Harv Kroeker, 74, on June 30, of cancer. Kroeker was the longtime voice of news on Golden West Broadcasting’s Radio Southern Manitoba network, including CFAM 950 Altona, AM 1250 (CHSM-AM) Steinbach and CJRB 1220 Boissevain. Kroeker worked with the station for more than four decades, starting in the 1960s, and anchored network news for many of the region’s definitive events over that time. Based in Altona, Kroeker was passionate about recognizing local veterans and involved in establishing the cenotaph in downtown Altona. He was one of the recipients of a Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal in 2012.
André Jobin, 80, June 30, in Montreal. Born in Quebec City, Jobin spent several decades as a reporter for TVA and LCN. In addition to covering the National Assembly for TVA, Jobin also frequently reported on Montreal court proceedings.
Eileen Franke, 89, on June 6 in West Vancouver. Originally from Saskatchewan, Franke worked as a secretary and bookkeeper before becoming one of the first women to venture into broadcasting. Franke started her career at at CHCT-TV Calgary in 1956 where she worked as the host of children’s show Junior Clubhouse, in addition to producing other shows. In 1960, she moved to CFCF-TV Montreal as a production assistant and joined Radio-Canada International in 1964. Franke worked with RCI in Montreal and Toronto before she transferred to CBC Vancouver where she worked as a producer until her retirement.
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