Broadcaster and former longtime CBC-TV host Roy Bonisteel has died at the age of 83.

Bonisteel's family said he died Friday morning at his home near Trenton, Ont. His family said he was being treated for cancer.

Bonisteel hosted the CBC Television program Man Alive, a magazine-style show that looked at religious issues, from 1967 to 1989. He received numerous awards over the span of his career, including two ACTRA honours.

A recipient of the Order of Canada and, more recently, a citizenship judge, Bonisteel had lived since 1971 just a short distance from his boyhood home in the Bay of Quinte area.

Bonisteel will also be remembered by some Saskatchewan journalists. He was a visiting professor at University of Regina's journalism school in the 1990s and later become the head of the program.

Nelson Bird, a producer and anchor with CTV Regina who attended the university in 1995, said Bonisteel was not a typical teacher.

"We would sit in his class every week and he would tell stories about his life, his experiences, how he did he told the stories of other people and shared them with the world," said Bird.

"As prominent as he was in Canadian media, to us he was just a regular guy who liked to tell stories and laugh a lot," Bird continued.

Bonisteel is survived by his daughters, Mandy and Lesley, his son Steven, nine grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.

A memorial is planned for a later date.