It’s been almost a decade since he left Montreal for a job at CFRA in Ottawa, but Montreal radio personalities who were around back then are remembering Greg Hébert, who used to work at CHOM and CKGM.
Hébert died Thursday night after a long and heavily-mediatized battle with cancer.
He started his radio career in Montreal as a producer for the CHOM morning show of Pete Marier and Andrew Carter in 1999. After two years, he went to what was then sister station CKGM (Team 990) and produced for the afternoon show of Joey Elias and Tony Marinaro, also working as a sports reporter and weekly show host.
But he’s better known in Ottawa, where he was the host and producer of a nightly business show on CFRA radio, and a business reporter for A Channel (now CTV Two). He left for medical reasons after getting a diagnosis of synovial sarcoma in 2009.
His former colleagues in Montreal posted remembrances on social media.
From Pete Marier:
Sad News today, Greg Hebert passed away last night. He worked as a producer for “Pete and Andrew” on CHOM back in 2001. To his wife Lauren: Greg had outstanding qualities. Chief among them were his honesty, courage, determination and quit wit. These equipped him to rise quickly as a broadcaster and to become one of the bravest persons I’ve ever met.
Know that he touched a lot of people this way, and I’ll always be proud to call him my Friend. Pete Marier.
From Nat Lauzon:
Rest in peace, Greg Hébert, the bravest soul I ever encountered. A husband, son, friend, fighter. And to many like me – a teacher. Join Team Greggybear and read his incredible legacy. A gift to everyone fighting for their very lives against a horrible disease. Thank you Greg. xx
From Tony Marinaro:
Greg Hebert, who I worked w/11yrs ago at Team990, passed away this morning after a courageous battle with cancer. Way too young. So sad #RIP
— Tony Marinaro (@TonyMarinaro) December 21, 2012
There were far more from his colleagues in Ottawa.
Obituaries have been published in the Ottawa Citizen, the Ottawa Sun, CTV News Ottawa and CFRA. They’re well done and I encourage you to read them.
After getting his cancer diagnosis, Hébert decided to go public about his cancer fight. He started up a charitable foundation and wrote a blog. The last post written by him is dated a month ago.
Hébert leaves behind his wife Lauren, who announced after he died that she is pregnant.
A funeral for Hébert will be held on Dec. 28 at 3 p.m. at Hulse, Playfair & McGarry Central Chapel, 315 McLeod St. in Ottawa.
Hébert also leaves behind his mother, Judy.
Cathy Coulombe, Patrick Letang were also Montreal radio personalities who died too young of cancer in recent years and I’m betting there are others, is there a trend?
Only that cancer is a leading cause of premature death.