We all know and love “The Hockey Song” and now Canada mourns the man behind it. Country-folk legend Stompin' Tom Connors sadly passed Wednesday from what a spokesman described as "natural causes." He was 77. A few days before his death, he penned a letter to fans:
Hello friends, I want all my fans, past, present, or future, to know that without you, there would have not been any Stompin' Tom.
It was a long hard bumpy road, but this great country kept me inspired with its beauty, character, and spirit, driving me to keep marching on and devoted to sing about its people and places that make Canada the greatest country in the world.
I must now pass the torch, to all of you, to help keep the Maple Leaf flying high, and be the Patriot Canada needs now and in the future.
I humbly thank you all, one last time, for allowing me in your homes, I hope I continue to bring a little bit of cheer into your lives from the work I have done.
Your Friend always,
Stompin' Tom Connors
A public “celebration of Tom’s life” is being planned in Peterborough on March 13 at the Peterborough Memorial Centre