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Canadian singer-songwriter
Born: November 17, 1938, Orillia, Canada
Died: May 1, 2023, Sunnybrook hospital, Toronto, Canada
Spouse: Kim Hasse (m. 2014), Elizabeth Moon (m. 1989–2011), Brita Ingegerd Olaisson (m. 1963–1973)

Children: Ingrid Lightfoot, Fred Lightfoot, Miles Lightfoot, Eric Lightfoot, Meredith Moon
Parents: Gordon Lightfoot Sr., Jessica Lightfoot
Birthday: November 17, 1938 (Scorpio)
Born In: Orillia

Canadian Celebrities Born In November
Also Known As: Gordon Meredith Lightfoot, Jr.
Age: 84 Years, 84 Year Old Males
Spouse/Ex-: Kim Hasse (M. 2014), Brita Ingegerd Olaisson (M. 1963–1973), Elizabeth Moon (M. 1989–2011)

Father: Gordon Lightfoot, Sr
Mother: Jessie Vick Trill Lightfoot
Children: Eric Lightfoot, Fred Lightfoot, Ingrid Lightfoot, Meredith Lightfoot, Miles Lightfoot
Musicians Folk Singers
Height: 6’0″ (183 cm), 6’0″ Males

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Lightfoot was married three times. His first marriage in April 1963 was to a Swedish woman, Brita Ingegerd Olaisson, with whom he had two children, Fred and Ingrid. They divorced in 1973, the marriage ending in part because of his infidelity.

Lightfoot acknowledged that his musical touring and the fact that he found fidelity difficult in a long-distance relationship contributed to the failure of at least two relationships.

The song “If You Could Read My Mind” was written in reflection upon his disintegrating marriage.

At the request of his daughter, Ingrid, he performed the lyrics with a slight change: the line “I’m just trying to understand the feelings that you lack” is altered to “I’m just trying to understand the feelings that we lack.”

He said in an interview that the difficulty with writing songs inspired by personal stories is that there is not always the emotional distance and clarity to make lyrical improvements such as the one his daughter suggested.

Lightfoot was unmarried for 16 years and had two other children from relationships between his first and second marriages: Gaylen McGee and Eric Lightfoot.

In the early 1970s, Lightfoot was involved with Cathy Smith; their volatile relationship inspired his songs “Sundown” and “Rainy Day People” among others. “Cathy was a great lady”, Lightfoot told The Globe and Mail after her death.

“Men were drawn to her, and she used to make me jealous. But I don’t have a bad thing to say about her.” Smith later became notorious as the person who injected John Belushi with a fatal speedball.

In 1989, he married Elizabeth Moon. They had two children: Miles and Meredith. They divorced in 2011 after a separation that Lightfoot said had lasted nine years.

Lightfoot wed for a third time on December 19, 2014, at Rosedale United Church to Kim Hasse.

To stay in shape to meet the demands of touring and public performing, Lightfoot worked out in a gym six days per week, but declared in 2012 that he was “fully prepared to go whenever I’m taken.”

He calmly stated, “I’ve been almost dead a couple times, once almost for real … I have more incentive to continue now because I feel I’m on borrowed time, in terms of age.”

Lightfoot’s band members displayed loyalty to him, as both musicians and friends, recording and performing with him for as long as 45 years.

Lightfoot was a long-time resident of Toronto having settled in the Rosedale neighbourhood in the 1970s, which once hosted an infamous after-party following a Maple Leaf Gardens date on Bob Dylan’s Rolling Thunder Revue tour. 

In 1999, he purchased his final home in the Bridle Path neighbourhood, where he would eventually live across the street from fellow musician Drake who purchased property in the mid 2010s, and at various times down the street from both Mick Jagger and Prince.

Lightfoot was a lifelong fan of the Toronto Maple Leafs and was made an honorary captain of the team for the 1991-92 season.

In mid-April 2023, Lightfoot’s declining health caused him to cancel the remainder of his 2023 tour. Lightfoot died of natural causes at Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre in Toronto on May 1, 2023, at the age of 84.

The Mariners’ Church in Detroit (the “Maritime Sailors’ Cathedral” mentioned in “The Wreck of the Edmund Fitzgerald”) honored Lightfoot the day after his death by ringing its bell a total of 30 times, 29 for each of the crewmen lost on the Edmund Fitzgerald, and the final time for Lightfoot himself.

In the days after his death, a series of tributes took place in his hometown, one of them previously planned.

On the Saturday, the local opera house hosted Leisa Way & the Wayward Wind Band, a previously planned show that paid tribute to Lightfoot that became a memorial show of sorts. It sold out after his death. 

A day later, a public visitation was held at St. Paul’s United Church that drew more than 2,400 people.

On May 8, 2023, a private funeral was held for Lightfoot at St. Paul’s United Church.