Voice of the North Falls Silent
Winnipeg, Manitoba – Ben Meisner, known as the Voice of the North, has passed away following a short, and courageous battle with cancer.
He died in the Health Science Centre hospital in Winnipeg in the early hours of April 2nd, with his wife Elaine, son Reg and daughter Kim (Burns) at his side.
After falling ill while on an ice fishing trip in Manitoba, Ben was adamant about coming home to Prince George. Knowing there was no cure for his condition, he directed his care team in Winnipeg, to focus on doing whatever was necessary to ensure he could achieve that goal. As it became clear to him that his condition was not going to improve enough to allow that move to happen, he made notes on his goodbyes, and insisted the people of Prince George and Northern B.C. be thanked for everything they had done for him over the more than 40 years he lived in the region and for the thousands of emails, texts, comments on 250News and facebook which offered prayers and support during his illness.
He also wanted to thank those who had worked so hard to try and get him back to Prince George as quickly as possible.
Born in Maryfield Saskatchewan on June 3rd 1938, he was the youngest of four children born to William Meisner and Anna Wolowska. He would move to Winnipeg in the early ’50’s where he worked as an office boy at the United Grain Growers. He eventually began a career in broadcasting at radio station CKDM in Dauphin Manitoba, a start that would launch a career that would span 60 years.
Over the years, his career would see him work in Winnipeg Manitoba, Toronto Ontario, Yorkton Saskatchewan, manage a radio and television station in Red Deer and in Kamloops, before moving to Prince George, where he hosted the Meisner Program on CKPG for nearly a quarter of a century in addition to operating other businesses.
(At right, Ben Meisner receives the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee medal from MP Dick Harris)
He has written columns for the Prince George Citizen, the Prince George Free Press, hosted a talk show on CFIS FM, and launched his own independent internet website, 250News.
Ben Meisner was also a Senior Bencher with the Law Society of BC, a recipient of the Queen’s Golden and Diamond Jubilee medals and a Lifetime Achievement Award recipient from the Radio, Television and Digital News Directors Association of Canada.
Ben is survived by his wife Elaine (Macdonald), son Reg (Cynthia), daughter Kim Burns (Tony) grandson Derek Meisner (Tanya), daughter Kelly Gair (Michael) and grandson Will Royrock, brother Bill (Leona) of Hinton Alberta, brother Ron (Marge) and sister Trudy Perkins both of Winnipeg Manitoba, brother-in-law Gordon (Macdonald) in Cape Breton and numerous nieces and nephews.
Funeral arrangements have not yet been finalized.