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Yellowknife’s Francois Thibault dies at 53

Yellowknife, NWT – One of Yellowknife’s best known citizens, Francois Thibault, has died.

He was better known as T-Bo, and was one of the city’s most renowned artists, sculptors and jewelry makers.

T-Bo owned and operated his business, Originals by T-Bo, in Yellowknife for some 26 years.

His wife says he passed peacefully of brain cancer yesterday at Stanton Hospital.

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He had announced that he had the disease on Facebook late last month.

Mayor Mark Heyck says it’s a terrible loss for the community.

“It’s a big loss for the arts community and certainly for Yellowknife as a whole. Francois was such a passionate advocate for the arts. Not just art for the arts sake but he also saw the immense economic potential that arts could have for a city like Yellowknife so it’s a big loss for all of us and I’m certainly sad to hear the news.”

Heyck says T-Bo’s legacy in Yellowknife is secure both physically and inspirationally.

“The United in Celebration sculpture at the Somba Ke Civic Plaza will certainly stand as a beautiful legacy of the work that T-Bo did here in Yellowknife. I know he touched a lot of artists right across the community so that experience, passion and drive that he had for the arts will carry on well into the future.”

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A celebration of his life will be held in front of his stunning sculpture on the lake beside City Hall.

The date for that has yet to be confirmed.

T-Bo was born in Ottawa and came to the Northwest Territories in the 1990’s.

Francois T-Bo was 53 years old.

Our condolences go out to his wife and family.

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