HAMILTON - Tiger Town shed a few tears following the passing of Tommy Grant, a champion who was as much a part of the football fabric as any in club history.
“A Hall of Fame player on the field and a real gentleman off of it, our deepest sympathies and condolences go out to the entire Grant family on behalf of the Tiger-Cats organization,’’ Ticat team president Scott Mitchell said in a statement issued by the franchise as news of Grant’s death on Tuesday filtered out.
A native of Windsor, Grant, 76, passed away in a London hospital.
“We all cherished our time with Tommy last year as he was inducted into the Tiger-Cats Wall of Honour and will treasure the memories of watching him enjoy that special night with his family,” continued the team’s statement.
“We will miss seeing Tommy at Ivor Wynne stadium and have little doubt his legacy as a Wall of Honour Member and that of four-time Grey Cup Champion and nine-time Grey Cup participant will be remembered and admired for decades to come.”
Grant, who lined up at flanker and running back, spent 13 seasons with the Ticats, ending his first season in 1956 by being named as the East’s top Canadian rookie.
In 1964, Grant would earn league honours as top Canadian.
While attending the 2011 Windsor Essex Hall of Fame induction dinner last Saturday, Grant took ill and was taken to Victoria Hospital in London.