Special reunion in the works

PAUL FRIESEN -- Winnipeg Sun

, Last Updated: 1:03 PM ET

They say you never forget your first time.

Where 86-year-old George Hitzroth is concerned, they may as well have been talking about Grey Cup games.

A veteran of 60 Grey Cups, Hitzroth's first stands out for a couple of reasons.

For one, his hometown Hamilton Flying Wildcats beat the Winnipeg RCAF Bombers, 23-14.

More importantly, the date he took to Varsity Stadium in Toronto that day was something else.

"I really thought the world of her," Hitzroth said.

"She was the best girl of my generation, that I ever knew."

As luck would have it, the woman wound up moving to the U.S., where she got married, and Hitzroth lost touch with her.

A couple years ago, his family convinced Hitzroth to track her down.

With the help of his sons, he did, reaching her by phone down in North Carolina.

"She just about jumped through the phone," Hitzroth recalled. "She said, 'Where are you?' I said, 'I'm in Port Parry, Ont., Canada.' She said, 'I want you to come visit me.' Man, I'm geared up and ready to go. I've got my roller skates on."

By this time, the woman was a widow, and Hitzroth's own marriage had ended.

"So I went down and spent a week down there. She took me down to Myrtle Beach. She took me down by the ocean and bought a big batch of fresh shrimp. We took 'em home and cooked 'em up and knocked 'em off with martini cocktails. It was marvelous."

And now they're planning a Grey Cup reunion, next year in Toronto -- 64 years after their first Grey Cup date.

"I said, 'I wouldn't ask you to try Winterpeg, that might be rough for a southern lady,' " Hitzroth said. "So she has indicated she just might do that. I hope she does, because I've already got Grey Cup tickets for us. I'm rarin' to go."


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