Words cannot express my grief. Actor, Director, Teacher and fighter for the rights of all in the Performing Arts, in front of the lights and behind; standing up for the labour rights of artists but at all times an independent thinker.
Passionate, articulate, literary, funny and interested in everyone.
Born in Bantry, Ireland, a Gaelic scholar, arrived in Toronto in the late 1950s.
As a Performing Artist, he worked in every province in Canada. He worked in radio, TV and the theatre.
He was a TV panelist on CBC and CTV. Director of the Beaverbrook Playhouse in Fredericton, First Associate Director of The Shaw Festival, Artistic Director of The Citadel Theatre in Edmonton, Director of "The Picture of Dorian Grey" for Columbia TV.
Also, the world premiere of Elie Wiesel's "The Madness of God." As H.G. Wells in "The Panther of The Jaguar" for CBC Radio, he won the Andrew Allan Award. For "Philadelphia, Here I Come," CBC Radio, he won the ACTRA award. He hosted The Music Library for CBC Radio, appeared in "Mass Appeal," "The Apple Cart," "Dear Liar," "Stepdance," "Moon for The Misbegotten" and "Brass Rubbings," loved Sean O' Casey's plays and directed and appeared in such plays as "The Shadow of A Gunman." Recipient of The Queen's Silver Jubilee Medal for his outstanding contribution to the Arts. His credits are too numerous to list entirely.
He served with the Royal Air Force from 1948 - 1952. The list goes on.
He was the devoted and wonderful husband of Catherine Vaneri.
There is no one like him.
Donations in his name may be sent to The Joan Theatre Company, 1047 Craven Road.