Stevedore Steve, writer of Lester the Lobster, dead at 80

Steve Foote, the Saint John singer-songwriter known better known as Stevedore Steve, has died at 80.

Steve Foote put out 4 albums, had his own TV show and was good friends with Stompin' Tom

Stevedore Steve of Saint John has died at 80. (backtothesugarcamp.com)
Steve Foote, the Saint John singer-songwriter known better known as Stevedore Steve, has died.

He was 80.

His wife, Gini Foote, said he died in the city at about 1 a.m. Friday, after suffering from stomach cancer.

Foote put out four albums, had his own TV show in Toronto and was good friends with Stompin' Tom Connors. 

Foote wrote hundreds of songs, with the lighthearted tune Lester the Lobster a hit in 1967. It included lyrics like, "I was hatched on the shores in the P.E.I. mud/ And the colour of the Island soil has gotten in my blood."

His wife, Gini Foote, said that was the song that paid their rent, and its success was a surprise even to him.

Foote said her husband of almost 50 years loved Canada, was a wonderful husband, a friend and a great entertainer. She said the best years for him were when he was on the road.

Stevedore Steve donated his body to science, at Dalhousie University.

With files from Catherine Harrop