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Peter Gzowski
Birth: Jul. 13, 1934
Toronto
Ontario, Canada
Death: Jan. 24, 2002
Toronto
Ontario, Canada

Canadian Radio Broadcaster, Writer, and Reporter. He is remembered for his popular Canadian Broadcasting Corporation (CBC) radio show "Morningside," whose gentle, homey tones gave voice to a generation of Canadians searching for their national identity. Born Peter John Gzowski in Toronto, Ontario, Canada, he attended Ridley College in St. Catharines, Ontario, Canada and the University of Toronto but left to work for the newspaper Timmins Daily Press in Timmins, Ontario. In 1957 he became city editor of the newspaper Moose Jaw Times-Herald in Moose Jaw, Saskatchewan, Canada, and shortly afterward he was hired by the Chatham Daily News. In September 1958 he joined the staff of Maclean's, a weekly news magazine, and became its youngest-ever managing editor in 1962. Later, he moved to the Toronto Star and became the last editor of The Star Weekly magazine until it was sold in 1968. From 1969 until 1970 he broadcast his first regular radio show, "Radio Free Friday" and in 1971 he became host of radio the CBC's "This Country in the Morning." From 1976 until 1978 he hosted the CBC television show "90 Minutes Live". In 1982 he returned to his former morning radio program, which had by now been renamed "Morningside," where he remained until 1997. In 1986 he held the first fundraising golf tournament for literacy, a cause that was very important to him. That tournament has evolved and is now held in every province and territory of Canada and has raised more than $13-million for volunteer-based literacy programs. In 1999 he was appointed Chancellor of Trent University in Peterborough, Ontario, a position he held until his death. During his life, he received many honors, including 1974, 1985, and 1987 Association of Canada Television and Radio Artists (ACTRA) Awards for the Best Host-Interviewer on Radio, the National Magazine Award for his profile of Wayne Gretzky (1981), the Honorary Doctor of Letters, University of New Brunswick at Fredericton, New Brunswick, Canada (1984), the Officer of the Order of Canada (1986), the Honorary Doctor of Laws, Trent University (1988), the International Peabody Award for Broadcasting (1997), Gold Medal from the Royal Canadian Geographical Society (1997), and the Companion of the Order of Canada (1998). Additionally, he published 18 books, many relating to his "Morningside" radio show. He died of obstructive pulmonary disease relating to emphysema in Toronto at the age of 67. In 2006 the Georgina Public Libraries in Ontario, Canada renamed their Sutton Branch the Peter Gzowski Branch in his honor. (bio by: William Bjornstad) 

Cause of death: Obstructive Pulmonary Disease
 
Burial:
Saint James Cemetery
Toronto
Toronto Municipality
Ontario, Canada
 
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Originally Created by: Ron Moody
Record added: Jun 18, 2002
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Thank you for your contributions to radio and journalism. May you rest in peace.
- William Bjornstad
 Added: May. 22, 2014

- Jackie Howard
 Added: Jan. 24, 2014
Heading over to your cemetery now for a stroll. Happy Birthday!
- Derek SJ.
 Added: Jul. 13, 2013
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