Farley Mowat Passes Away

Famed author, and World War II veteran, Farley Mowat has passed away at the tender age of 92.

Farley Mowat was commissioned into the Canadian Army during the Second World War, serving on the front lines including in Italy.  He began his military career as a Second Lieutenant, eventually raising to the rank of Captain.  He was provided with an honorary discharge as the end of the war, but had been offered a promotion to the rank of Major if he remained in the army, which he decided not to accept.

Mr. Mowat would return home and studied biology at the University of Toronto.

After this, Mr. Mowat would go on to become an award winning author publishing a long list of books and other writings which includes:

  • People of the Deer
  • The Regiment
  • Lost in the Barrens
  • The Dog Who Wouldn’t Be
  • Coppermine Journey: An Account of a Great Adventure
  • Grey Seas Under: The Perilous Rescue Missions of a North Atlantic Salvage Tug
  • The Desperate People
  • Ordeal by Ice
  • Owls in the Family
  • The Serpent’s Coil: An Incredible Story of Hurricane-Battered ships the Heroic Men Who Fought to Save Them
  • The Black Joke
  • Never Cry Wolf
  • West-Viking
  • The Curse of the Viking Grave
  • Canada North
  • The Polar Passion
  • This Rock Within the Sea: A Heritage Lost
  • The Boat Who Wouldn’t Float
  • The Siberians
  • Sibir: My Discovery of Siberia
  • A Whale for the Killing
  • Tundra: Selections from the Great Accounts of Arctic Land Voyages
  • Wake of the Great Sealers
  • The Snow Walker
  • Death of a People-the Ihalmiut
  • Canada North Now: The Great Betrayal
  • And No Birds Sang
  • Sea of Slaughter
  • My Discovery of America
  • Virunga: The Passion of Dian Fossey
  • Woman in the Mists: The Story of Dian Fossey
  • The New Founde Land
  • Rescue the Earth!: Conversations with the Green Crusaders
  • Born Naked
  • Aftermath: Travels in a Post-War World
  • The Farfarers: Before the Norse
  • The Alban Quest The Search for a Lost Tribe
  • Walking on the Land
  • High Latitudes: An Arctic Journey
  • No Man’s River
  • Bay of Spirits: A Love Story
  • Otherwise
  • Eastern Passage

Some of the awards that Mr. Mowat received includes:

  • Canadian Centennial Medal (1967)
  • Queen Elizabeth II Silver Jubilee Medal (1977)
  • Officer of the Order of Canada (1981)
  • Star on Canada’s Walk of Fame (2010)

Mr. Mowat was married twice and had two children.  His great-great uncle was Sir Oliver Mowat, the third Premier of Ontario and a Father of Confederation.

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