08/16/2013 22:28 EDT | Updated 10/16/2013 05:12 EDT

Roy Bonisteel, former CBC Man Alive host, dies at 83

Broadcaster and former longtime CBC-TV host Roy Bonisteel has died at the age of 83.

Bonisteel family's said he died Friday morning at his home near Trenton, Ont. His family said he was being treated for cancer.

Bonisteel hosted the CBC Television program Man Alive, a magazine-style show that looked at religious issues, from 1967 to 1989. He received numerous awards over the span of his career, including two ACTRA honours.

A recipient of the Order of Canada and, more recently, a citizenship judge, Bonisteel had lived since 1971 just a short distance from his boyhood home in the Bay of Quinte area.

Bonisteel is survived by his daughters, Mandy and Lesley, his son Steven, nine grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.

A memorial is planned for a later date.