Lisa Laco, 64, on Aug. 20, after a battle with ALS. Best known for her 23-year run hosting Superior Morning (formerly The Great Northwest) on CBC Thunder Bay, Laco arrived in Northwestern Ontario in 1992 after producing the CBC morning show in St. John’s and Corner Brook, NL. Laco retired from CBC Thunder Bay on Dec. 31, following her ALS diagnosis. A bursary has been established in her name. Donations can be made to the Lisa Laco Bursary Fund at the Northern Nishnawbe Education Council.
John Bartrem, 90, on Aug. 13, in Oakville, ON. Born in Montreal in 1931, Bartrem was one of the original Mad Men working at Foster Advertising in Montreal. He transitioned into a broadcast career in the mid-1970s when he was hired by CJAD 800 and CJFM-FM Montreal as General Sales Manager. He went on to work with W1310 (CKOY-AM) and CKBY Ottawa in the mid-1980s and later Country 59 in Toronto, prior to his retirement in the 1990s.