Thursday, June 12, 2008

a sad note from Beth Follett;

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.”

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