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"Iron" Mike Koncur dead at 72
Weightlifter/wrestler was loyal to Winnipeg
By CHRIS KITCHING - Winnipeg Sun


Iron Mike regularly amazed spectators with his weightlifting feats.

When he was in the spotlight, "Iron" Mike Koncur was a behemoth of a man who could tear thick telephone books in half and cradle lift two women at once.

Away from the wrestling ring and stage, the lifelong Winnipegger was a gentle and modest family-oriented man, friends say.

Koncur, a former Manitoba amateur weightlifting champion and semi-professional wrestler, died in his sleep Monday. He was 72 and is survived by his wife Olivia, son Michael, daughter Melanie and year-old grandson Raine.

"I get a tear in my eye thinking that he's gone," friend Walter Williams said. "Once you got to know him, you just wanted to spend time with him whenever you could."

Koncur, at 5-foot-9 and 230 pounds, was a regular in the Manitoba wrestling and weightlifting circuits in the 1950s and 1960s.

He held a provincial record in the two-hand military press and was a Manitoba and Western Canadian heavyweight lifting champion.

During demonstrations, he amazed spectators by lifting two women, sitting in cradles attached to the ends of a lifting bar, over his head. He could also tear telephone books in half, Williams said.

Wrestling promotions in the U.S. tried to lure him, but he chose to stay in Winnipeg with his family.

Mike Koncur from a couple of years ago

"It might have been nice travelling all over, getting fame and ... exposure on TV," Koncur told the SLAM! Wrestling website in 2000. "But my marriage came along, I started having children and had to devote my time to my children, taking them to ... hockey games, coaching little league."

He was a CN Rail machinist for 45 years, retiring in 1996.

Koncur's funeral is 10 a.m. Saturday at Cropo Funeral Chapel at 1442 Main St. in Winnipeg.

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