Longtime CJAD 800 newscaster Tom Armour dies at 79

Tom Armour, a fixture on Montreal radio for more than half a century, has died at the age of 79.

His family says the longtime CJAD 800 newscaster passed away last week at St. Mary's Hospital.

During his time on the air, Tom Armour's calm, authoritative voice guided Montrealers through some of the most exhilarating and tumultuous times in the city's history, from Expo 67 and several Habs' Stanley Cup wins to the 1970 October Crisis.

His radio career dates back to the 1950s, working as a 20-year-old at Quebec City's CJQC in 1959. He also did some television work in the provincial capital before moving on to Cornwall.

In 1961, he arrived in Montreal to work for CFCF radio, and its then-brand new television station, before joining CJAD 800 in 1965.

He left CJAD 800 in the mid-1970s to work elsewhere, but returned in 1993, where he remained until his retirement in 2015.

 

He left CJAD 800 in the mid-1970s to work elsewhere, but returned in 1993, where he remained until his retirement in 2015.

For most of his last decade at CJAD 800, he was the weekend morning anchor, complementing Dave Fisher and his cast of characters on his weekend morning show.

He was widely praised as a consummate professional and a gentleman, by generations of listeners and colleagues alike.

"The thing to understand about Tom is that he is a consummate professional," Dave Fisher said of him as he announced his retirement. "He comes to work with the attitude of, 'What can I do to help?' In a crisis, he is beyond calm, cool and collected and he is the one that so many of us have learned from and really appreciate."

There will be no funeral, according to his wishes.