Toronto Argonauts Alumni Association

Our COVID-19 Preparedness and Support Commitment

(March 24, 2020) The mounting number of COVID-19 cases across the country represents a significant health and economic threat to businesses, communities and Canadians everywhere.  As an association, we are wholly committed to the health and well-being of our members and their families and our partners – and never more so than at this moment in time.

Acting on the guidance and precautionary measures of Canada’s Chief Public Health Officer, Dr. Theresa Tam, the Association has taken strong action to help slow down the spread of the virus.

As at March 19, 2020, the Toronto Argonauts Alumni Association decided to postpone its annual reunion until a later date.

After further deliberations, the Association is announcing the cancellation of its 2020 Annual Golf Tournament amid the coronavirus pandemic.

The challenges are complex, but we have a great deal of trust that we will continue to take care of each other and get through this together.

Be well, stay safe, and know that despite social distancing, the Double Blue family is always connected.

All-Time Roster: Now up-to-date!

If you ever played a single game for the Argos, you will find yourself on this list all the way from D.S. Abbott to Morris Zubkewych. Take a walk down memory lane…
Argo Alumni All-Time Roster

Postponed: 2020 Reunion

(Left to right) Bob Bronk, Zeke O’Connor and Dan Feraday yuk it up at the 2019 reunion.

Note: As at March 19, 2020, the Toronto Argonauts Alumni Association decided to postpone its annual reunion until a later date.

(February 10, 2020) The 2020, and 9th annual, edition of the Toronto Argonauts Alumni Association spring reunion will be held Friday, April 17 in the BMO Club Room at Gate 2 of BMO Field.

Arrival and reception are set for 5:30 with dinner to follow at 6:30 pm.

Please watch your emails for an evite, and an RSVP is appreciated!

Doug Flutie at Conn Smythe Dinner for Easter Seals Ontario

 

He was an Argo: Willie Wood

Willie Wood, who died Monday at age 83, broke the colour barrier for football coaches in the CFL and the World Football League.

(February 4, 2020 – Canadian Press) Dan Ferrone says he owes all of his CFL success to Willie Wood.

Wood, a former head coach of the Toronto Argonauts, died Monday of natural causes in Washington D.C. He was 83.

 Wood lasted less than two years as Argos head coach, but one of his decisions was to start Ferrone as a rookie guard in the 1981 season. The native of Oakville, Ont., not only went on to play 12 pro seasons — 11 with Toronto — but won two Grey Cups and was a five-time CFL all-star before being inducted into the Canadian Football Hall of Fame in 2013.

Full story at tsn.ca

He was an Argo: “Bud” Fowler

Bud Fowler

(January 18, 2019) The Toronto Argonauts Alumni Association is saddened to learn of the passing of former Argo Charles Percy “Bud” Fowler at Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre on Friday, January 10, 2020 at the age of 94. Bud grew up in New Toronto, served as a wireless air gunner in the Canadian Air Force as a young man and went on to enjoy a 39-year career with Bell Canada. Bud Fowler was a gifted athlete who played for the Argos from 1950-53 and was a valuable member of two Grey Cup championship winning teams including the famous 1950 Mud Bowl. Bud was also a dedicated coach to many aspiring athletes in the Etobicoke hockey and football community. In November 2018 Bud had the honour to be inducted into the Etobicoke Sports Hall of Fame in the Legends Athlete category. A Celebration of Life will be held for Bud at Lambton Golf & Country Club, 100 Scarlett Road, Toronto, on Saturday, February 1, 2020 between 1 and 4 p.m. As expressions of sympathy, donations to Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre Veterns K Wing would be appreciated. Online condolences at newediukfuneralhome.com

Bud Fowler obituary at legacy.com

He was an Argo: Earl “Bubba” Wilson

Canadian Football League Photo Archive

(December 16, 2019) The Toronto Argonauts Alumni Association is saddened to learn of the passing of former Argo defensive lineman Earl “Bubba” Wilson at the age of 61. Earl attended the University of Kentucky, played for the Argos from 1982-84 and was a member of the 1983 Grey Cup winning team. He joined the NFL San Diego Chargers from 1985-87.

Earl passed away November 24 in New Jersey.

Earl Wilson obituary

 

‘Tis the season for giving: Keith Kelly fund

(December 12, 2019) In 2015, one of our alumni brothers, Keith Kelly (Argo 1990-1991), passed away.  As a young father, he left behind Elizabeth, his wife and six children (ages 4-16). Their only son, Jackson plays basketball, which was one of Keith’s most precious times spent with him.  Keith devoted his time with his son’s sport, traveling to his elite games and practices as his five daughters kept themselves busy with Mom and each other.

Keith was the type of person who left an impression on everyone he met. His radiant smile, warm handshake, and generosity were a true inspiration.  He continues to be sadly missed.

After his playing days, life presented a number of challenges to Keith.  Keith did not have a will, and it took close to four years to settle Keith’s estate and transfer the ownership of the family home to Elizabeth.

More…

He was an Argo: Bill Bell

Bill Bell

 

The Toronto Argonauts Alumni Association is saddened to learn of the passing of Bill Bell at the age of 97.

“Billy” successfully tried out for the Argos following WWII, playing a variety of positions as a scat back, defensive back, punter and backup quarterback. His name is proudly displayed on the Grey Cup three times, winning consecutive championships in 1945, ’46 and ’47 with the Boatmen.

Bill Bell obituary at legacy.com

Spotted in Calgary: Two former… Argos?

