Roy Bonisteel, former CBC Man Alive host, dies at 83

Broadcaster and former longtime CBC-TV host Roy Bonisteel has died at his home near Trenton, Ont., at the age of 83. His family said he was being treated for cancer.

Award-winning broadcaster hosted Man Alive from 1967 to 1989 and taught at University of Regina's journlaism school in the 1990s

Roy Bonisteel, seen in this image from a 1972 episode of Man Alive, the CBC show he hosted from 1967 to 1989, has died at the age of 83. (CBC)

Broadcaster and former longtime CBC-TV host Roy Bonisteel has died at the age of 83.

Bonisteel's family said he died Friday morning at his home near Trenton, Ont. His family said he was being treated for cancer.

Bonisteel hosted the CBC Television program Man Alive, a magazine-style show that looked at religious issues, from 1967 to 1989. He received numerous awards over the span of his career, including two ACTRA honours.

A recipient of the Order of Canada and, more recently, a citizenship judge, Bonisteel had lived since 1971 just a short distance from his boyhood home in the Bay of Quinte area.

Bonisteel will also be remembered by some Saskatchewan journalists. He was a visiting professor at University of Regina's journalism school in the 1990s and later become the head of the program.

Nelson Bird, a producer and anchor with CTV Regina who attended the university in 1995, said Bonisteel was not a typical teacher.

"We would sit in his class every week and he would tell stories about his life, his experiences, how he did things...how he told the stories of other people and shared them with the world," said Bird.

"As prominent as he was in Canadian media, to us he was just a regular guy who liked to tell stories and laugh a lot," Bird continued.

Bonisteel is survived by his daughters, Mandy and Lesley, his son Steven, nine grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.

A memorial is planned for a later date.