|Saskatoon author Wes Funk in 2013. (CBC)|
Among Funk's works are the novels Dead Rock Stars and Cherry Blossoms and a memoir Wes Side Story, published by Your Nickel's Worth Publishing.
The memoir, released in 2014, has been described as witty and brutally honest.
Funk was well-regarded for having a sense of humour and rooting his stories in the prairies.
In an interview with CBC Radio about Cherry Blossoms, Funk spoke with pride about the novel.
"I feel Cherry Blossoms is perhaps my best work," he said. The story is set in rural Saskatchewan and Saskatoon and follows a farm wife who comes to a crossroad in her life.
"In a fit of rage, one day, she just packs up her dog and a few clothes and heads to a new life in Saskatoon," he said. "It's a very down to earth, real story."
Funk said he worked especially hard to weave real landmarks and areas of Saskatoon into the narrative.
Miss you lots. Everyday. Love you, Wes.