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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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Condolences to Ron's family, he will be surely missed.

He was great with all the teams he worked for.

we will Miss you Ron
PB, 2008-09-18 16:05:25

Growing up in Saskatoon I have many fond memories of watching Ron Lancaster play. Throwing the ball to Hugh Campbell or handing it off to George Reed.

The CFL will never be the same without Ron.
kneeguy, 2008-09-18 15:55:14

Although I'm not a football fan, the shocking headline caught my attention. CFL Hall of Famer dies of lung cancer. How could this happen? I read the whole story, and there's no mention if he was a smoker. I just assumed players and coaches are non-smokers. It is shocking that he was only diagnosed with lung cancer earlier this summer, and now is dead! Incredible! What a poor indication of the quality of our health care system. Here's a popular man, who probably had one or more medical examinations every year, and was only diagnosed with lung cancer earlier this summer. I guess it had probably been living in his lungs for quite some time. I could understand someone getting their first medical check up in 20 years, being diagnosed with terminal cancer, but a rich, famous, and popular person, it just doesn't make sense. My condolences.
Tim Schuett, 2008-09-18 15:51:42

I had the good fortune to meet Ron lancaster several years ago while volunteering at the Matt Dunigan quarteback challenge golf tournament in Milton. He was a classy and fun loving individual, larger then life..a real legend, but also a fine person
Rick Bochove, 2008-09-18 15:07:06

I had the opportunity to work for Ron for several years in Edmonton. He was not only an excellent football coach he was a better person. He will be missed for his wit, grace and poise.

Brad Miller
Brad Mill, 2008-09-18 15:06:17

Condolences to Ron's family, he will be missed by every CFL fan. He was simply the best QB ever.
ed in regina sk, 2008-09-18 14:56:12

A TiCat Season Fan & got to see the Little General in action as a Coach. A great loss for the CFL, the players and the fans. My condolences to his family. I am still in shock. He will alway be rembered.

Sue
Sue, 2008-09-18 14:53:06

Condolances to his family.I watch him when he played with Saskatchewan.He will be missed.
Leanne Madsen, 2008-09-18 14:40:07

My fondest memory of Ron Lancaster was watching when I was young boy on Sunday afternoon on CBC (4) in those super awesome showdowns between Lancaster & wilkinson. Man did those two guys give you a show to remember. Ron was my idol growing up and it was is perseverence and the love of the game that push me to become a quarterback for my high school. I enjoy him as a player & as a coach. My only regret is that I never got to meet him in person for a picture & autograph. Ron Lancaster is to football what Maurice Richard was to hockey. He will always have special place in my heart everytime I watch a CFL game.

My condolensce to the family.

Richard Renaud

Rockland,Ontario
Richard Renaud, 2008-09-18 14:28:38

His arrival in Ottawa in 1960 from tiny Wittenberg University in Ohio and his competition with Russ Jackson for the # 1 role, helping to lead them to the 1960 Grey Cup.

That he eventually lost out to Jackson in 1962 was due only to the fact the latter was Canadian and so freed up an import roster spot to another position.

I don't recall the exact year, but I do remember a memorable two-game total point playoff with Eagle Day and the Calgary Stampeders when, in the first game in Calgary, they got whomped by something like 30 points. For the second game, figured to be a foregone conclusion, the crowd was sparse at snowy Taylor Field. But Ronnie started throwing and the lead began to disappear and by half-time I remember the TV crew showing a long line of cars arriving at the stadium in time for the 2nd half. The Riders won the total point by a score something like 42 to 40. I wish I could recall exactly, but that's a long time ago.

Rest in Peace, Ronnie.
George O'Leary, 2008-09-18 14:10:18

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