Stompin’ Tom Connors has passed away at the age of 77. He is survived by his wife Lena, two sons, two daughters, several grandkids and approximately 300 songs.
For our American readers, I’m not sure who you could make comparisons to as Stompin’ Tom was in many ways, uniquely Canadian. His music was this weird bridge between folk, country, humor with a bit of the Maritimes thrown in for good measure.
After his death, his family released this message from Tom who wanted it published after he died.
Hello friends, I want all my fans, past, present, or future, to know that without you, there would have not been any Stompin’ Tom.
It was a long hard bumpy road, but this great country kept me inspired with it’s beauty, character, and spirit, driving me to keep marching on and devoted to sing about its people and places that make Canada the greatest country in the world.
I must now pass the torch, to all of you, to help keep the Maple Leaf flying high, and be the Patriot Canada needs now and in the future.
I humbly thank you all, one last time, for allowing me in your homes, I hope I continue to bring a little bit of cheer into your lives from the work I have done.
Your Friend always,
Stompin’ Tom Connors
While I imagine, “The Hockey Song” is the most well known of his work, I think the following is pretty fitting.
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