Doug Garraway, 77, on Oct. 4. Garraway spent the majority of his career managing Barrie’s local television station CKVR-TV. Originally a CBC affiliate, Garraway successfully guided the station through its rebrand as The New VR, which like its sister station CityTV, carried programming targeted at younger viewers. It became the template for some of the other stations in the CHUM family, known as the NewNet network. Garraway retired in 2006 as vice-president and general manager after 40 years with the station, the same year it was acquired by CTVglobemedia.
Margaret Lyons, 95, on Oct. 5. Born Keiko Margaret Inouye to Japanese immigrants in Vancouver, Lyons worked as a chambermaid while finishing her high school diploma before starting as a full-time student at McMaster University in 1945. With her sights set on journalism, she studied economics, going on to marry fellow student Edward Lyons. After graduation, they moved to London, England where Lyons took a job as a dictation typist in the BBC newsroom. Accepted into the BBC producer training program, she went on to serve as the current affairs producer for Asia. Lyons and her family eventually returned to Canada and she took a job producing radio documentaries for CBC and was promoted to supervisor within a number of years. Among the talent she’s credited with recruiting to radio are Stuart McLean, Peter Gzowski, Michael Enright, and Ivan Fecan, who created Quirks and Quarks. Lyons became vice-president of English CBC Radio in 1981. In 1982, she was inducted into the McMaster Alumni Gallery, and awarded an honorary doctorate in 1986. She was inducted into the Order of Canada in 2009. In 2014, the McMaster Alumni Association presented her with its highest honour, the Distinguished Service Award. She was recognized with an Ontario Volunteer Service Award in 2016.
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