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OBIT: Lois of 'Sharon, Lois & Bram' dies at age 78

Last Updated Apr 23, 2015 at 9:21 am PDT

Lois Lillenstein (Courtesy YouTube)

Lois Lilenstein was one of few Americans awarded Order of Canada

TORONTO (NEWS1130) – A member of a hugely popular trio of Canadian children’s entertainers has died. Lois Lilienstein of Sharon, Lois & Bram has passed away.

She was the only member of the group born in the US, and one of the few Americans to ever be awarded with the Order of Canada, which happened back in 2002.

Her son David Lilienstein says she died at home in Toronto, surrounded by friends and family. He says she had a rare form of cancer, which was diagnosed last October.

Lois Lilienstein was 78 years old.

Sharon, Lois & Bram’s beloved series “The Elephant Show” ran from 1984 to 1989 on CBC. It also aired in the United States on Nickelodeon, where it was a consistent ratings draw.

Featuring Sharon, Lois & Bram alongside the tuba-voiced Elephant, the show aired for 65 episodes, each ending with the song “Skinnamarink.”

In the late ’90s the group returned to the screen with “Skinnamarink TV,” which ran for 52 episodes.

Lilienstein retired in 2000 after the death of her husband, Ernest. Sharon Hampson and Bram Morrison continued touring after her departure.

The three-time Juno Award-winning trio issued its debut “One Elephant, Deux Elephants” in 1978.