Jerseys and Helmets over the years

IN MEMORIAM

IN MEMORIAM

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2020

BOB MINIHANE

 

The HTCAA is sad to announce the passing of Bob Minihane.


Bob passed away from cancer in his Osterville, MA home on March 30th at the age of 82.


He played OT for the Tiger-Cats from 1961-63 and the Alouettes from 1964-68.


Bob played in 3 Grey Cups for the Tiger-Cats winning the championship in 1963.

 

DAVE FLEMING

The Hamilton Tiger-Cat Alumni are sad to announcing the passing of Dave Fleming. Dave passed away suddenly on April 22 due to heart attack at age 77 at his home in Pittsburgh.

Dave played both RB and HB for the Tiger-Cats from 1965-74, he was a CFL East All-Star in 1970 and a member of 3 Grey Cup Championship teams.

Nicknamed “The Fly” Dave was both tough and quick. He holds the Tiger-Cat record for longest pass reception taking a Joe Zuger pass reception 108 yards for touchdown in 1971 and scored the only Tiger-Cat touchdown in Hamilton’s 1972 Grey Cup Championship win in Hamilton.

He ranks fourth in franchise history with 50 touchdowns, sixth in rushing yards and ninth in combined yardage.

 

ZAC HENDERSON

The Hamilton Tiger-Cat Alumni is sad to announce the passing of Zac Henderson.

Zac passed away April 20th at the age of 64 at his home in Oklahoma City.

The University of Oklahoma graduate was know as a hard-hitting DB, playing for the Tiger-Cats in 1978-79 followed by a year with the Philadelphia Eagles and two with the Argonauts.

 

GLENN TIMLOCK

The HTCAA is sad to announce the passing of long-time Tiger-Cat alumnus Glenn Timlock. Glenn passed away on March 23rd at the age of 85.

Glenn  played Jr. & Sr. football at St. Catharines Collegiate. He was drafted to the Hamilton Junior Wildcats in 1954 and In 1955/56 he played for the Tiger-Cat "B" Senior O.R.F.U team which won the Dominion of Canada Senior O.R.F.U. Championship in 1956. He spent the 1957 season on the Tiger-Cat roster as a HB and DB.
He was a long-time Alumni member and a representative of the Tiger-Cat Alumni Board of Directors as well as former President in 2015.

Football was always a passion for Glenn as long-time Tiger-Cat season ticket holder, volunteer football coach in the St. Catharines area and tireless volunteer for the Tiger-Cat alumni. He would always step forward to help with any Tiger-Cat Alumni event or activity.

 

PETE NEUMANN

The Hamilton Tiger-Cat Alumni is sad to announce the passing of Pete Neumann. Pete died on January 1st in his 89th year in St. Catharines.

Pete played Defensive End for the Tiger-Cats from 1951-64 and was a 9 – time Eastern All-Star, CFL All-Star in 1964 and played in 8 Grey Cups while winning 3. He was also an inductee of the Tiger-Cat Wall of Honour & Walk of Fame as well as an inductee of the Canadian Football Hall of Fame.

Pete started his football path by playing for his home town high school, St. Catharines Collegiate. At the age of 19 he was scouted and recruited by Carl Voyles who was the head coach of the Tiger Cats at that time. He also had the opportunity to sign with the Toronto Argonauts who were interested in him but Pete chose Hamilton instead. Pete not only made the team in 1951 he also started for the Black and Gold and ended up playing beside Ralph Sazio, who would be his coach one day

 

BOB STEINER

The HTCAA is sad to announce the passing of Bob Steiner. Bob passed away in his sleep on Feburary 25th at the age of 73.

Bob played Defensive Tackle for the Tiger-Cats from 1976 – 71 and was a member of the 1967 Grey Cup Championship team.

 

2019

 

MEL AULL

Mel Aull passed away on October 12th at the age of 90.  Mel played for the Hamilton Tiger-Cats, Ottawa Rough Riders and Saskatchewan Roughriders. He won the Grey Cup with the Rough Riders in 1951.

