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Pictou County music promoter Carlton Munroe dies at 48

Carlton Munroe passed away on Wednesday after a battle with cancer.
Carlton Munroe passed away on Wednesday after a battle with cancer. - FILE

The well known ex-radio personality passed away Wednesday


Carlton Munroe, the one-time radio broadcaster and musical director of the Riverfront Jubilee, died Wednesday after battling cancer for more than a year.

We all knew what the reality was with Carltons diagnosis, said Michelle Ferris, a close friend of Munroe and his wife Taryn.

We knew what was coming, but it doesnt, in any way, take away the shock.

Munroe announced in the fall of 2016 that he was fighting glioblastoma, an aggressive form of brain cancer that claimed the life of The Tragically Hip singer Gord Downie last month.

Downie was a huge musical hero of Munroes, who learned of his own diagnosis just weeks after Downie played his final concert with the Hip in the summer of 2016 (according to East Coast FM office manager Lynn MacDonald, when Munroe was a student at Dalhousie University, he worked at the campus radio station there and interviewed Downie early in the Hips career).

Pictou County folk musician Dave Gunning attended the old West Pictou High School, where Munroe was three years ahead of Gunning.

We grew up on the same road, worked at the same farm, said Gunning, who called Munroes death a big loss for the community.

Theres going to be a lot of people pretty sad about losing him. A lot of people knew Carlton from when he worked at the radio station and being a real driver (in the music industry).

MacDonald, who worked with Munroe for more than 15 years, said he embraced life and recalls how excited he when he travelled to see Woodstock 94.

He was such a good person to work with and made things so interesting. Our hearts go out to Taryn and the family.

During a 12-hour fundraising event last January, more than $53,000 was raised for Munroe and his family.

Last summer, Munroe told The News that he didnt know what to expect from the Big Bash for Carlton, but didnt imagine it would reach the size and raise as much money as it did. He called it pretty humbling and somewhat embarrassing.

Munroe also left behind three children – Noah, Nate and Layla.

We all hoped that we had a little more time, to try to make sure people got another chance to see him, Ferris said, her voice at times breaking with grief.

We just didnt get that chance, but the love and support his family received is truly a testament to the man Carlton is, and the way he lived his life.


Carlton Munroe in August, 2017: When you get a little dose of some bad shit happening, you get pretty down. But the love and support Im getting from everyone, family and everyone beyond family, thats what pushing me through. Theres all kinds of cases of people that you can see that are certainly going well beyond expectancy – and then some – and Im going to be added to that list.

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