Saturday, December 5

Obituaries

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Leafs’ Eddie Shack, ‘The Entertainer,’ dies at 83

Somewhere up there you can almost hear Clear the Track, Here Comes Shack.The famous line from his 1966 novelty song preceded Eddie Shack through an adventurous career on the ice, in front of advertising cameras and as the life of any party he walked into with his trademark feathered cowboy hat. On Saturday night. ‘The Entertainer’ exited at age 83 in Toronto, after a worsening battle with throat cancer though much of 2020.The Maple Leafs are deeply saddened by the passing of Eddie Shack.A three-time all star and four-time Stanley Cup champion, Eddie entertained Leafs fans on the ice for nine seasons and for decades off of it. He will be greatly missed.Our thoughts are with his family. pic.twitter.com/vMz0pznuNv— Toronto Maple Leafs (@MapleLeafs) July 26, 2020The zenith of his 17-...
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MANDEL: They don’t make dames like Yolanda Ballard any more

A name from the past appears on the social media of today, a personality who commanded the headlines of a different time.Yolanda Anna Ballard, 1933-2020I had missed last month’s obituary. The blowsy-blonde once known, and vilified by many, as YoYo — the First Lady of the Gardens — passed last month at the age of 87.She was larger than life — the always weepy, breathy, bejewelled, bespectacled, Chanel-outfitted would-be wife of Leafs owner Harold Ballard, who legally changed her name from MacMillan and liked to call herself “Mrs. B” though she never did get him to that altar in the Cayman Islands before he called off the wedding just hours before he was rushed to hospital in 1990.Divorcee Yolanda MacMillan, a former Bell telephone operator, had first set her sights on the wealthy ...