Aull was born in Hamilton, Ontario and played junior football with the Junior Hamilton Tigers. He was notable for being the only deaf player in Canadian football during his playing years. He lost his hearing at the age of 13 in 1942 after he contracted spinal meningitis after going swimming at a local pool. He practiced lipreading in absence of his hearing and was able to talk normally.
Mel was a hard-nosed Canadian lineman. mostly defensive.. and even though he played for a couple of other teams, he identified with the Tiger-Cats, given his roots.

ED CHALUPKA

Ed passed away on November 17th in Stoney Creek at the age of 72.

He was an offensive lineman for the Tiger-Cats from 1970 – 1976 and member of the 1972 Grey Cup Championship team. He was name east division all-star 3 times and was twice nominated as the teams most outstanding lineman.

He remained involved in football for many years after his Tiger-Cat career. First as President of the CFLPA from 1981 – 1986 and then as Managing Director of the Canadian Football Hall of Fame from 1987 to 1992. He then joined the CFL as VP of Football Operations from 1992 – 2005. 

BILL DANYCHUCK

The Hamilton Tiger-Cat Alumni Association is sad to announce the passing of Alumnus Bill Danychuk. Bill passed away Friday at the age of 79 after short battle with cancer.

Bill played for the Tiger-Cats from 1964 to 1975 and was an Eastern All-Star Offensive Lineman 5 times and CFL All-Star twice. He was also part of three Grey Cup Championship teams during his time with Hamilton. Bill was also inducted into the Tiger-Cats Wall of Honour.

Bill was born in Timmins before moving to Niagara-on-the-lake where his football career began in High School and then onto the University of Tennessee. After his Tiger-Cat career he had a very successful business career running Bazaar & Novelty.

BILL GRAHAM

The Hamilton Tiger-Cat Alumni Association is sad to announce the passing of Bill Graham. He died this past Wednesday at the age of 83. Bill played halfback for the Tiger-Cats in 1953 and 1957 – 60. He also played in 4 Grey Cup games with the Cats winning two, the first in his rookie year 1953 and also in 1957. He originally tried out and made the Tiger-Cats at the age of 17 right out of high school

BILLY RAY LOCKLIN

Billy Ray passed away on November 8th in Rockdale TX at the age of 83

Billy Ray played DE in the CFL for 10 seasons, Montreal 1961-64 and Hamilton 1965 -70. He was a 3-time CFL all-star, 5-time eastern all-star and 2-time Grey Cup Champion.

GORD McCOLMAN

Gord McColman passed away on October 14th in his 72nd year. Gord was a 3rd round draft pick of the Tiger-Cats from Waterloo Lutheran in in 1973. He played 14 games at DT for the Tiger-Cats in 1973.

FERN VIOLA

Fern Viola died Thanksgiving morning at St. Joseph's hospital after a long battle with kidney disease, just short of his 93rd birthday.

He was known as the iconic "Voice of Hamilton" and was especially celebrated for his stirring renditions of the national anthem at countless civic events, including Hamilton Tiger-Cats games and annual Remembrance Day services at Gore Park.

Viola sang the national anthem at the last Ticats game at the former Ivor Wynne Stadium in 2012 and the first game at the new Tim Hortons Field that opened two years later.

 

2018

 

GENE CEPPETELLI

Gene passed away on June 14th at the age of 78. Gene played Centre for 7 years in the CFL., including 5 with the Tiger-Cats (1963-67) where he was a member of the 63, 65 & 67 Grey Cup Champions.

HARRY LAMPMAN

Harry passed away on June 9th at the age of 87. Harry played 9 years in the CFL including 3 (1957-59) with the Tiger-Cats. He was a member of the 1957 Grey Cup Champion team.

WILLIAM "BILL" KYLE

William passed away at the age of 92 on February 21, 2018, surrounded by his family, at St. Peter's Hospital, Hamilton.

