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Canada lost a screen and theatre icon this week. John Dunsworth, who was best known for his role as park supervisor and liquor lover Mr. Lahey on the Canadian comedy Trailer Park Boys, passed away on Monday night.

The news of Dunsworth’s death was shared by his daughter Sarah, who wrote about her father’s passing on social media. According to the tweet, Dunsworth passed away after a unexpected and brief illness at the age of 71. He is survived by his wife, three daughters, one son and grandchildren.


A Nova Scotia native, Dunsworth was heavily involved in politics and became the leader of the NDP party in 1988, eventually leaving politics to focus his career on acting. In addition to his beloved role as Mr. Lahey on Trailer Park Boys, Dunsworth also spent five seasons starring as Dave Teagues on the drama Haven.

In addition to his many TV roles, Dunsworth appeared in dozens of films, starting with So Long To Run in 1978. He was also known for his extensive work on stage in local theater in Nova Scotia, even helping to open the Pier One Theatre Company.

Following the news of Dunsworth’s death, many of his costars and fans took to social media to express their sadness over his passing, with personal stories of Dunsworth’s kindness and compassion spreading throughout Facebook and Twitter. Unlike his famous character Mr. Lahey, the soft-spoken Dunsworth drank rarely, loved working with rocks and cement and spent much of his time promoting the arts in Nova Scotia.

The official Trailer Park Boys Twitter account posted about Dunsworth’s death on Monday night.

Trailer Park Boys co-creator and writer Mike Smith, who also plays Bubbles on the comedy, wrote that he was ‘beyond devastated’ over the news of Dunsworth’s passing.

Actor Tom Arnold tweeted that Dunsworth was one of the “finest men and most brilliant actors I’ve ever had the honor to work with.” Arnold also wrote that he and rapper Snoop Dogg begged Smith to write scenes for them with Mr. Lahey during their cameos on Trailer Park Boys.

Lucy DeCoutere, who played Lucy opposite Dunsworth on Trailer Park Boys, posted a lengthy and heartfelt response to the news of her friend and costar’s passing.

Canadian comedian Gerry Dee expressed his condolences online.

Actor Kim Coates called Dunsworth a ‘joy.’

Canadian rock legends Rush paid their respects to Dunsworth as an actor and great man.

TV personality and Trailer Park Boys actor Jonathan Torrens remembered the curious and mischievous spirit of Dunsworth on set.

Dunsworth’s family has asked for privacy at this time.