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 Farley Mowat

Farley Mowat

Birth
Belleville, Hastings County, Ontario, Canada
Death 6 May 2014 (aged 92)
Port Hope, Northumberland County, Ontario, Canada
Burial Port Hope, Northumberland County, Ontario, Canada
Memorial ID 129488723 · View Source
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Author, Environmentalist. A prolific writer, he is probably best remembered for his books on the Canadian north, such as "People of the Deer" (1952) and "Never Cry Wolf" (1963), the latter dealing with his experiences with wolves in the Arctic, and is credited with shifting the mythology and fear of wolves. It was made into a film of the same name that was released in 1983, starring actor Brian Dennehy. Born Farley McGill Mowat, he lived with his family in Richmond Hill, Ontario and in the 1930s they moved to Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, where he began writing about birds in a column for the Saskatoon Star-Phoenix newspaper. During this time he also wrote his own nature newsletter called Nature Lore. He was commissioned a 2nd lieutenant during World War II, participating in the Allied invasion of Sicily and Italy with the 1st Canadian Infantry Division, and moved with his unit to northwest Europe in 1945, where he served as an intelligence agent. He was discharged at the conclusion of World War Ii as a captain and he returned to Canada to attend the University of Toronto. His first book, "People of the Deer" (1952), was inspired by a field trip to the Canadian Arctic he made while studying at the University of Toronto and it turned him into a controversial, popular figure. His next book, "Lost in the Barrens" (1956, a children's book), won him a Governor General's Award. His other works include "The Grey Seas Under" (1958), "Owls in the Family" (1960), "The Black Joke" (1963), "Westviking: The Ancient Norse in Greenland and North America" (1965), "The Curse of the Viking Grave" (1966), "The Boat Who Wouldn't Float' (1969), "And No Birds Sang' (1979), "Sea of Slaughter' (1984), "Virunga: The Passion of Dian Fossey" (1987), "Woman in the Mists" (1987), "The Farfarers" (1998), No Man's River" (2004), and "Bay of Spirits" (2006). In 1981 he was made an Officer of the Order of Canada. He also received the Canadian Centennial Medal (1967), the Queen Elizabeth II Silver (1977), Golden (2002), and Diamond (2012) Jubilee Medals. In August 1996 the Sea Shepherd Conservation Society ship RV Farley Mowat was named in his honor. In 2005 he received the first and only Life-time Achievement Award from the National Outdoor Book Award and in 2010 he received a star on Canada's Walk of Fame. He died at the age of 92, less than one week shy of his 93rd birthday.

Bio by: William Bjornstad


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  • Originally Created by: William Bjornstad
  • Added: 9 May 2014
  • Find A Grave Memorial 129488723
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Farley Mowat (12 May 1921–6 May 2014), Find A Grave Memorial no. 129488723, citing Saint Mark's Anglican Church Cemetery, Port Hope, Northumberland County, Ontario, Canada ; Maintained by Find A Grave Cremated.