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Stuart McLean captured the hearts of Calgarians with his storytelling

Calgarians are remembering their stories about one of Canada's best storytellers. Stuart McLean died at age 68 after a battle with melanoma.

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'The place where laughter meets tears'

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Stuart McLean, the host of CBC Radio's The Vinyl Café has died at age 68

Stuart McLean has died at age 68 after a battle with melanoma.

Known as the host of CBC Radio's The Vinyl Café and an award-winning humorist, the news has saddened fans across the country — including in Calgary.

Stuart McLean receives a standing ovation at the Jubilee Auditorium after a 2011 Vinyl Cafe Christmas concert

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Popular CBC Radio host Stuart McLean gave two Christmas concerts in Calgary in 2011

Calgary Mayor Naheed Nenshi fondly referred to McLean as "our greatest storyteller," and said sitting down with him led to "one of the most Canadian moments of my life."

Nenshi fondly remembers Stuart McLean as "our greatest storyteller"

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Stuart McLean, the host of CBC Radio's The Vinyl Café and an award-winning humorist, has died at age 68 after a battle with melanoma

Here are some other stories shared about one of Canada's iconic storytellers.

Stuart McLean's trademark blend of storytelling — part nostalgia, part pithy observations about everyday life — and folksy, familiar delivery made him a hit with audiences for more than 20 years. (Bruce J. Dynes)

"Feeling very sad about this. As an immigrant to Canada Dave and Morley became family friends who revealed the understated but rich vein of Canadian humour and made the Vinyl Cafe a family fixture in the week. Thank you Stuart," Sue Seh Hirst posted on Facebook.

"Sad to hear this. His vinyl cafe stories will continue to be apart of our family traditions. 'Dave cooks the the turkey' is a classic," said Stephen Meisner.

Vinyl Café: Here’s an excerpt from ‘Dave Cooks the Turkey’

"My dad busting a gut when they brought in a reciprocating saw so they could have a plug for the toaster. I'm so saddened by this news," posted Shelly Lynne on Facebook.

"After all these years I still chuckle when I remember he and Peter Gzowski totally breaking up over a Morningside item Stuart was doing about ....was it an insect? worms? Condolences to his family and friends; may they be comforted by hearing how Stuart brought Canadians from coast to coast to coast closer together through his stories.

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