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Notable Canadian Deaths in 2011: Jack Layton, Betty Fox And NHL Enforcers

12/28/2011 09:19 EST | Updated 02/27/2012 05:12 EST

The death of Jack Layton was chosen by Canadians as the the biggest Canadian news story of 2011, according to an Ipsos poll released Dec. 28. Layton died this year from cancer a few months after leading the NDP to Official Opposition status for the first time in Canadian history.

The most viewed story on CBCNews.ca this year is Layton's last letter to Canadians. Layton is also the Canadian Press newsmaker of the year for 2011.

The photo gallery below features Layton and other prominent Canadians who died in 2011, including four soldiers killed in Afghanistan.

We have pages profiling the passing of prominent people in arts and entertainment and internationally, as well as this list for Canada.

Below the gallery is an index to a longer list of obituaries about Canadians on cbc.ca.

2011 obituary index, Canada

This is a list of links to obituaries on the CBC website of Canadian figures who died in 2011.

- Roger Abbott

- Reg Alcock

- Aloysius Cardinal Ambrozic

- Ruth Asper

- Frances Bay

- Wade Belak

- Allan Blakeney

- Derek Boogaard

- Willard Boyle

- Robert Buckman

- Myles Burke

- Ray Butler

- Steve Cardiff

- Ronald Colapinto

- William Commanda

- Earl Cook

- André Cornellier

- Bruce Crozier

- Tom Daly

- Barney Danson

- Keith Davey

- Daisy DeBolt

- Peter Donaldson

- Phillip Elanik

- Malcolm Forsyth

- Betty Fox

- David Gold

- John Gould

- Alexander Grant

- Byron Greff

- Ron Haggart

- Bob Hinitt

- Harley Hotchkiss

- Harold Huskilson

- Tom Kent

- Ken Kostick

- Antonin Kubalek

- Jose Kusugak

- Dudley Laws

- Jack Layton

- Serge LeClerc

- David Lui

- Karl Manning

- Rick Martin

- Red McBryan

- Wallace McCain

- Brad McCrimmon

- Les McLaughlin

- Earl McRae

- Robert Morgan

- Robert Muir

- Fraser Mustard

- John Neville

- Clifford Olson

- Hal Patterson

- Gerald Pratley

- Neil Reimer

- Jack Richardson

- Nancy Riche

- Wayne Robson

- Francis Roy

- Rick Rypien

- Michael Sarrazin

- Gloria Sawai

- Yannick Scherrer

- Lois Smith

- Ralph Steinman

- Stuart Stratton

- Jim Sullivan

- Gordon Tootoosis

- Jim Travers

- Brian Vallée

- Milton Veniot

- Heiko Wittenborn

- Dave Wright

- Elwy Yost

- Larry Zolf

If there are obituaries that you feel belong on the list but aren't there, please mention them in the comments and include a link if you can. Wayne Robson, Jose Kusugak, Jack Richardson and David Gold have been added to the index, thanks to the commenters who mentioned them.

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