Bill played during the 1947 season for the Hamilton Tigers. In his later years, he became actively involved with his beloved Tiger-Cats. He and his wife Connie were married for 64 years and they were a fixture at Tiger-Cats games over the years, where Bill held season tickets for 65 years.

Bill was a member of the Hamilton Tiger-Cat Alumni Association executive for many years, which required him to appear at countless community events over the years. He became a tireless promoter of the Hamilton Tiger-Cats. Bill was always a true gentleman in everything he did and a pleasure to know. He will be sorely missed by all his friends in the football community.

GENE CEPPETELLI

Gene Ceppetelli passed away on June 14th at the age of 78. Gene played Centre for 7 years in the CFL, including 5 with the Tiger-Cats (1963-67) where he was a member of the 63, 65 & 67 Grey Cup Champions.

JOHN HOHMAN

John passed away on August 2nd at the age of 75. John played Guard for the Tiger-Cats from 1967 – 1973 and was a member of the 1967 and 1972 Grey Cup Champions. John was also a CFL All-Star in 1972.

HARRY LAMPMAN

Harry Lampman passed away on June 9th at the age of 87. Harry played “End” for 9 years in the CFL including 3 (1957-59) with the Tiger-Cats. He was a member of the 1957 Grey Cup Champion team.

JIM STYRES

Jim passed away on August 29th at the age of 88. He was a long-time member of the Alumni Association having played junior football with the Tiger-Cats from 1951-57.

ROGER YACHETTI

Lawyer Roger Yachetti passed away on September 16th at the age of 78. Roger assembled a consortium to purchase the Tiger-Cats in 1992 and was instrumental in rebuilding the team’s profile and base of support. He was chairman of the Tiger-Cats from 1992 to 1995, and also served as chair of the board and governor of the Canadian Football League.

 

2017

 

BERNIE CUSTIS

The HTCAA is sad to announce the passing of Bernie Custis on February 23rd at the age of 88.

Bernie was a star quarterback with Syracuse University and was selected by the Cleveland Browns in the 1951 National Football League draft. Told he would play safety with the Browns, he resisted the move and opted to sign with Hamilton.

He started every game at quarterback in his first season. He moved to running back the next season and in 1953 helped Hamilton win the Grey Cup championship game. Bernie finished his pro career as a running back with the Ottawa Rough Riders in the 1955-56 season.

He later coached at various levels including Burlington Braves of the Canadian Junior Football League, winning three Ontario championships and two Eastern Canadian titles. Over eight seasons as head coach of the McMaster Marauders he compiled a 31–23–1 record. He was named the OUAA Coach of the Year in 1982 and 1984 and was named CIAU Coach of the Year in 1982. He was inducted into the McMaster Athletic Hall of Fame in 2000.

He was inducted into the Canadian Football Hall of Fame in 1998 and in 2015 received the league commissioner’s award.

 

2016

 

DAVE LANE

Dave passed away suddenly on May 18th at the age of 65.

He was a long time Board member and former President of the Hamilton Tiger-Cat Alumni as well as a Board member and Secretary/ Treasurer of the CFLAA and a member of the Tigertown Council.

Dave was a star player at the University of Guelph and a Tiger-Cat player in 1975.

He will be remembered as a tireless worker helping to support the Tiger-Cat Alumni as well as many other causes in Hamilton in his position of Executive Director of the John Howard Society.

Dave volunteered hundreds of hours participating in events like the Alumni Food Drive and Tim Horton’s Camp Day. He was a leader in building support, recruiting sponsors and participants for events like the Annual Tiger-Cat Alumni Golf Tournament and Wall of Honour Dinner.

 

ELLISON KELLY

Ellison passed away on February 11that the age of 80.

Ellison played for the Tiger-Cats from 1960-1970 and was an 8- time Eastern All-Star, 4-time CFL All-Star as well as an inductee into the Canadian Football Hall of Fame and Wall of Honour.

Ellison lived in Hamilton and was a regular at Tiger-Cat events. He was very popular with fans and Alumni and will be fondly remembered.

