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Goodbye to a Variety BC Legend

It’s a heartbreaking day for all of us at Variety BC & Global BC as we say a fond goodbye to Variety legend, Bob McGrath who sadly passed away today at age 90. Bob of course became a television icon for his portrayal of music teacher, “Bob Johnson” on the Emmy Award-winning PBS children’s series, Sesame Street since its inception in 1969. It was just four years later in 1973 when he would make his Variety Show of Hearts Telethon debut only to become a Telethon mainstay making a total of 40 appearances. Those who had the opportunity to work with Bob over the years – including George Pitman, Variety BC’s Board Chair – say that he was always the consummate professional … extremely gracious and truly passionate about helping kids with special needs. Our hearts go out to Bob’s family & friends and to all of his adoring fans. Thank you Bob for all you did through the decades to support BC’s kids … you’ll be greatly missed. To view Bob’s final pre-Telethon interview on Global News Morning from 2016, click on link below: @GlobalBCCommunityCentral