Farley Mowat 1921-2014

Legendary Canadian author passes away at the age of 92...

Legendary Canadian author Farley Mowat has passed away.

He was 92-years-old.

Mowat was born in Belleville, but raised in Saskatchewan, and known best for his stories about the Canadian wilderness.

He sold more than 17 million books in his career winning countless awards, including the Govenor General's Award in 1956 for the novel 'Lost in the Barrens'.

Close friend and Green Party leader Elizabeth May got emotional when talking about Mowat, who was her daughter's godfather.

"If you're so lucky to have a friend like Farley Mowat, you know they're irreplaceable," she told reporters. "It's not like somebody else like Farley Mowat is going to come along to be that kind of friend, that kind of mentor, that kind of, well, inspiration."

The prime minister released a statement, extending his "deepest condolences" to Mowat's family and friends.

“Mr. Mowat will be remembered as a passionate Canadian. His legacy will live on in the treasure of Canadian literature he leaves behind, which will remain a joy to both new and old fans around the world," prime minister Stephen Harper says. 

Mowat was given a star on Canada's Walk of Fame in 2010, and was made an officer of the Order of Canada in 1981. 

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  1. Angry Bill posted on 05/07/2014 01:23 PM
    Rest in peace, Mr. Mowat. You are a true Canadian icon... far, far above what passes for a Canadian icon nowadays.

    Far more of his books should be required on the curriculum of our schools than are currently there. If our school boards weren't more concerned with other cultures' heritage than our own Canadian heritage. And you don't get much more Canadian than Farley Mowat.
  2. john posted on 05/07/2014 01:26 PM
    one of the best author ever . this country has lost a good man so has the world . first tom Clancy now Farley Mowat

  3. warren posted on 05/07/2014 11:16 PM
    Its a shame he has passed but a bigger shame his passing wasn't a bigger deal then rob fords where abouts
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