Cornwall ON – Canadians are stunned and saddened at the passing of Canadian Air Farce funny man Roger Abbott at the age of 64.
I know that Air Farce is better known for the ageless CBC television shows, but I grew up listening to Air Farce on the radio; especially when I worked in what was then Frobisher Bay in the early 80’s and now is known as Iqualuit.
Air Farce was a connection to being Canadian in many ways. Some of the team I’m sure could’ve done amazing if they moved to the US, but there was something pristinely Canadian about Big Bobby Clobber from Dave Broadfoot; Luba Goy and of course Roger Abbott and Don Ferguson.
Roger was one of the original Air Farce troupe in 1970 and never left.
Roger Abbott WIKI – Roger’s last appearance with the Farce was New Years of 2011.
I think the statement from Don Ferguson, his long time cohort and friend from the Air Farce website sums it up best.
I’m heartbroken to tell you that our beloved friend, Roger Abbott, died last night at Toronto General Hospital, fourteen years after being diagnosed with chronic lymphocytic leukemia, a progressive disease that he kept secret from all but a few close friends and family until a week ago. Roger was the guiding light of Royal Canadian Air Farce since it began in 1973, and all of us who have had the honour of working with him and the pleasure of knowing him will dearly miss his kindness, generosity, integrity, leadership, and wonderful sense of humour. God bless Roger!
RIP Roger Abbott, July 10, 1946 – March 26, 2011