Saskatchewan Writer and TV Literary Host Wes Funk Dies at 46

The Saskatoon writer Wes Funk died on October 9th, 2015, at the age of 46.

"Funky Wes" by Michael Gaudet (Acrylic on Canvas, 18"x24" 2013) www.mrgaudet.com

“Funky Wes” by Michael Gaudet (Acrylic on Canvas, 18″x24″ 2013) www.mrgaudet.com

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, his community, 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 most visible and popular writers in the province, and was the face of all that was young and 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 and care and encouragement.

Read more about his life and work on his website: http://www.wesfunk.ca/