Don Harron has died, he was ninety years old. He was a Canadian actor, playwright and composer who performed in A Streetcar Named Desire and the movie The Red Shoes. His oldest daughter, Martha explained it was Sunday morning when her dad passed away in Toronto. His family was with him at time of his death, he chose not to get treatment for his cancer.
His parents owned and operated Harron’s Cleaners and Dyers in Toronto an he was entertaining for generations with his comic alter ego Charlie Farquharson as he helped along to bring the Canadian classic novel “Anne of Green Gables” from the page to the stage. He was also seen on Hee Haw, Martha Harron said.
“He was still sharp. He was still capable of being funny even though his voice was barely above a whisper,” she said in a telephone interview from Toronto. “It’s horribly sad, but it’s beautiful too.”
Born in Toronto, at the begining of his career, he drew caricatures of people at banquets before landing an audition for CBC radio.
Harron’s granddaughter, freelance journalist Zoe Cormier, said Harron’s,
intellectual passions nearly led him down a very different career path than the one that made him famous.
“He’s one of the few people that I would describe as a true polymath,” Cormier said. “Anything he ever put his hand to he excelled at.”
Harron leaves behind his partner Claudette Gareau and his three daughters.