Saskatoon writer Wes Funk died tragically on October 9, 2015, at the age of forty-six.
Of Mennonite descent, Wes grew up gay in rural Saskatchewan. Because of, and probably in spite of, his experiences, he possessed a heart of huge compassion, energy, and enthusiasm for everything he loved best—the senior citizens and writers he worked with, his friends, his family, and his writing community. The soul of acceptance and tolerance, he gave of himself and his time to Saskatoon’s LGBT fundraisers, AIDS awareness, animal-rescue programs, and literacy organizations. He was one of the most visible and popular writers in the province, and was the face of all that was young, edgy, and fun in Saskatchewan writing.
Largely self-educated as a writer, he self-published four books, including the novels Dead Rock Stars, Cherry Blossoms, and his memoir, Wes Side Story. He was the beloved host of Shaw’s Lit Happens, a provincially televised show devoted to Saskatchewan writers and their books.
He is badly missed by all who came to know him, by all who were the beneficiaries of his love, care, and encouragement.