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COMMENTARY · 6th March 2013
Merv Ritchie
My wife and I taught my children the names of the provinces and their capital Cities as we drove down the highway. No oops, sorry, Stompin Tom did.

"Victoria is a might good town they never turn the maple leaf upside down. Here's to Victoria and the land we love, can anyone name me the capital of . . . Alberta!"

Dominique and Louis would scream out, Edmonton!

Listen to it Here

Although it makes me cry I smile as I listen in my mind to my two kids singing the song.

Most know 'The Good 'ol Hockey Game' and 'Bud the Spud', I know Tom from much more.

My good friend, Gary Friars, from my heavy duty mechanic days at Quintette Coal near Tumble Ridge BC, told me a story about him and his buds drinking in East Vancouver. They were watchin this guy on stage strumin his guitar and thumpin his foot and they, in their typically young taunt, yelled out, who do you think you are, Stompin Tom Connors?'

And yeah, he actually was. They sat and shared drinks when he got off stage.

That was the canadian guy he was. One of us.

Someone who loved the land and the people. He was a guy who understood the truth of the working men and women. We who do everyday what we need to do to make lives better for our children and grandchildren.

Rest in peace compatriot.

I shed a tear today.

“Hello friends, I want all my fans, past, present, or future, to know that without you, there would have not been any Stompin’ Tom.”

“It was a long hard bumpy road, but this great country kept me inspired with it’s beauty, character, and spirit, driving me to keep marching on and devoted to sing about its people and places that make Canada the greatest country in the world.”

“I must now pass the torch, to all of you, to help keep the Maple Leaf flying high, and be the Patriot Canada needs now and in the future.”

“I humbly thank you all, one last time, for allowing me in your homes, I hope I continue to bring a little bit of cheer into your lives from the work I have done.”
Stompin Tom Connors
One of the Good Ones...
Comment by Pat#1 on 7th March 2013
What a great time was had by often this phrase has been said after seeing Stompin' Tom.
I will sure miss him.

Keep your stick on the in peace.