In Memoriam

Roger Abbott

1946 - 2011

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663,000 friends tuned in to our special hour-long tribute to Roger.

If you missed it, or want to revisit some of Roger's most memorable moments on Air Farce, purchase a digital copy of the show on iTunes. 100% of the proceeds go to Easter Seals.

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TUESDAY, MARCH 29, 2011

Following the sad passing of one of Canada's most beloved comedians, and in celebration of his enormous skills and gifts, CBC Television aired Royal Canadian Air Farce Special: A Tribute to Roger Abbott on Tuesday, March 29th, at 9:00 PM (9:30 NT).
 
The special highlighted some of Roger's most memorable moments on Air Farce. A master of impersonation and comedic characters, his work covered former Prime Minister Jean Chrétien, CBC chief correspondent Peter Mansbridge, singer Leonard Cohen, and the misogynist TV critic Gilbert Smythe Bite-Me.
 
"Roger Abbott was, quite simply, at the very heart of the CBC family," said Kirstine Stewart, CBC's Executive Vice-President of English Services, in a statement on Sunday. "As one of the founders of Royal Canadian Air Farce, first on radio, then on television, he was, to generations of fans, among the best-known and loved in the history of Canadian comedy. I would extend on behalf of CBC our deepest condolences to his family and friends."
 
Roger died Saturday night at Toronto General Hospital, 14 years after being diagnosed with chronic lymphocytic leukemia. He was 64.

 

TV Feeds My Family: Roger out

Sun Media: Abbott honoured with TV tribute

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SUNDAY, MARCH 27, 2011

A MESSAGE FROM DON FERGUSON:

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!


Roger Abbott – Easter Seals Loses a Much Loved Friend

 

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VIDEO GALLERY

Highlights from Roger's work on Air Farce

Jian Ghomeshi interviews Don Ferguson, Luba Goy, and Rick Mercer

on Q, CBC Radio 1 (Tuesday, March 29, 2011)

 

 

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NEWS ARTICLES

The Globe and Mail: Withour Roger Abbott, 'Canada is less funny now'

CBC.ca: Air Farce actor Roger Abbott dies

Sun Media: Air Farce star Abbott dead at 64

National Post: Comedian Roger Abbott dead at 64

Macleans: Canadian actor Roger Abbott dies at 64

The Globe and Mail: Roger Abbott of Royal Canadian Air Farce dies at 64

Toronto Star: Canadian actor Roger Abbott dies at age 64

Broadcaster: Obituary - Roger Abbott

TVGuide.ca: Roger Abbott passes away

 

MEMORIALS

CBC.ca: Roger Abbott honoured by friends, fans

CBC.ca: Remembering Roger Abbott

TV Feeds My Family: Roger Abbott 1946-2011

Canadian Press: 'Farce' funnyman had world's best job

The Globe and Mail: I Remember - Patrick Conlon

The Globe and Mail: I Remember - Jonathan Gross

Macleans: Air Farce's Roger Abbott

James Bawden: Remembering Roger Abbott

James Bawden: Roger Abbott is Remembered

Northern Stars: Remembering Roger Abbott

Jonathan Torrens: Remembering 'a classy and caring comedy legend'

Canada's Walk of Fame: Mourning the death of a Canadian comedy icon

JAZZ.FM91: Roger Abbott dies at 64

Legacy.com: Roger Abbott guest book

 

 

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