Canadian entertainer Gordon Robert “Gordie” Tapp has died at the age of 94.
The London, Ontario-born presenter and broadcaster kicked off his career in radio before moving into Television, and enjoyed work as a comedian, musician and script writer.
Tapp hosted the CBC variety program “Country Hoedown” from 1956 to 1965, and later brought his act to the US on the CBS variety series “Hee Haw.”
He was inducted into the Canadian Country Music Hall of Fame in 1990. Tapp was also a committed philanthropist and recieved of the Order of Canada in 1998 for his work in helping raise funds for organizations such as the Canadian Muscular Dystrophy campaign and Easter Seals.
In 1999, he was awarded the Order of Ontario, and also the Order of Saskatchewan.
A memorial gathering will take place in Burlington on December 30th.