Ex Stamp passes away

PABLO FERNANDEZ -- Sun Media

, Last Updated: 10:17 AM ET

Rudy Singer was a member of a legendary CFL team, a life-long electrician and a veteran of the Second World War.

But those who were closest to him remember not a sports hero, war vet or tradesman, but a compassionate, loving, kind-hearted family man, who would take into his world those who didn't fit in anywhere else.

Singer, 83, who was a member of the 1948 Calgary Stampeders Grey Cup team, lost a short battle with cancer at the Rockyview hospital Saturday.

Singer's death came much too suddenly, said his wife Bernice.

"It's hard to see him gone," she said.

"He would've liked to have lived a little longer, and I would've liked to have had him around a little longer ... but I guess he did have a pretty full life. It was just so sudden."

Singer played with the 1948 Stampeders, who were undefeated then went on to win the Grey Cup and are credited for revitalizing a league that all but faded away during the war.

Some of Singer's teammates included Normie Kwong, Alberta's current Lt. Governor, and Woody Strode, who went on to become a Hollywood movie star.

After his tenure with the Stamps, Singer dedicated himself to being an electrician.

Services will be held at the Chapel of Mountain View Funeral Home at 2:00 p.m. Friday.


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