Clair Chambers

From Moncton to Sudbury
Clair Chambers first came to CKSO Radio on September 1st, 1939 to handle sales and voice and production work.  He had been out west at Winnipeg and Regina.  He left a couple of years later.  He returned in June of 1943 coming from CKCW in Moncton, New Brunswick.  He would serve as manager of CKSO Radio.  The image to the right is taken from The Canadian Broadcaster, June of 1943.  The staff at CKCW in Moncton bid Clair a fond farewell.  Clair would only be in Sudbury for a year's time before heading to Toronto.

Some years later he and his wife landed in Halifax and became commercial manager for CJCH.  It was there that Clair would partner with Donald Hildebrand, also at CJCH, and with Mclean Hunter in 1962 they founded Great Lakes Broadcasting System Ltd..  The company operated radio stations CFCO in Chatham, CHYM in Kitchener and CFOR in Orillia.  The partnership dissolved by 1968.  Clair had proven himself as an entrepreneur in his lifetime while Estelle was in nursing.

From The Globe and Mail published on July 22, 2000, both Clair and Estelle, married for 63 years, were reported to have died within five days apart in Toronto where they lived for the last 28 years.  Clair was described as being part of the "older and now passing generation of Canada's broadcasting establishment".  He died of lung disease at their home on July 11, 2000.  His wife had been in intensive care at the Toronto General Hospital.  Her death was brought on due to complications arising from Hypertrophic Cardiomyopathy, two days after learning of her husband's death.

The obituary goes on to indicate that Clair came to know "the who's who of the industry - everyone from Roy Thomson and Jack Kent Cooke to John Bassett."

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