 

2015

 

JOHN BARROW

John passed away on February 17, 2015 at the age of 79. John is considered one of the greatest Tiger-Cats of all-time. He has been inducted into the Canadian Football Hall of Fame and the Tiger-Cat Wall of Honour. John played 14 seasons with the Tiger-Cats (1957-70) and was a 4 time Grey Cup Champion and 6 time CFL All-Star. He played both Offensive and Defensive Tackle and was named to the All-Time Tiger-Cat team at both positions.

 

PETER MURPHY

Peter passed away on March 30, 2015 at the age of 77. Joe was a long-time member of the Alumni Association and played on the “Tiger-Cat B’s” in the late 50’s

 

JOE PIKULA

Joe passed away on April 26, 2015 at the age of 70 after a battle with cancer. Joe played Tackle for the Tiger-Cats in 1963/64 and was a member of the 1963 Grey Cup Championship team.

 

2014

 

Al BRUNO

Beloved "Players Coach" Al Bruno passed away on October 5th, 2014.

Al coached the Tiger-Cats from 1983-90 including 3 successive Grey Cup appearances and a Championship in 1986. Al was 87.

 

PAUL "PIGSKIN PETE" WEILER

Long-time "Cheerleader" Paul Weiler passed away on September 10th, 2014

Paul passed away at age 80. He performed his Oskee Wee Wee cheers on the sidelines from 1976-2006

 

WALT NIKORAK

Long time Alumni member Walk Nikorak passed away on June 22, 2014

As a young adult, sports became Walt's focus.  In 1951, he left Westdale High School to play junior football with the Hamilton Tiger Cats for 3 years and in was a member of the Dominion Junior Championship team that year.  In 1954 he joined the Hamilton Tiger Cats CFL team as Centre and wore number 45 until he was injured and forced to end his professional career in 1956.  He remained an active member of the Tiger Cats Alumni. 

 

THOMAS MOONEY

On June 20th, 2014, former Tiger-Cat Asst. Coach Thomas Mooney passed away.

Tom had a stellar coaching career at two Canadian universities, played briefly in the CFL, and was an assistant coach for Hamilton Tiger-Cats when they won the Grey Cup in 1972.

 

2013

ART DARCH

We are sad to announce the passing of Past Alumni President Art Darch, peacefully at his home on Tuesday, April 2nd at the age of 81. Art was an originating member of the Alumni and long-time member of the Executive Committee.

Art Darch was an excellent athlete, and besides playing football was a standout at Track & Field. Art actually turned down a Track & Field Scholarship at Michigan to play football. He joined the Tiger-Cats in 1952 and was quickly a starting Offensive Guard. He remained with the Tiger-Cats through the 1958 season. He missed the 1959 season due to injuries, but came back to play two seasons for the Toronto Argos in1960 and 1961.

Art was a tireless volunteer and in 2012 he was among the first recipients to receive the Hamilton Tiger-Cat Alumni Associations “Award of Distinction” for Recognition of His Outstanding Contribution To Community Groups and the HTCAA

 

LEN CHANDLER

Len (Pudge) Chandler, 79, of Cornelius, passed away peacefully on Sunday, March 10, 2013, at his home, surrounded by his family, after a brief battle with cancer.

Len had an active sports life in Brantford, Ontario. He was the Ontario Diving Champion, played HB, FLK for six years in the Canadian Professional Football League (Tiger-Cats 1958-60), and became the founding President of the Hamilton Tiger Cats Alumni. He was a member of the Brantford Sports Hall of Fame

 

BRUCE SMITH

Defensive lineman Bruce Smith, who earned a Grey Cup ring with the Hamilton Tiger-Cats before finishing his CFL career with the Toronto Argonauts, has died at the age of 63.

Smith had been diagnosed with pancreatic cancer.

The Texas native began his CFL career with Hamilton in 1972 and was a member of the Ticats' Grey Cup-winning squad that season.

Smith then spent time with Edmonton and Ottawa before arriving in Toronto in 1976.

