the north face clearance bringing his radio friends together
A legacy of friendship, good humour, wrestling and a love for pizza is what friends of Neil O are talking about this week.
The sudden passing of the well loved News 1130 traffic reporter is pulling together a wide array of local radio and TV talent, all in the hope of helping out his family.
O 47 and a native of , died on Tuesday.
O had been suffering from complications due to diabetes for years, she said, but had been working all the while, even lately as he was dealing with kidney disease.
He show up to work at the radio station every day, and then go for dialysis at night at St. Paul Hospital.
guess he didn tell people much, his longtime friend Darren Grieve said. just showed up to work every day. a big shock. known to listeners as Danger, said he and O first got to know each other watching professional wrestling in the 1990s.
both worked at night (Grieve at KISS FM, O at 1130) and he realized that I watched wrestling from time to time. I realized he watched it all the time, so I always had questions, especially about the guys I watched growing up in the Grieve recalled.
knew everything about it from top to bottom. pair would watch Monday Night Raw after they got off work.
of the nicest guys you ever meet, Grieve said of his friend. kind, just a funny guy, but one who just would fly under the radar if you didn get to know him. said whatever money is raised will help O mom he has no other family with whatever costs she incurs from his funeral or otherwise.
was really, really especially close with his mom, Grieve said. far as I concerned, if there anything we can do for her, we do it. would be the thing he would most want to be sure of as he passed from this earth, that his mom was taken care of. of O first jobs in radio was working on Sex, Lies and Audiotape, the very popular late night call in show on Z95.3 during the 1990s, hosted by clinical counsellor Rhona Raskin.
was hilarious, he was so funny, Raskin said she quickly discovered about O who initially worked as a runner for the show.
had a really wry sense of humour, said Raskin, who quickly put him on air, calling him Neil. he really wasn that bitter.
just cried my eyes out when he first left our show.
Raskin said there were lots of stories about O but one stands out.
and his mom, their Christmas tradition was to go to the Old Spaghetti Factory. One year, they changed the meatballs. He wasn happy. He went all the way to head office to complain, so they told him how to order the old ones.
one year they changed the dishes, and Neil wasn happy, so they found the old dishes. They saved the old dishes just for him, so when he and his mom went back, they bring them out. said she and a few others realized how ill he was, even as he tried to keep it from them.
all knew he was sick, and you couldn miss it, she said. he always brushed it off. the same time, she said, was pretty realistic, he was in end stage kidney failure. There was nothing they could do, and he knew it.