May 07, 2014 - 10:09 AM
TORONTO - Farley Mowat, author of the book, Never Cry Wolf, has died. He was 92.
He was born in Belleville, Ont. in 1921. He was a descendant of Ontario's third premier and served in World War II from 1940-45, joining the effort as a private in the army and leaving with the rank of captain.
He spent his formative years in Richmond Hill Ont. and Saskatoon but also lived for a time in Trenton, Windsor, and Toronto. He made a point of not just loving, but living his country, and could boast at the end of his years he'd lived in, or visited almost every part of Canada, as well as many other countries.
Mowat was an advocate for the environment. His passion appeared in his writing and began in his youth. During the depression while living in Saskatoon, he wrote stories for his self-produced publication Nature Lore and spent the profits on food for migrating ducks and geese. He was inspired to write People of the Deer during a field trip as a young student biologist, when he became aware of the mistreatment of the Inuit.
But Farley Mowat is best known world-wide for his library of published work. Among them: People of the Deer, The Dog Who Wouldn't Be, Never Cry Wolf, Westviking, The Boat Who Wouldn't Float, Sibir, A Whale for the Killing, The Snow Walker, And No Birds Sang and Virunga: The Passion of Dian Fossey. His short stories and articles appeared in Macleans, The Saturday Evening Post and other magazines.
Mowat died at his home in Port Hope, Ont. He is survived by his wife Claire, and two children, Sandy and David.
Farley Mowat’s legacy: Our supreme storyteller - The Toronto Star
Farley Mowat titles - Amazon.ca
Farley Mowat - The Canadian Encyclopedia online
Farley Mowat IMDB credits
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