Rod Coneybeare, former CBC host and Friendly Giant puppeteer, dead at 89

Coneybeare gave life to characters Jerome the Giraffe and Rusty the Rooster on beloved children’s show

The Friendly Giant contributors are shown in a still in front of the set for the show’s 25th anniversary episode on Sept. 18, 1982. Front row, from left: harpist John Duncan, puppeteer/voice actor Rod Coneybeare with Jerome the Giraffe and Rusty the Rooster and puppeteers Nikki Tilroe and Karen Valleau. In the back row, from left, show creator Bob Homme as The Friendly Giant and puppeteer Nina Keogh. (CBC).

Rod Coneybeare, who enjoyed a three-decade run at the CBC hosting, producing and appearing on a variety of shows, including voicing the beloved characters Rusty and Jerome from The Friendly Giant, has died.

Coneybeare, according to an obituary from his family that appeared in the Toronto Star, died in Lindsay, Ont., at the age of 89.

The family said he “leaves behind beloved and everlasting memories of a man with a biting intellect, a dark and incisive humour, an appreciation of art, popular music and classic movies.”

In the late 1950s, he was selected to voice characters on The Friendly Giant, the children’s show created by and starring Bob Homme.


Published on September 9, 2019 at 6:52 pm by clockwatcher


September 9, 2019 - 8:55 pm


One of the best CBC shows ever on. None of those type of shows are on anymore.

May he Rest In Peace and thank you for being a part of Canadian history.

September 9, 2019 - 10:31 pm


Iconic performer and a good guy. RIP Rod.

September 10, 2019 - 7:23 am


Its always nice to put a face and a name to someone that I heard daily for many years. The Friendly Giant was a kids show that (as far as my memory permits) was always kind and gentle.

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