Tapp, Gordie R.

June 4, 1922 - December 18, 2016

Gordon Robert “Gordie” Tapp passed away Sunday, December 18, 2016 at the age of 94 years. Gordie was born on June 4, 1922 in London, Ontario. He was a Canadian entertainer, best known as a radio and television presenter, comedian and a CBS broadcaster. Tapp studied at the Lorne Greene Academy of Radio Arts and later went on to perform and write for the television show Hee Haw. Gordie will be remembered best for his roles as Cousin Clem, Samuel B. Sternwheeler, Mr. Gordon the storekeeper, and Lavern Nagger, the forever put-upon husband of Ida Lee Nagger, as well as his comedy. He was introduced to U.S. President Gerald Ford as the world’s funniest storyteller and inducted into the Canadian Country Music Hall of Fame in 1990. Tapp was awarded the Order of Canada in 1998 for his work in helping raise funds for organizations such as the Canadian Muscular Dystrophy campaign and Easter Seals. He was also awarded the highest honor offered in the providence of Ontario, the Order of Ontario, in 1999.

 

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