Entertainment

Miss Ann of Saint John children's TV dies at 80

Ann Wilson, who played the Maritimes children's personality known as Miss Ann in the 1960s and '70s, has died. She was 80.

Ann Wilson, who played the Maritimes children's personality known as Miss Ann in the 1960s and '70s, has died. She was 80.

Wilson died Monday at Saint John Regional Hospital in Saint John, N.B., after a battle with cancer.

Wilson began her TV career as host of Romper Room in Halifax.

She later moved to Saint John, where CHSJ-TV created a show for her. As Miss Ann, she entertained children with stories and songs.

"She was one of the originals in children's broadcasting in Canada," said Merv Hebb, her producer and director. "When she was in front of the camera, she became bigger than life in her own way."

Former CHSJ personality Laura Foster remembered Wilson as a sophisticated, educated young woman who spoke beautiful English in part to set an example for children.

At a time when there were only a handful of TV stations, she was well-known by children in the Maritimes. Kindergarten classes from Saint John would often visit her show.

She was born Ann Ramey in Kentville in 1928 and studied at Mount Allison University in Sackville, N.B. She met her late husband, Ronald Wilson, in Halifax.

With files from the Canadian Press