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'Friendly Giant' puppeteer and radio talent Rod Coneybeare has died

'Friendly Giant' puppeteer and radio talent Rod Coneybeare has died

10.9.2019

'Friendly Giant' puppeteer and radio talent Rod Coneybeare has died

Rod Coneybeare , who voiced the beloved characters Rusty and Jerome from ' The Friendly Giant ,' died on Thursday in Lindsay, Ont.

Last Updated Tuesday, September 10, 2019 9:50AM EDT

"I think 'The Friendly Giant' is an emblem of a certain time for a certain generation," his son, Wilson Coneybeare, said Monday in a phone interview from Toronto.

"He went fairly quickly and with all his faculties intact, and he was surrounded by family at the end," said Wilson Coneybeare, a writer-director-producer who splits his time between the U.S. and Canada.

When the camera panned up, Friendly would call to Rusty, a rooster who played multiple instruments and popped out of his home: a book bag hung by the castle window.

"A lot of people are reflecting on that show being part of another time -- a quieter time, a time when you could actually put out a TV show that was really primarily about reading and music and little simple life lessons."

Coneybeare also created, wrote and acted in CBC Radio's horror-fantasy series "Out of This World" in the 1950s. His other credits included "The Rod and Charles Show." He never stopped creating, said his son, noting his dad was writing a graphic novel and working on a variety of projects until the end.

"I remember being amazed to hear that when the show wasn't being taped, when it was in hiatus, that Rusty and Jerome were actually kept in a bank vault," Wilson Coneybeare said.

Read more: CTV News

Rest In Peace. Who is going to take care of Rusty and Gerome now Grew up watching ‘The friendly giant’ Look up, look way way up. Didn’t think he’d be that tall. My kids Loved you sir! RIP Sad Jerome and Rusty RIP RIP. Many happy times as a lad, our oldest too. Quintessential Canadian kid tv back in the day.

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‘Friendly Giant’ puppeteer Rod Coneybeare dies at 89 Rod Coneybeare was known best for brining life to Rusty the Rooster and Jerome the Giraffe on ' The Friendly Giant .' The Friendly Giant was one of my favourite shows to watch! His voice was so soothing and the intro was quietly calming. Sorry to hear of his passing. 😢RIPRodConeybeare 💐 I always pictured myself in the rocking chair by the fire, and could never figure out how Rusty kept all those books in a small sack. Rest in peace, gentle giant. You gave many, many Canadians very happy memories. Rod Coneybeare was a ubiquitous but relatively unknown presence on CBC radio and television. I remember hearing his name in many of the credits of shows I really enjoyed. Did not know of his connection with Friendly until today. He will be missed.

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