Tuesday, 14 July 2009

30 - Bob Gage

When they talk amateur sports coverage in London, Ontario, Bob "Scoop" Gage no doubt comes to mind as one of the greats.

Gage covered UWO's Western Mustangs multi-sports teams during all of his 33 years with the London Free Press.

On Sunday, the dean of amateur sports reporters in Canada died at University Hospital, says Steve Coad in a lengthy Free Press obit.

(The Canadian Interuniversity Sport web site and UWO's Western News also have fond tributes to Gage, who was 89.)

Coad says Gage "is being remembered as a 'true champion' of amateur athletics and a man of unflagging character and enthusiasm."

He says Gage, who retired in 1982, is in every major University of Western Ontario sports hall of fame.

"That includes UWO football's Wall of Champions, basketball's Wall of Honour, track and field, and the W Club (the men's athletic alumni hall)."

Sounds a lot like our late, great George Gross.

The funeral will be held Wednesday at 10 a.m. at St. Mary's Church in London . A tribute will follow in the church hall at 11 a.m.

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