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What are your memories of Ron Lancaster?
Thu, September 18, 2008

The CFL lost one of its legends when Hall of Famer Ron Lancaster died on Wednesday night.

The former star quarterback and coach was diagnosed with lung cancer in early August and had been undergoing radiation and chemotherapy to treat the disease.

He had been working as a colour analyst on Hamilton Tiger-Cats radio broadcasts this season before receiving the diagnosis.

What are your memories of Ron Lancaster? Have your say in our forum.

What are your memories of Ron Lancaster?



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I remember Ron Lancaster on the 1960 Grey Cup Champion Ottawa Rough Riders' sidelines wearing number 16 and standing beside Russ Jackson. This image has always been ingrained in mind since. God Bless you Ron.
Vince in Ottawa, 2008-12-29 13:40:02

There comes a moment in most every game when I automatically think of Ron Lancaster. That is when I see some offense facing 2nd and inches...or even 3rd and short. When it was Lancaster at the controls, you "couldn't trust him" to run. It was just a matter of when he was going to cross up the defense on something deep!

I keep waiting for the 'next Ronnie' to come along and be just like that. I can also only hope that this time, he's the guy quarterbacking my team!
autenmj, 2008-09-24 13:55:35

I saw my first pro-game when I was 6. My parents brought me from Saskatoon to Taylor Field to see the Riders play the Eskimos. I watched Ron Lancaster and George Reed wallop the Esks 40-0. After that - I was hooked. I had my #23 jersey and wanted to be the Little General. Thoughts are with his friends and Family.
JAMES, 2008-09-19 10:53:14

I as a huge Rider fan and of the CFL in general appreciate what you not only did for the riders as a player but for the league as a whole as a coach,president,executive, goodwill ambasodor the league has lost a bright light and we as fans will forever remember #23 THE LITTL GENERAL!! God Bless
Darryl Daniel, 2008-09-19 02:27:02

Ron Lancaster will be missed,as a fomer resident of Sasatchewan,iam a huge lancaster fan. Only quarteback who could score three touchdowns in 1:17 left in the game. To me and all of Saskatchewan the greatest Quarterback to play the game.The Little General.He was like family to all us fans. condlences to RON,s family Good by my friend
Wade Schutte, 2008-09-18 23:03:21

Ronnie Lancaster was the master of the two minute drill. He was a class act and we miss him already.
Kevin Kelly, 2008-09-18 21:05:23

Ron graced us here in the Royal City of Guelph as a celebrity at our 2007 Guelph Sports Hall of Fame Celebrity and Inductee Banquet. He spoke of the fond memories he had as a player and he gave much encouragement to the youth who, like him, are often perceived as the "little guys". To those he demonstrated by example that they could make it, given the right circumstances and "heart". I recall listening as a teen to the radio while washing my dad's car and hearing the battles that he and his colleagues fought on the football turf. I have a picture taken and prize it to this day. He will be missed not as the "little guy" but as a "giant" among athletes and gentlemen. God bless him and his family and friends at this time and forever.
Will, 2008-09-18 17:06:04

Well I always considered the Saskatchwan Roughriders as a rival to the Ottawa Roughriders.

It seems Ron Lancaster always found a way to make the little talent that he had work in a big way.

Ron did not always win but the guys on his team always looked fired up and ready to go. And lets not forget his trick plays on forth and long or on the punt returns. I also liked him as a coach and a broadcaster... We will miss him. Luckily he will live for a long time through the people that he helped and spirit that shared....


Raymond, 2008-09-18 16:59:07

Growing up in Regina in the sixties saw my parents take me to many home games at Taylor field - southend Sec 32 @ $2.00.There was Atcheson, McQuaurters,Reed, Barwell,

just to name a few of the greats---and then there was 23 Lancaster --the anchor of the team, whom consistently led the team to victories--never gave up.He was small but boy could he manouver on the run,and pass for a completion.He was every boy's hero. He will be very much missed.
John Chisholm, 2008-09-18 16:57:45

Comment from Tim,

Healthcare worked fine, he was originally diagnosed with bladder cancer in 2004 and had treatment at that point. You are not considered in remission from cancer until after 5 years have passed.

That said long time ti-cat's season ticket holder, Ronnie will be missed! Great, affable guy who did a lot to promote thhis great league !
Joe A. Hamilton, 2008-09-18 16:09:12

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