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Wednesday July 7, 2010

MURRAY CHERCOVER (1929-2010) It is with deep sadness that we announce the passing of Murray Chercover on July 3 at Hill House Hospice. He leaves behind his one and only love, his wife Barbara. Their romance lasted from their early days in the New York theatre scene to their final years together as grandparents. Proud father of Holly and Sean, and loving Grampa to Heather, Jessica and TD. Born in Montreal, Murray spent his teenage years working at a radio station in Port Arthur. After studying at the Lorne Greene Academy in Toronto, Murray moved to New York where he studied, acted and directed in theatre and television at a time of great creative and cultural energy. In 1952, he returned to Toronto to join CBC Television, where he produced and directed numerous dramatic series. By 1967, he had risen to become President of the recently-formed CTV Television Network. Murray steered the ship at CTV for 23 years, shaping the development of Canadian broadcasting from its earliest beginnings. He oversaw the production of popular programs such as Night Heat, Peter Ustinov's Russia, The Littlest Hobo, Definition and Live it Up! Murray was a man of great conviction, determined to create a viable, independent voice in Canadian broadcasting. He built a strong and aggressive news division, including: W5, Canada's first newsmagazine; Canada AM; and a network of international news bureaus, bringing world events to Canadian homes. Murray received an International Emmy for his contributions to the industry and was appointed to the CAB Broadcast Hall of Fame in 1994. In retirement, Murray enjoyed taking his radio-controlled airplanes out for a day of aerobatics and friendship with his fellow enthusiasts. But above all, he loved nothing more than a good Italian meal, fine wine, and dancing with Barbara, his beautiful and gifted partner in life. Happy Trails, Murray. A memorial will be announced at a later date. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to: Hill House Hospice, 36 Wright St., Richmond Hill, ON L4C 4A1.

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