I’d like to bid farewell to Jan Rubes, the Czech immigrant to Canada who was near-ubiquitous in Canadian media (as well as American media, e.g. the Amish father in Witness) for many years. It’s a shame that we got so caught up in the frenzy surrounding jacko that we didn’t take the time to say goodbye to a cherished cultural icon in our own country.
6 June 1920 – 29 June 2009
Rubes was a man of many talents – I remember him as an actor, one who always exuded a warm, fatherly charm, but he was also an accomplished opera singer, among other talents. Let’s take the time to remember him, shall we?