Stompin’ Tom Connors has passed away at the age of 77 in Peterborough, Ont. I just got off the phoen with Brian Edwards, Tom’s promoter of 25 years. Brian says Tom passed on at about 5 pm ET today, surrounded by family and friends. There was no precipitating illness at the end. “He just wore out,” said Edwards. On March 13, a memorial is scheduled at the Peterborough Memorial Centre, the same place where the Peterborough Petes play “that good ol’ hockey game”, but Edwards says it’ll be more of a celebration of life than anything else. “It’s very rare you can work with someone who’s got fans from 4 to 104,” Edwards said. Our thoughts and prayers go out to his wife Lena, his 2 sons, 2 daughters and his grandchildren. God bless.
You can read Stompin’ Tom’s dying letter to his fans and to Canada right here:
We have lost a true Canadian original. R.I.P. Stompin’ Tom Connors. You played the best game that could be played.
— Stephen Harper (@pmharper) March 7, 2013
Today Canada has lost a true musical icon – Stompin’ Tom Connors. My thoughts are with his friends and family. #budthespud
— Thomas Mulcair (@ThomasMulcair) March 7, 2013
Sad to hear about Stompin’ Tom – we lost a true Canadian icon. At least where he is now, it’s hockey night every night. #bcpoli
— Christy Clark (@christyclarkbc) March 7, 2013