A friend of ours died late last month. Christopher Grosskurth
was a CBC Radio colleague, and a familiar voice to listeners for more than 30 years. For 8 years, he made documentaries for the program, Sunday Morning
- the precursor to The Sunday Edition
. This was his time slot.
Chris had been ill for some time and most of us didn't know it. That is the way he was.
Chris was a man with a wicked but quiet sense of humour, and a sly
smile to go with it. He was a good and generous colleague.
He had a penchant for stories that explored the curious crevasses of
human nature ... and a unique ability to disappear and then quietly
turn up with a story that others would have made a good deal more noise
But to say he was mild-mannered, would seriously underestimate him.
He took part in the CBC's coverage of the 50th anniversary of the independence of India.
"Where did you go yesterday, Chris?" - - a colleague asked him one night in Delhi.
"Oh - I went to see the Dalai Lama," he replied, and smiled.
Chris covered six different Olympic Games. He was key to the coverage
of a sex abuse scandal in Cornwall, Ontario. He won awards for his
reporting about North Korea.
If you listen to the audio version of this post, you will hear a few samples of Chris Grosskurth's work. There's a story
about ice hockey in Ireland; a report from the Olympic games in Greece;
the tale of a young-long distance runner in Toronto -- and an excerpt
from a New York Festivals gold-medal-winning documentary that he produced with our own Karin Wells, about the civil war in Lebanon.
has lost a great story-teller, and a much-valued colleague and friend. Our sympathies
to his family.