David Hemblen, 79, on Nov. 16. Born in England, Hemblen grew up in Toronto and was recruited for a season at the Royal Alexandra Theatre while still in university. He went on to work in film and television as both an actor and voiceover artist, including roles in Atom Egoyan films Exotica, The Sweet Hereafter, Where the Truth Lies, and Family Viewing, for which he received a Genie Award nomination for Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role. Recurring TV roles included “George”
on La Femme Nikita, “Lewis Hewitt” on A Nero Wolfe Mystery and “Jonathan Doors” on Earth: Final Conflict. He also voiced the character of Magneto in the X-Men animated series and the vaultkeeper in Tales from the Cryptkeeper, among other characters for television, film, and games.
Tony Luciani, 90, on Nov. 7. Luciani had a long career in radio throughout Southern Ontario, starting at CKTB St. Catharines before moving to CHML Hamilton in 1949. Luciani worked in the music library, eventually becoming the station’s Chief Librarian, succeeding Ed Preston. Luciani was one of the few library staff trusted to select music for the station’s relatively new FM station CKDS. After getting caught up in staff cuts in the late 1980s, he moved to the Kitchener-Waterloo area, working at the Waterloo community radio station where he hosted a weekly big band show, as well as CKKW.