Scott Hurley, 65, on Oct. 23. Hurley began his radio career as a news reporter at CFSX-AM Stephenville, NL in 1973 and was appointed news director in 1987. He also supplied colour commentary at local hockey games, alongside CFSX colleague Don Gibbon. Gibbon, along with Hurley’s alter ego “Ned the Newf”, were popular characters at community events where unsuspecting tourists found themselves getting “Screech-ed in.” Hurley worked with Humber Valley Broadcasting, which was acquired by Newcap in 2001, for a total of 31 years. He also served as a Stephenville Town Councillor for 16 years from 1993 until 2009.
Jean Bruce (Smith), 83, on Oct. 7. Bruce came to Canada from England to pursue graduate studies at Queen’s University. She started her career as a radio producer for CBC in Ottawa, going on to work as a researcher, historian, curator and author in the cultural arts sector. Over the years she held positions with National Museums of Canada, National Gallery and Museum of Civilization. Bruce also authored three books on Canadian history, The Last Best West, After the War and Back the Attack!
Alain Clermont, 69, on Oct. 3. Clermont started his career as a producer and anchor with CBC Regina. He was with the public broadcaster from 1974 to 1985 before moving into public sector consulting with the provincial government. He went on to work as an aboriginal affairs and diversity consultant for SaskPower, and helped develop the Saskatchewan WCB employment equity program. For over three decades, Clermont also served as a bilingual announcer for Skate Canada events, including three world championships and the Calgary Winter Olympics.
Joseph Dean “Joe” Smith, 85, on Aug. 21. Born in Nova Scotia’s Annapolis Valley, Smith was introduced to radio during his time with the Royal Canadian Air Force building communications towers in France, Belgium and Germany. After the war, Smith settled in Happy Valley-Goose Bay, Labrador where he headed up technical services for the CBC. Smith installed CBC radio and TV towers and transmitters all over Labrador and Nunavut. He was recognized by former CBC President Pierre Juneau with the CBC President’s Award of Recognition of Service.
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