We are saddened to announce that Garnet Anthony passed away on Thursday, October 27th at the Fort Saskatchewan Hospital, finally free from the pain of cancer. He is survived by his wife, Connie Anthony (nee Loucks), his daughter Shauna (Michael) Hornak, his son Scott (Treena) Anthony and his five grandchildren, Joshua, Zachary, Jaylin, Cohen, and Jonas.
Born in Dartmouth, Nova Scotia on January 9th, 1935, he was an avid outdoorsman, hunter, fisherman and participant in many clubs and associations all his life. He was involved with the Boy Scouts and the Royal Air Cadets in his youth and earned his pilot’s license and Air Cadet wings at the age of 17. He obtained his commercial pilot’s license 4 years later in 1956 and flew with World Wide Airways and on the D.E.W line and mid Canada line.
In the fall of 1957 he moved to Edmonton, Alberta. He flew as a crop duster briefly but then decided to change careers as he felt this occupation was too hazardous. He started his extensive broadcasting/journalism career at CHCA-TV in Red Deer in 1958, moving onto CFRN-TV in Edmonton in 1961, and finally with CBC-TV and Radio for 26 years, retiring from co-hosting the Alberta Today radio show in July 1991.
Garnet’s many TV and radio programs on wildlife and its understanding (including producing documentaries) earned him substantial recognition and in 1985 the Government of Alberta inducted him into the Wildlife Hall of Fame – The Order of the Bighorn. He was honored again with the same award distinction in 1995 as a member of the Bull Trout Task Force. This second honor resulted in a journalism award; the Garnet Anthony Award of Excellence named after him.
His other numerous pursuits over the years included serving with the Edmonton Fish and Game Association, the Sherwood Park Fish and Game Association, the Edmonton House Brigade, The Alberta Black Powder Association, the Northwest Brigade, Alberta Environments Fisheries Division, the Alberta Forest Conservation Strategy, and the World Atlatl Association to name a few.
And in his “free time” he could be found hunting, fishing, participating in competitive shoots and historical re-enactments. In his basement workshop he turned out approximately 150 powder horns, leather goods, teepee chairs, shooting boxes, chests, canoe boxes, bark wood carvings, some blacksmithing, carving atlatls and even made a functioning cannon. Finally in 2001, he decided to try golf, “to find out what golfers already knew” and decided it was a great sport after all, enjoying the park like settings and “the courteous strangers on the fairways.”
A Celebration of Life will be held at a later date to be announced.
Serenity Funeral Service – South
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