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Larry Updike

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LARRY UPDIKE

May 5, 1955 – June 20, 2024

With his beloved wife holding his hand, Larry passed away in the early hours on June 20 in the Grace General Hospital at the age of 69.


In addition to his wife Mary-Ann, he is survived by his son, Gordon; parents Lee & Bev; sister Janet, brother Dan (Kelly); nephews Tim, Kenny, and Andy; nieces Rachelle and Meghan; brother-in-law John (Joanne) and numerous aunts, uncles, cousins, colleagues, and friends.


Born in Ontario and raised in a religious and musical household, Larry was ordained at the age of 21 and began working in radio to supplement his ministerial income. He moved to Winnipeg and, in 1982 landed a show on 97.5 FM, where rock radio host Tom McGouran had recently been hired. They worked together as co-hosts of the Tom and Larry Show for more than a decade, bouncing around to different stations as a team.


In 1995, Larry went to news-talk station CJOB/68 where he helped create an evening talk show, hosted the drive home show and finally moved to The CJOB Morning Show where he remained for nine years before retiring briefly from the industry to become a spokesperson for Siloam Mission. He later returned to the airwaves as the voice of Up to Speed on CBC Radio. Known for his engaging voice, warm personality, and insightful commentary, Larry brought both news and joy to countless listeners over his decades-long career.


His colleagues, friends, and listeners remember him as a man of integrity, wit, and kindness. Whether on the radio or in person, Larry's ability to connect with people from all walks of life was unparalleled. His legacy in broadcasting is marked by his talent for making complex issues accessible and his unwavering commitment to truth and fairness.


He was inducted into the Manitoba Broadcasters Hall of Fame in 2009, received the Distinguished Alumni Award from the University of Winnipeg in 2010, and is a Queen Elizabeth II’s Golden Jubilee Medal recipient for his work with the War Amps. He was an advocate for individuals with autism ever since his son Gordon's diagnosis in 1994.


In 2014, he published My Word! The Larry Updike Story, chronicling his journey from Pentecostal minister to rock radio and talk show host.


Larry played music from an early age. As a boy he sang and played to audiences all over southern Ontario as part of a family singing ensemble. He rekindled his love of performing, rhythm guitar and classic country music in retirement with his band, the B-Side Apostles, first with fellow guitarist Greg Glatz and then with drummer Eric Boorman. They found their niche entertaining older adults in retirement residences and personal care homes.

 

He also carried on his passion for broadcasting in retirement, volunteering as a host on CJNU Nostalgia Radio and creating hundreds of videos on Facebook/YouTube about current affairs, music, and personal interests.


A celebration of Larry's life will be held at 1:30 p.m. on Wednesday July 3, 2024, at Grant Memorial Church, where friends, family, and community members are invited to gather and honour his memory.


Larry Updike's voice may be silent, but his legacy of love, service, and dedication will continue to resonate in the hearts of all who knew him. His life reminds us of the profound impact one person can have through kindness, faith, and a commitment to helping others.


If there ever comes a day when we can't be together, keep me in your heart, I'll stay there forever.

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Jay

July 6, 2024 at 8:48 PM

Larry was a professional and good man. We didn't see eye to eye on everything but we agreed that statements need to be fact checked, the world needs more unconditional love, and that being a good person doesn't necessarily mean being a perfect person.

 

He is missed.

Dale Updike

July 6, 2024 at 4:22 AM

I first met my nephew Larry in 1957 when his dad & mom (Lee & Bev) came from Ontario to spend some time with us on our dad's farm near Love, Saskatchewan. Larry was every bit as funny, friendly and fun back then when he was only 2 years old as he was the rest of his life! I still find it hard to believe that he has left us so soon......much too soon.

 

We both loved the older Country Music, with Hank Williams as our #1 favourite, but with a big bunch of others in #2 place! His dad (my older brother Lee) taught both of us how to play guitar, but most importantly taught us about God and His tremendous love for each and all of us.

 

I just can't imagine what Mary-Ann, Gordon, and Lee and Bev are going through! I have lost a sister and a brother, but not a spouse or a child. May the Lord minister His comfort and peace to all our families, and wisdom for all decisions that must be made too.

Jim Pattison

July 5, 2024 at 12:39 PM

I first met Larry in Fort Frances in the 1970s when he was on the radio there. When I was in Saskatoon, his uncle "Hank" and I shared our memories of him. When I came back to the city, I tried to catch up with him and say hello. It did not work unfortunately.

May the peace that God alone gives be your portion at this time.

