Friends, family and fans of a Toronto radio station are mourning the loss of a popular voice over the city’s airwaves.
Fitzroy Gordon, 65, was the founder and CEO of G98.7 FM, a station popular with the local black and Caribbean community. He passed away on Tuesday.
“At this time, as you can imagine, we are overcome with grief and we would like to thank you for your support, understanding and prayers,” his wife, Marvette Gordon, said in a statement.
“I know Mr. G was well loved by our listeners and the community at large, as such, rest assured that at the appropriate time, there will be opportunity for you to express your love for him.”
Many dignitaries took to social media to praise his legacy for bringing black and Caribbean culture onto the FM dial.
Mayor John Tory offered condolences in a statement, and said Gordon was known as “Dr. Love” because he loved helping others.
“The loss of Fitzroy Gordon is a loss for all of Toronto,” the mayor said.
“[He] was a towering figure in our city who brought people together.”
My statement on the death of Fitzroy Gordon. pic.twitter.com/l5hqYXxdlm
— John Tory (@JohnTory) April 30, 2019
I am saddened to learn of the passing of Mr. Fitzroy Gordon. I was privileged to have been interviewed by him many times on @G987FM a platform that he created and used to build communities. I extend my sincere condolences to his wife Marvette. We have lost a true gentleman.
— Mark Saunders (@marksaunderstps) May 1, 2019
So sorry to hear of the passing of Fitzroy Gordon. A wonderful man, he was so kind to me when I was starting out in this business, having me on his CHIN show late on Sunday nights. A member of the @FAN590 family. #RIPFitzy https://t.co/ZDtjV9eUzH
— Mike Wilner (@Wilnerness590) May 1, 2019
A powerful voice and role model for Black communities across Ontario, Fitzroy Gordon shared the richness of Caribbean and Black culture with the province. We are so saddened by his loss, and our hearts and condolences go out to Marvette, their family and the Caribbean community.
— Andrea Horwath (@AndreaHorwath) May 1, 2019
— Mitzie Hunter (@MitzieHunter) April 30, 2019