James Reaney, 81
National literary icon had 50-year career as playwright, poet and professor
The Canadian Press
June 12, 2008 at 12:34 AM EDT
LONDON, ONT. — James Reaney, a national literary icon who stayed close to his southwestern Ontario roots during a celebrated 50-year career as a playwright, poet and professor, has died.
Reaney died Wednesday night in London following a long illness. He was 81.
“It was a peaceful end to a great life,” his son, journalist James Reaney of London, said. “We know that he will be remembered and his contributions to Canadian culture will be valued.”