Olie Alto left us for the bigger stage on Sept. 1 after a brief struggle with cancer. The dwindling connection to Winnipeg’s show business past is greatly reduced with the passing of this “North End Boy”of Finnish descent, for Olie was a very lively part of that post war era that laid the ground for the thriving theatre scene that now exists in the city. Olie spent many years performing at The Hollow Mug, a once thriving musical theatre close to the airport. He encompassed radio, television, and film over his many years as an actor and performer. The Stone Angel, The Battle of Mary Kay, Capote, are just a few of his appearances.His contribution was recognised by ACTRA Manitoba when he was presented with the Victor Cowie Award in 2013. Our deepest condolences to Olie’s wife Margaret, their five children and dozen grandchildren. All of us who worked with him will miss his laugh and good spirits.

-Written by Brian Richardson