Lubo Zizakovic (#98) sent this photo from the Grey Cup festivities in Calgary with some stellar CFL alumni including Paul Clatney (#29). Paul and Lubo must have forgotten their Argos jerseys at home.

It’s Grey Cup week, and here’s the Alumni spin

Winnipeg Blue Bombers head coach Mike O’Shea and Hamilton Tiger-Cats head coach Orlondo Steinauer during the CFL head coach press conference in Calgary ahead of the 107th Grey Cup, on Wednesday, Nov. 20, 2019. (Photo: Johany Jutras / CFL)

(November 21, 2019) When the Winnipeg Blue Bombers and Hamilton Tiger-Cats meet in Sunday’s Grey Cup, two former Argonaut defensive teammates will be on opposing sidelines. Mike O’Shea (Argos 1996-99, 2001-08) has been the Bombers head coach since 2014 and Orlondo Steinauer (Argos 2001-08) is in his first season as head coach of the Ticats.

He was an Argo: Norm Stoneburgh

Norm Stoneburgh player card

(October 27, 2019) The association is saddened to learn of the passing of Norm Stoneburgh. He passed away Thursday at the age of 84.

Norm was a former all-star center who played for the Toronto Argonauts (1955-1967), and was a longtime volunteer at the Scott Mission, St. Felix Centre, Evangel Hall and Dorothy Ley Hospice. He was selected as a member of the All-Time Argo depth chart in 2007.

Norm Stoneburgh obituary at legacy.com

Meet GM Pinball!

(October 8, 2019) Legendary Toronto Argonauts player and coach Michael (Pinball) Clemons has been named as the 20th General Manager of the Boatmen, replacing Jim Popp.

“I informed Jim yesterday afternoon that we do not plan to renew his agreement when it expires at the end of the year,” said Argos President Bill Manning. “To get a head start on the transition, Jim will relinquish his GM duties now but will remain available to assist our ownership and executive team through December 31st.”

In addition, John Murphy was named vice president of player personnel and will work closely with Clemons on the roster.

Clemons is one of the most legendary figures in Argonauts history and his contributions on the field and in the front office are countless. Known affectionately as “Pinball”, Clemons played twelve seasons in Double Blue where he was one of the most prolific players in Canadian Football League history, setting a league record for most combined yards all-time in the regular season with 25,438 yards while winning three Grey Cup championships as a player. He would serve twice as Head Coach of the Argos where he earned the second-most wins in team history with 67 while adding another Grey Cup championship in 2004. He also served as Argos team president from November 2001 to September 2002 and Chief Executive Officer of the team from December 2007 to November 2008 before being appointed Vice Chair of the team in May 2009, a role he has held since.

Full story on argonauts.ca

In memorium: Bob Kotzer

The association is saddened to learn of the passing of Bob Kotzer.

Robert “Bob”Kotzer

September 17, 1952 – September 5, 2019

Beloved husband of Gloria Piercey Kotzer

Loving father to Lauren Hayley Kotzer

Brother, Uncle, Cousin, Friend, Confidant, Colleague, Mentor

Celebration of Life
Thursday, October 3, 2019
4:30 – 7:30 pm
Argonaut Rowing Club, Toronto

Terry Greer is a Hall of Famer

Aug 9, 2019; Hamilton, Ontario, CAN; CFL Hall of Fame. Kevin Sousa

(Aug. 9, 2019) Legendary Toronto Argonauts wide receiver Terry Greer has been inducted by the Canadian Football Hall of Fame. Greer played in Toronto from 1980-85 when an overlapping CFL career created a memorable pass-catch tandem with quarterback Condredge Holloway, a fellow Hall of Famer. Terry went on to success in the NFL with Cleveland (1986), San Francisco (1987-89) and Detroit (1990). He won a Grey Cup with the Argos (1983) and two Super Bowls with the 49ers (1988 and 1989). Other members of that 1983 Argo team that won the first Grey Cup for the franchise since 1952 that are already in the Hall: President Ralph Sazio, Head Coach Bob O’Billovich, offensive lineman Dan Ferrone, Holloway and punter Hank Ilesic.

Greer was joined as a 2019 inductee by David Williams who played for five teams in the CFL from 1988 to 1995: the BC Lions in 1988-89, Ottawa Rough Riders in 1990, Edmonton Eskimos in 1991, the Argos in 1991-92 and Winnipeg Blue Bombers from 1993 to 1995. Williams was a member of the 1991 Grey Cup champion Argos squad.

Saluting Terry at his induction festivities at Hamilton’s Tim Hortons Field were former 1983 Argos Steve Ackroyd, Bob Bronk, Ferrone (who made the presentation), Hank Ilesic, Paul Pearson, Geoff Townsend, trainer Fred Dunbar and equipment manager Danny Webb.
Argos in the Hall of Fame
Finally the kid is in the hall (Hogan)
Canadian Football Hall of Fame

At the game: Wiltshire and Winters

(July 6, 2019) Kelly Witshire (Argos 1997-99) and Chuck Winters (Argos 2003-08) met fans at the Argo Shipyard on Saturday.

He was an Argo: Bill Myers

(April 26, 2019) Sadly the alumni association has learned of  the death of Bill Myers, who played for the Argos in 1945-46 (both Grey Cup seasons) and again in 1948. He will be missed by the love of his life and wife of 63 years, Janet (“Jenny” nee McNeil). He is survived by his children Lynn (Steve Doyle), Lee (Steve Brandt), Tracy (Myron Makepeace), son Brian and grandchildren Brian and Annie Brandt, Scott Doyle, Chloe and Kailen Makepeace.

Obituary on legacy.com

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