Today the world mourns the loss of one of its most beautiful voices, that of Canadian singer, Rita MacNeil. Rita was not only a beautiful person, and an magnificent artist, she was a Canadian folk music icon who brought maritime tales to millions around the world. She was bullied all through her childhood, and her life certainly had its share of difficulties. We, at The Northern Star, feel the sting of her loss, but admit that her voice really always belonged in heaven, we were just lucky enough to have heard her for a while. Goodbye Rita, thank you so much for sharing your wonderful gift while you were here with us.
Born in Big Pond, Cape Breton on May 28, 1944, MacNeil was one of eight children of Neil and Catherine MacNeil.