|Born||22 April 1939|
Come by Chance
|Died||14 May 2013 74)(aged|
|Alma mater||Ryerson Polytechnic Institute|
|Subject||Newfoundland, Joseph Smallwood|
|Notable works||That Far Greater Bay|
|Notable awards||Stephen Leacock Award|
Ray Guy (22 April 1939 – 14 May 2013) was a Newfoundland journalist and humourist, best known for his satirical newspaper and magazine columns.
Newfoundland and Labrador is the most easterly province of Canada. Situated in the country's Atlantic region, it comprises the island of Newfoundland and mainland Labrador to the northwest, with a combined area of 405,212 square kilometres (156,500 sq mi). In 2018, the province's population was estimated at 525,073. About 92% of the province's population lives on the island of Newfoundland, of whom more than half live on the Avalon Peninsula.
He was born in Come By Chance, Placentia Bay, Newfoundland, to George Hynes and Alice Louise Guy, but was raised and schooled in Arnold's Cove,the community that was to provide fodder for many of his columns.
Come By Chance is a town on the isthmus of the Avalon Peninsula in Newfoundland and Labrador, Canada. It is in Division 1 on Placentia Bay.
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Arnold's Cove is a town on Newfoundland's Avalon Peninsula in the province of Newfoundland and Labrador, Canada.
Guy studied journalism at Ryerson Polytechnic Institute. After graduation, he wrote for the St. John's Evening Telegram 1963-1974, and his columns also appeared in magazines such as Atlantic Insight and the Newfoundland Quarterly. His output included political satire and humorous essays on Newfoundland outport life. His columns in the Evening Telegram often criticised the policies and ridiculed the excesses of Premier Joseph Smallwood, during a time where political opposition to Smallwood was ineffectual. In 1977, he received the Stephen Leacock Award for his collection That Far Greater Bay (1976).
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In 1979, Gordon Pinsent created Up at Ours, a half-hour CBC St. John's television series that starred Mary Walsh as the owner of a boarding house and Ray Guy as the principal boarder. In 1985, Walsh appeared in and directed a stage play written by Guy, Young Triffie's Been Made Away With, which Walsh directed as a film in 2006, promoted in some markets under the shorter title Young Triffie .
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Guy also appeared as a commentator on the CBC St. John's news program Here & Now. He was awarded an honorary doctorate by Memorial University of Newfoundland in 2001.
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Ray Guy died of cancer on 14 May 2013. He was 74 years old.
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St. John's is the capital and largest city of the Canadian province of Newfoundland and Labrador. It is on the eastern tip of the Avalon Peninsula on the large Canadian island, Newfoundland. The city spans 446.04 square kilometres (172.22 sq mi) and is North America's easternmost city.
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