Loss of a Canadian Skeptical Hero
The Canadian skeptical community has just lost a champion. According to Skeptics Canada, Henry Gordon passed away on January 25, 2009 at the age of 89 due to a lengthy, unspecified illness. He was best known as a stage magician who worked out of the Toronto area. He was a fellow of CSICOP (Committee for the Scientific Investigation of Claims Of the Paranormal) and founder of Ontario Skeptics (now known as Skeptics Canada).
Henry Gordon wrote a weekly skeptical column for the Toronto Star in the early 80s, telling hilarious and interesting stories about his public psychic debunkings and other skeptical topics. Many of these articles are collected in his book Extrasensory Deception, which I highly recommend. I found it quite an enjoyable and enlightening read. He also wrote the book Channeling Into the New Age.
I personally regret never having had the chance to meet Henry but join with fellow Ottawa Skeptics in continuing his legacy of promoting skepticism here in Canada.
Our sincerest condolences go out to his family, which includes his wife Zita, his daughters Laura and Sandra, and his grandchildren.