REGINA-BORN MURRAY WESTGATE, ESSO’S ‘HAPPY MOTORING’ TV SPOKESMAN, HAS PASSED AWAY

On Saturday nights in the 1950’s and 60’s, ‘Hockey Night in Canada’ (HNIC) was on the air, and MURRAY WESTGATE, wearing a service station hat, did all the commercial breaks for ESSO. He reached the age of 100 this past April, and died on Monday at Sunnybrook Health Science Centre.

“As a kid watching HNIC, I really did believe he had his own Esso station,” said PAUL PATSKOU, hockey historian and Canada’s top video archivist of the Maple Leafs and NHL. “If he was on HNIC, he had to be real. And I believe it’s true that people from out of town drove around looking for Murray’s station in TORONTO . . .

“I had no idea he was an actor (nominated for a Genie, winner of an ACTRA) until years later.”

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