Paul Quarrington dies at 56

Toronto-based writer author, musician and playwright Paul Quarrington has died of lung cancer at age 56.

A post on his website explains:

“In May 2009, Paul was diagnosed with Stage 4 lung cancer.  From May to January he channeled his prodigious creative energy into the completion of many artistic endeavours, included his first solo CD release, the third PorkBellys Futures CD release, his memoir for Greystone Books, ‘Cigar Box Banjo,’ the documentary film inspired by the book, ‘Life in Music,’ and much more.  His brave battle ended on January 21, 2010.  He passed peacefully at home in Toronto in the early hours surrounded by friends and family. It is comforting to know that he didn’t suffer; he was calm and quiet holding hands with those who were closest to him. Contributions to the Quarrington Arts Society are being accepted in his honour; visit Quarrington Arts Society

The Globe and Mail has put together a selection of interviews and videos about Quarrington. Here’s a 2008 profile from Quill & Quire.