In the last hour, I learned of the death of retired Halifax radio broadcaster Clive Schaefer.
Clive's career began in the 1930's when he was a participant in one of CHNS' quiz shows. He eventually worked his way into a full-time radio job, most notably at CHNS, but for a time at CJCH, where he worked with folks like Norm Riley. Norm's grandchild sent me a picture, below, which has Norm and Clive together sometime in the late 1940's.
I met Clive once, in 2009. Krista Cook, a friend of his, introduced us. It was a pleasure to sit in his apartment and speak with the man. He was still able to regale us with his stories, and I remain grateful for having had the chance to meet him, if only the one time. He wasn't feeling well that day, and I did not do anything with the interview.
I was playing back one of the audio files just now. First time I'd played it since 2009. It doesn't sound that bad. Clive took some breaks and needed a little verbal prodding to keep focused on the question at hand, but it isn't that bad at all. I guess I should transcribe the interview, huh? I don't think he had many opportunities to tell his stories.
There aren't many of the really veteran broadcasters left. Don Tremaine. Pat Connolly. I am having a hard time thinking of any more from all those years ago. Now, there is one less, as Clive Schaefer moves on to a better place.
Funeral plans are still incomplete as of this writing. I will let you know as soon as I know.
I extend my sincere condolences to Clive's family during this difficult time.
Rest in peace, Clive Schaefer!