Tick

July 3, 2024 at 7:57 PM

Larry, Thank you for all the laugher over the years. Many of times passing him in the hall I would wait to see what might be said. He will be missed by many as he was loved by so many

Tick

July 3, 2024 at 7:49 PM

Larry, Thank you for all the laugher over the years. Many of times passing him in the hall I would wait to see what might be said.

He will be missed my many as he was loved my so many

Adam Glynn

July 3, 2024 at 6:33 PM

Larry was an amazing human being. Curious, inquisitive, knowledgeable. Passionate, dedicated, motivated. Thoughtful and insightful. And so very kind.

 

I had the privilege of working with Larry at CJNU over the past decade - as he got to have fun in his retirement while still 'playing radio' as one of our volunteers. He served on our board of directors, co-chaired our Programming committee, and quite literally wrote the book on training for our volunteers. Before COVID, he was one of the regular hosts of our breakfast show, while in recent times, he recorded voice work from his home studio. He was a consummate professional broadcaster, and one heck of a Winnipeg evangelist - he loved this place, and shared that love with others through radio.

 

He was so in demand through his work with the B-Side Apostles, that he never made it back to the studio in-person to host a live show after 2020 - but we were so happy to see him so happy, living the dream, as a performer!

 

But in spite of how busy he was, he always had time to share his thoughts, and was particularly quick to lend his support.

 

I will miss his wit, wisdom and warmth; and like so many his sonorous voice.... but I think most of all, I'll miss his deeply infectious laughter.

 

We are poorer in your absence... but so much richer for having ever had you in the first place.

 

With deepest love, and sincerest condolences to Mary-Ann, Gordon, and all of the family.

 

Rest easy, Larry.

STEFANO S GRANDE

July 3, 2024 at 1:58 PM

Did not Know Larry well, but well enough to say this man loved people, and our city, and left us in a better place. Always, postive, with smile, constructive, to the point. Condolnces to family and friends.

Brian Barkley

July 3, 2024 at 1:34 PM

My friend for so many years. We always had fun together....on air for 9 years but off air for so many more. He was so talented in so many ways. We lost him way too soon but his 69 years were so full and he touched countless people in so many ways. He was a devoted husband and father. He will be missed. Good bye my friend!!

Tim Edwards

July 3, 2024 at 6:48 AM

There is one less candle burning tonight, be still the airwaves as we all take a moment to pause and reflect on the widespread impact this gentleman had on so many lives... Our paths crossed many times in the buisiness and in life.

His mistress was radio... but his heart always belonged to Mary-Ann & gordon.

We should all be Thankful and fortunate for the time we shared with Larry (on and off air)

A Giant man with a Giant heart. Rest easy my friend, you really will be missed.

Geoff and Jan Currier

July 2, 2024 at 9:41 PM

A wonderful man who personified kindness, wisdom and a great wit. From the time we met Larry back in the 90's, he loved his career, but his family were always the most important part of his life. Larry was always the voice of reason, on or off the air. He will be missed by so many. He was truly one of the good guys! Our heartfelt condolences and prayers are with his family. Keep your memories close and he will live on in your hearts for always.

Geoff and Jan Currier

Former collegues CJOB

Scott Nolan

July 2, 2024 at 6:29 PM

I was grateful to call you my friend, such a classy and thoughtful man who dedicated his life to keeping the conversation moving. ❤️

Louise eawluk

July 2, 2024 at 6:04 PM

You will be sadly missed , you were a terrific person and radio personality

Michelle Bailey

July 2, 2024 at 5:48 PM

A huge heart, a comanding voice, a family man and friend to so many. You are and will be greatly missed, Larry. May you Rest in Power. May God give you, Mary-Ann and Gordon, strength as you grieve this great loss, and may you also revel in the wonderful memories created along the way.

Heather Regier

July 2, 2024 at 4:36 PM

Larry was a lovely soul who had a great sense of humour, and a love for Jesus! I remember him from his days of being a youth Pastor, and we were all part of some amazing times as a group of young people that loved the Lord! Larry you will be missed!!

Elizabeth Gage

July 2, 2024 at 2:18 PM

A lovely tribute to a truly beautiful soul Larry's views, compassion for humanity, sense of humour, and many talents will live on in our hearts and minds in perpentuity. Sending hugs and love to Mary-Ann and Gordon xx Liz

Jesse

June 29, 2024 at 11:56 AM

I saw the name and said "Hey thats my CJOB man!" Rest easy Larry Updike and thanks for the countless hours listening to you!!!

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