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Rafe Mair Passes

Posted: Wednesday, October 11, 2017 at 5:28pm

Harbour Publishing extends its condolences to the many readers and family of author Rafe Mair, who died on October 9, 2017. Mair, author of Rafe: A Memoir, Hard Talk, Over the Mountains, and What the Bleep is Going On?, had a long battle with illness but characteristically kept issuing well-aimed blasts at all levels of government up until the end.

“I didn’t always agree with Rafe—he didn’t always agree with himself—but I will miss his critical eye on BC issues,” said publisher Howard White. “Rafe cared about this province and defended it passionately and we don’t have enough writers doing that. I also appreciated that he began as a right-winger and ended as a left-winger. It shows there’s hope.”

Born and raised in Vancouver, Mair became a lawyer after graduating from the UBC law school, practising in Vancouver and Kamloops, where he was elected as a Social Credit MLA in 1975. Mair held several cabinet posts, including health, environment, and constitutional affairs. In 1981, he suddenly quit to become a talk-show host. He spent nineteen years on the air with CKNW but was fired in 2003 even though the number of listeners remained exceptionally high. He received many awards including the Bruce Hutchison Lifetime Achievement Awards and appointment to the Canadian Association of Broadcasters’ Hall of Fame.

Mair is survived by his wife Wendy Conway, five children and stepchildren, nine grandchildren and five great-grandchildren.