John Mather, 80, on Nov. 23.

John Mather

Mather started his radio career in 1957 at CFCO Chatham, ON, moving on to CHLO St. Thomas-London and then CKNX-TV Wingham where he took on the role of nighttime news anchor. Mather lasted in television a year before heading stateside to take on the morning man role at WVFM in Lakeland, Florida and act as the Central Florida correspondent for the American FM Radio Network. Mather eventually returned to Ontario and CKOT-FM Tillsonburg where he served as program director. The last 10 years of his career were spent at CKPC Brantford as the station’s Farm and Agricultural Director. In retirement, Mather helped found community station 99.3 County FM (CKPE-FM) in Prince Edward County, acted as its first news director, and up until Oct. 2018 was the host of Sunday morning program “Music and Miscellany.”

Joyce Pears, 85, on Nov. 3.

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Joyce Pears

Pears worked with both British Airways and Air Canada before joining CBC as a production assistant. She worked at both the Toronto and Vancouver bureaus on programs, including afternoon news magazine show Take 30, which aired from 1962-84, and The National. It was also at the public broadcaster that she was introduced to future husband and production executive David Pears.

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