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Author Farley Mowat improvises on a bodhran during a boat tour as part of the Atlantic Canada's Storytelling Festival in St. Peter's in this Cape Breton Post file photo. The literary icon, seen with wife and fellow author Claire Mowat, read excerpts from his books The Boat That Wouldn't Float and The Dog That Wouldn't Be. Mowat died May 7, 2014.
Renowned Canadian author Farley Mowat, who was a summer resident of Cape Breton, has died.
A Canadian literary icon, Mowat was the author of such Canadian classics as Never Cry Wolf, Lost in the Barrens, People of the Deer, and his more recent memoirs Otherwise and Eastern Passage. He received a Governor General's Award, a Leacock Medal for Humour, the Order of Canada, and was inducted into Canada's Walk of Fame.
Also a respected environmental activist, Mowat, and his wife Claire, were inducted into the Nova Scotia Nature Trust's Legacy Circle in 2009 for their significant contribution to preserving the province's natural legacy. In particular, the Mowats were recognized for their conservation gift of nearly 300 acres of Cape Breton coastal lands, affectionately known as "Farley's Ark" to the Nature Trust.
When reached by phone at his home in Port Hope, Ont. on the occasion of his 90th birthday in 2011, Mowat said he didn't have time for a full interview but did say that he was looking forward to getting back to the island in a couple of weeks.
"You can say that I'm so happy, not just to have a birthday, but to be on my way back to Cape Breton," said Mowat.
Born May 12, 1921, in Belleville, Ont., Mowat grew up in Windsor, Ont., and Saskatoon, Sask.