May 07, 2014

By Michael Kramer

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Farley Mowat, one of Canada’s best-known authors, literary characters and  staunch environmentalists, has died at age 92. 

Mowat died at his home in Port Hope today – just shy of his 93rd birthday.

He was the renowned author of dozens of works including Lost in the Barrens and Never Cry Wolf – and introduced Canada to readers around the world .

In his works Mowat shared everything from his time abroad during the Second World War, to his travels in the North and his concern for the deteriorating environment.

More than 17 million copies of his books, which have been translated into more than 50 languages, have been sold worldwide.

Mowat won the  Governor General’s Award for Lost in the Barrens in 1956 and in 1970 he was awarded the Stephen Leacock Memorial Medal for Humour for The Boat that Wouldn’t Float. He became an officer of the Order of Canada in 1981.

Mowat was born in Belleville, Ontario on May 12, 1921.

The flagship of the Sea Shepherd Conservation Society was named after him, with his blessing.

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