The pedestrian struck and killed by a passing tractor trailer on Highway 401 near Kingston early Saturday was a popular Canadian broadcast and music industry veteran.
Robert “Bobby” Gale, 62, of Prince Edward County was pronounced dead at the scene.
Longtime friend Jim Johnston reported on Facebook that Gale had run out of gas Friday night on the way back to his home from a concert in Montreal and was struck while he was carrying a gas can back to his car.
Gale’s first on-air radio job was in his hometown of Windsor at progressive rock station CJOM 88 in 1975. He went on to such stations as 106 FM in Detroit, Winnipeg’s CHIQ FM, Montreal’s CHOM FM and Toronto’s Q107.
In the 1980s, he moved into music promotions and publicity, working at PolyGram, starting his own company and later working at Global Live Artist Direction.
Gale’s colleagues at 99.3 County FM in Prince Edward County paid tribute to the broadcasting veteran on the station’s website. They planned a special broadcast Sunday afternoon, the usual slot for Gale’s show, The Sunday Glide.
Johnston, board chair at 99.3, called Gale a “legend, a friend of thousands and a personal friend for 45 years.”
“He was a passionate champion of music, and many artists domestically and internationally have benefited from his management, friendship and guidance,” Johnston wrote in a Facebook post.
Gale had called Prince Edward County home for the past 15 years and had been hosting The Sunday Glide since 2015.
Gary Slaight, who hired him away from CHOM in Montreal to join the Q107 team in Toronto, described him as “unique” and a “gale force who was a great communicator with velvet pipes and a deep knowledge of music,” FYI Music News reported.
Police said the driver of the tractor trailer remained at the scene to speak with police, and OPP technical collision investigators were examining the scene on Saturday. Police said they did not anticipate any charges being laid against the truck driver.
Westbound lanes of Highway 401 at Joyceville Road reopened just before 1:30 p.m.
The OPP requested that anyone who may have been in the area at the time of the collision or might have information about it contact the Frontenac OPP at 1-888-310-1122.
With files from The Canadian Press