My grandfather – playwright, actor, comedian, and larger-than-life personality – Don Harron (September 19, 1924 – January 17, 2015) passed away yesterday.

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From his biography (written by his daughter, my mother, the best writer I have ever had the good grace to meet): According to long-time friend and colleague Mavor Moore, “Harn [nickname for Don Harron] contains several opposites: scholar and clown, nationalist and internationalist, sophisticate and sentimentalist, puritan and hedonist, poet and punster, old fart and eternal youth. What saves him from utter derangement is a genius for transmuting the lot into laughter.” He was my rock, my inspiration, my incessant source of solace, and – in his quirky, indescribable way – my hero.

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