCIT, he headed north and joined CJCI Prince George in 1978. A short time later, he became Music Director and Program Director of the newly-launched CIBC-FM. After moving away from broadcasting for a period in the late ‘80s, DuGas returned to the business in 1991 with CKPG Prince George as a part-time announcer and later joined the sales department, while continuing his Sunday show. He retired from Pattison Media in 2017 and moved to Vancouver Island.