TAVARES, Florida (CelebrityAccess) Canadian country singer Ronnie Prophet died today age 80 following cardiac, and kidney failure with family and friends at his side.
“Ronnie was an international star who transcended all boundaries with his big heart and superb showmanship,” says agent of 38 years Paul Mascioli. “He was a working man’s entertainer and loved by people of all ages. We’ll truly miss him but never forget him”.
The versatile Ronnie Prophet was not only a country music singer, but also a gifted impressionist, an entertaining storyteller, and an emcee.
He was born in Calumet, Quebec, the youngest of three children. As a musician, he began playing square dances throughout the province. He immigrated to the U.S. in 1966, wintering in the Bahamas. Soon he began playing at Boots Randolph’s Carousel Club, in Nashville, which later became Ronnie Prophet’s Carousel Club.
In the early 1970s, he hosted “Grand Old Country” on the CTV network and the UK series “Ronnie Prophet Entertains.” In 1975, Prophet made his chart debut when his first hit single “Sanctuary” made the Top 30 in Canada and was quickly followed by three more charted hits.
Over the next 40 years, Prophet continued to appear on television and toured internationally throughout the United States, Canada, the UK, and New Zealand as well as with the USO in Europe. In 1997, he and his singing partner/wife Glory Anne moved to Branson, MO, and performed there in various theaters until their retirement in 2015, after which they settled down in sunny Tavares, Florida.
Prophet is survived by his wife of 32 years, Glory Anne Carriere Prophet, sons Tony (Kitty), Jimmy (Emily), stepchildren Rhonda, Paisley, Warren Carriere, and Tamara Greer, as well as 12 grandchildren.
Prophet will be laid to rest at Avoca Cemetery near his farm home in Quebec, Canada.
In lieu of flowers, the Prophet family has requested donations be sent to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital – Ronnie Prophet Memorial Fund.