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Old 11-19-2015, 11:56 PM   #1
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Newfoundland and Labrador folk legend Ron Hynes dead at 64
Halifax — The Canadian Press
Published Thursday, Nov. 19, 2015 8:45PM EST
Last updated Thursday, Nov. 19, 2015 10:02PM EST

Acclaimed singer-songwriter Ron Hynes, Newfoundland and Labrador’s “man of a thousand songs,” died Thursday after a brief battle with cancer.

His family says he died shortly after 6 p.m. while receiving treatment at the Health Sciences Centre in St. John’s. He was 64.

Hynes long referred to himself as the “man of a thousand songs,” a moniker he coined in an endearing folk song that speaks of the lonely, shabby side of being a singer.

But he is perhaps best known for his song “Sonny’s Dream,” a lament about a mother losing her son to the sea. The song, written in 1976, has been covered by other artists so many times that it has become a late-night anthem in many corners of the globe.

In St. John’s, many friends and fans took to social media to recount stories of the sometimes gruff and mischievous performer, some of them saying it was fitting that the city was plunged into darkness by a power failure as news broke about his death.

“The lights went out downtown,” tweeted comedian Mark Critch, a fellow Newfoundlander. “St. John’s is dark tonight and so it should be.”

Singer-songwriter Alan Doyle described Hynes online as his “musical hero” and “The greatest songwriter I ever met.” Comedian Rick Mercer, another Newfoundlander, described Hynes as the “poet laureate of Newfoundland and Labrador.”

Newfoundland filmmaker Mary Sexton recalled how her camera developed a problem when she was filming a documentary about Hynes as he toured through Ireland, where “Sonny’s Dream” is widely thought to be an Irish classic.

“I brought the footage home, sent the film to the lab and found out we had a camera leak and all of the band and Ron had halo’s around them,” she said in an e-mail. “I do believe in fairies ever since ... Mostly I remember his talent, his songwriting and he always had a smile and a hug for me.”

In a 2007 interview, Hynes said an addiction to drugs had almost killed him four years earlier.

”Once you’re addicted, you’re addicted for life,” he said at the time. ”It’s not like you have a cold for a weekend and then Monday morning you’re feeling a whole lot better and all those germs are gone.”

Hynes often confronted his demons in song. Even in “Man of a Thousand Songs,” the jagged, dark side of his life comes out in the lyrics.

“He got a friend in the backstage ally, got just the thing to make the night move along,” Hynes would sing, a well-worn fedora always part of the act.

Born in St. John’s and raised in Ferryland, Hynes was founding member of The Wonderful Grand Band and later released seven solo albums. He won several East Coast Music Awards and was a Juno and Canadian Country Music Awards nominee.

Hynes was diagnosed with throat cancer in 2012, but he kept the disease at bay until this fall when he confirmed it had returned, this time to his hip and lung. He was rushed to hospital earlier this week.
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Old 11-20-2015, 12:32 PM   #2
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This is very difficult news to handle.

Ron was a wonderful man, gifted artist and a dear friend.

He and I bonded as his road manager during tour he did on the West coast of Canada at the time I lived in Vancouver and he stayed with us in our condo.

Shortly after he'd fallen ill he disclosed to me that the news from his doctor "wasn't good" but we thought and hoped and prayed that he would be fine after his operation and he told me he was "getting there" but then the cancer returned.

He was very inspired by Gordon Lightfoot and was a huge fan. He told me Gord contacted him after his operation and wished him well.

We will miss you my friend but you will live on in our lives through your music.

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Old 11-19-2023, 08:23 PM   #3
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8 years..
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