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Barry Mercer was popular CBC broadcaster

Barry Mercer was a favourite with CBC Radio listeners.

Longtime CBC broadcaster Barry Mercer died Aug. 11, 2019

Mercer, 66, retired from CBC Radio in Sudbury in 2006 after 34 years as a broadcast journalist. His distinctive voice is one many in Greater Sudbury, and across the northeast, would recognize.

Hired by CBC in 1972 as a summer relief announcer in Goose Bay, Nfld., his broadcast journey brought him to Sudbury in 1985. He hosted Points North, CBC Sudbury’s long-running afternoon show and co-hosted the defunct program Radio Noon.

He told Northern Life in 2006 that he was going to miss his colleagues, civilians the job brought him into contact with, and he was going to miss being on the radio.

Mercer leaves behind his wife, Lorraine, sons Zachary and Benjamin, their wives Hitomi and Chantal, and three grandchildren, Silas, Emma and Tasha.  A celebration of life will be planned for a later date. Memorial donations in memory of Barry Mercer can be made to Maison McCulloch Hospice.

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