Gord Downie’s impact on Canada reaches far beyond the soothing melodies played throughout Wednesday on the radio.
Hockey Night in Canada‘s Don Cherry was on Prime Time Sports with Bob McCown and John Shannon, where the hockey personality shed light on some of the Tragically Hip frontman’s philanthropy.
“He was great on the First Nations and that seemed to be his whole thing on life the last six months,” said Cherry, referring to Downie’s work in creating a better life for Canada’s indigenous population.
Downie was one of the founders of The Gord Downie & Chanie Wenjack Fund, a charity that aims to “jumpstart reconciliation between Indigenous and non-Indigenous Peoples.”
“He was always helping people all the time,” said Cherry. “When a guy dies everybody says really great things about him and all that stuff – but boy he did charities and I can’t stress enough to the people that never met him: He was just a regular guy – he was working at a gas station or something, the whole bunch of them and maybe that’s what made them successful.”
You can listen to the full interview in the player above.