LITTLE, Andrew Clyde
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April 19, 1936 - July 20, 2013
Andy found the love of his life, Dolce Narizzano, at Bishop's University, as well as his profession – journalism. That took him from the Canadian Press and Radio Canada International to many years as a writer, reporter and program host with the CBC in Montreal, and as a producer with the long- running show On The Road Again, in Ottawa. He was a multi-tasker before that phrase was invented, and he shared his well-honed skills with others as a CBC in-house trainer and part-time teacher at Concordia and Carleton Universities. He achieved a rare double honour in journalism: he was both highly regarded and well liked. Andy was also a gifted photographer who made the transition from dark room to digital with sublime ease. He loved photography so much, he has left his family and friends a legacy, a unique collection of family diaries in pictures – reminders of past times well spent. His strong sense of family made him resist the chance to work overseas. As he put it, "Why leave home when home is the most fascinating place in the world?" Most important to him was the love he had for his sons, Marcus (Lori Hewson) and Kip (1962-1992), and his daughter, Holiday (Nathan Sheaff). He was a fun-loving Papa to his four grandchildren, Hunter (Angela Skinner), Taylor, Lincoln and London. His muse, Shi-Shi – a Jack Russell terrier – stayed by his side as he wrote eight books after retiring from the CBC, or joined him on daily photographic excursions. Andy enjoyed engaging in lively discussions and was the founding "Guru" of two "Old Farts" men's groups – one in Florida, the other with good friends in Ottawa. He was incredibly good at talking to people – it didn't matter who it was, old or young. At Andy's request, there will be a private family service. In lieu of sending flowers Andy would love for you to plant one in a garden for everyone to enjoy. He felt celebrated in life by the many recent emails, phone calls and visits from good friends and former CBC colleagues who considered him their "mentor". They were inspired by his generosity, kindness, decency, calmness, patience, sense of humour, and teaching ability. And by his "gift of writing and story-telling". When Andy was just eight years old, his Grandfather said, "The lad has a way with words." To send condolences or share memories, please sign the guestbook at remembering.ca.
Published in The Ottawa Citizen on July 24, 2013