October 28, 2004
(Executive Council)


Premier expresses condolences to family and friends of Al Clouston

Premier Danny Williams today expressed condolences to the family and friends of Al Clouston, a Newfoundland and Labrador icon who passed away this week.

"To Newfoundlanders and Labradorians and to countless others who are fascinated by our folklore and people, �Uncle Al� was a much-beloved storyteller and writer whose wit and humour were as warmly received as they were offered," said Premier Williams. "Like America�s great humourists, �Uncle Al� had a knack for narrating stories that were embarrassingly familiar and hilariously funny but at the same time kindhearted and good-spirited. I was always entertained by his clever ability to weave stories and tales out of life�s ordinary events.

"He made us chuckle over and over, telling tales that people delighted in passing on, in the great oral tradition for which Newfoundlanders and Labradorians are famous. Over the years, he has blessed us all with the good medicine of laughter, and we are delighted that his stories live on in his books and recordings. I am sure that it is largely because of his light-hearted, generous and friendly approach to living that he was able to enjoy such a long, full life and to touch so many people in so many memorable ways."

Premier Williams said that all Newfoundlanders and Labradorians join the Clouston family in celebrating Al Clouston�s life and the tremendous contribution he made to our province.

"Our thoughts and prayers are with the friends and family of Al at this time," added the premier. "I know he will be sorely missed, but also remembered with love and affection."

Media contact: Elizabeth Matthews, Office of the Premier, (709) 729-39606 or (709) 690-5500

2004 10 28                          2:55 p.m.

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