He played four seasons with the Argos (1976-'79) before retiring.

2012

 

REG WHEELER


Known by many as Mr. Hamilton, Reg passed away on October 21st at the age of 93.


Born in Hamilton in 1918, he was well-known at Dofasco, where he worked 46 years and city Alderman for 28 years.


He was a member of the Hamilton Tigers in 1939 upon graduating from Westdale High School until the outbreak of WW II. He then joined the Hamilton Flying Wildcats in 1944 where he played as a defensive tackle until 1948.


He was an inaugural member of the Hamilton Tiger-Cat Alumni and long-time Board member of the Canadian Football Hall of Fame and its Induction Committee


In 2001, he was inducted into Hamilton’s Gallery of Distinction and in 2006, was one of 12 finalists for Greatest Hamiltonian.

 

ARCHIE WALLMAN

The Alumni are sad to announce the passing of member Archie Wallman on September 8th, in his 80th year. As a past member of the Hamilton Tiger-cats and a long standing alumnus, his presence on the 50-yard line at Ivor Wynne will be sorely missed


ANDY MARSHALL

Former HTCAA President Andy Marshall passed away on January 13th. Andy was born in Hamilton and played junior football with the Brantford Redskins before moving on to the CFL in the mid 50's with both Montreal and Ottawa.

 

BOB TORRANCE

QB Bob Torrance who spent the 1993 season with the Hamilton Tiger-Cats passed away on January 10th at the age of 43. Bob also played for the Calgary Stampeders and was well known for his accomplishments with the University of Calgary Dino's.

Alumni member and a member of the 1953 Grey Cup, Don Beatty has passed away. Don played Defensive End for the Tiger-Cats in 1952-53

 

2011

 

JOE RESTIC

Former Tiger-Cat Head Coach Joe Restic passed away on December 11th at the age of 85. Joe spent eight season as a coach for the Hamilton Tiger-Cats with the last three (68-70) as Head Coach. He was known as a coaching innovator, devising a complex offense known as the multiflex while in Hamilton before taking it to Harvard. Joe spent 23 years at Harward retiring as their longest tenured and winningest Head Coach of All-Time.

 

HAL PATTTERSON

Tiger-Cat great and Canadian Football Hall of Famer Hal Patterson passed away on November 21st at the age of 79 in his home state of Kansas.

Hal spent 7 years in a Tiger-Cat uniform, playing in 6 Grey Cups and winning 3. He was also a 3 time CFL All-star as a Tiger-Cat. In addition to being a Hall of Fame member, Hal was recognized on the Tiger-Cat Walk of Fame and voted as the 13th best player in the TSN Top 50 CFL All-time.

 

 

 

TOMMY GRANT

 
 

Tiger-Cat great and Canadian Football Hall of Famer Tommy Grant has also passed away at age of 76.

Tommy had been attending the Windsor Sports Hall of Fame dinner where he was taken to Windsor Hospital before being transported to London where he passed away on October 18th.

He spent 13 years in a Tiger-Cat uniform, playing in 9 Grey Cups and winning 4 of them. In addition to being a Hall of Fame member, Tommy was recognized on the Tiger-Cat Wall of Honour and Walk of Fame.

 

TOM MOULTON

Tom Moulton passed away at the age of 74 on August 25th. Moulton played defensive end with the Tiger-Cats during the 1960-61 seasons. Wacky stories were Moulton's trademark.

 

BOBBY KUNTZ

On February 7th,. Bobby Kuntz passed away at age 79.

Kuntz was a Ti-Cat fullback/linebacker with the Club from from 1962 to ’66. During that period, he helped the Cats to four straight Grey Cup appearances, with league championships in ’63 and ’65

 

BRONKO NAGURSKI

On March 8th Bronko Nugurski Jr. passed away at age 73.

Nagurski arrived in time for the 1959 season and played eight seasons for the Cats, including the ’63 ’65 and '67 Grey Cup winners, He was a CFL all-star in ’62 and ’65 at offensive tackle.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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