Tributes to satirist Ray Guy have been pouring in from all corners of Newfoundland and Labrador, including from former politician Ed Roberts and retired journalist Bob Wakeham.
Guy, 74, passed away on Tuesday evening after a short battle with cancer.
Guy skewered politicians, businesspeople, and the clergy on a daily basis in a column for The Evening Telegram newspaper in the 1960's and 1970's. He also wrote for magazines, radio, the stage, and even a movie script.
Guy later wrote commentaries for CBC's Here and Now and the Northeast Avalon Times.
He won the Stephen Leacock Medal for Humour in 1977 for his book, That Far Greater Bay.
The 'effective opposition,' says Roberts
Ed Roberts, a former Lieutenant Governor of Newfoundland and Labrador, was a cabinet minister in Joey Smallwood's government and the target of some of Guy's sharply-worded barbs.
Roberts recalled Guy writing "Ed Roberts looks like a porcupine whose quills are growing inward," and described Guy "as important a political figure in Newfoundland in the 1960's as any politician."
"He had a knack for words, he had a knack for going right to the heart, and puncturing pomposity," said Roberts.
Roberts said that as soon as The Evening Telegram rolled off the presses around midday, he and many other politicians would spend their lunch hours devouring Guy's daily column.
"Ray became the effective opposition," he said.
'Your classic, eccentric satirist,' says Wakeham
Journalist Bob Wakeham first met Guy in 1972 when they worked together at The Evening Telegram. Wakeham said he was nervous at first to meet one of his journalistic idols, but he soon realized Guy was extremely shy, and just went about his work like everyone else in the newsroom.
"It was a real treat to see him up close and personal and watch him at his craft," said Wakeham.
Later, when Wakeham worked as executive producer of CBC Television's Here and Now in the 1990s, he hired Guy to do short "fireside chats" for the television news audience.
"He was almost like your classic, eccentric satirist," said Wakeham, recalling Ray's appearances on the Here and Now set.
"There'd be a bit of ketchup on his sweater and I'd say 'Ray, you can't go on air with a bit of ketchup.'"
Wakeham said Guy's on-air persona quickly endeared him to his audience.
"That's just what Ray is," he said. "They'll listen to what he has to say when he starts poking holes in a sacred cow like the sealing industry."
Both Wakeham and Roberts expressed their admiration for Guy's masterful command of the English language, and his less political work, such as his essays on growing up in outport Newfoundland.
"We're going to miss him," said Roberts.