Bob McGrath has died at the age of 90

He best known as “Bob” on Sesame Street, but for the people of Saskatchewan he was also a long time supporter and host of TeleMiracle.

Bob McGrath has died at the age of 90.

McGrath was a host on TeleMiracle from its inception, until his retirement in 2015.

Premier Scott Moe noted McGrath’s death on social media.

My condolences to the family and friends of Bob McGrath who passed away earlier today. Mr. McGrath helped raise millions for TeleMiracle as a host up until his retirement in 2015. Thank you for your generosity to the people of Saskatchewan.” Moe said in a Tweet.

McGrath’s passing was confirmed by his family who posted on his Facebook page on Sunday: “The McGrath family has some sad news to share. Our father Bob McGrath, passed away today. He died peacefully at home, surrounded by his family.”

Sesame Workshop tweeted Sunday evening that it “mourns the passing of Bob McGrath, a beloved member of the Sesame Street family for over 50 years.”

McGrath was a founding cast member of “Sesame Street” when the show premiered in 1969, playing a friendly neighbor Bob Johnson. He made his final appearance on the show in 2017, marking an almost five-decade-long figure in the “Sesame Street” world.

The actor grew up in Illinois and studied music at the University of Michigan and Manhattan School of Music. He also was a singer in the 60s series “Sing Along With Mitch” and launched a successful singing career overseas in Japan.

“A revered performer worldwide, Bob’s rich tenor filled airwaves and concert halls from Las Vegas to Saskatchewan to Tokyo many times over,” Sesame Workshop said. “We will be forever grateful for his many years of passionate creative contributions to Sesame Street and honored that he shared so much of his life with us.”

He is survived by his wife, Ann Logan Sperry, and their five children.

-with files from the Canadian Press-

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