OTTAWA – Retired broadcaster Max Keeping, who had a long time affinity for Cornwall and was considered the Seaway City’s honourary son, has died.
CTV anchor Carol Anne Meehan – Max’s co-anchor for over two decades – broke the news on Twitter Thursday afternoon saying Keeping had died surrounded by family.
It is with a heavy heart that I tell you Max Keeping, who made a difference in so many lives, passed away today. A tribute at 6 @CTVOttawa
— Carol Anne Meehan (@CarolAnneCTV) October 1, 2015
He was 73.
Keeping had a long and very public battle with cancer.
Keeping had been a journalist in Ottawa since 1965, starting with CFRA and then seven years on Parliament Hill with CTV National News before holding down a 37 year career with CTV Ottawa.
Keeping was very active in the Cornwall area, opening a Cornwall chapter of the Max Keeping Foundation in 2012. The charity helped financially disadvantaged children participate in local sports programs.
The “Play to the Max” program was dissolved in 2015, replaced with the CHEO Max Keeping Fund for Kids.
He was also a recipient of the Order of Canada, the Order of Ontario and was in the Canadian Broadcast Hall of Fame.