Memorial Service Planned for Lancaster in Hamilton

"Little General" To Be Remembered at Monday Service
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In addition to the honours for Number 23 at this weekend's football games, the great Ron Lancaster will be remembered at a public memorial service in Hamilton.

Friday's Hall of Fame game at Hamilton's Ivor Wynne Stadium takes on special meaning with the death Thursday of Lancaster. The "Little General," in addition to quarterbacking the Roughriders to their first Grey Cup in 1966, coached championship teams in Edmonton and Hamilton. Most recently, Lancaster worked as an analyst on Hamilton's radio broadcasts.

Rick Zamperin, the play-by-play voice of the Tiger-Cats on Hamilton's AM900 CHML, says there will be a pre-game ceremony very similar to what the Riders are planning, with a moment of silence and a video tribute.  On Monday a Hamilton funeral home will host what's being called a commemorative gathering.

In lieu of flowers, Zamperin says the family is requesting donations be made to the place where Lancaster was being treated, the Juravinski Cancer Centre in Hamilton.

An online book of condolence can be signed at the link on this page.

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Ron Lancaster

Thanks for the memories Ron !

Tribute to Ron Lancaster

My first recollection of Ron Lancaster and the beginning of my identification with the Saskatchewan Roughriders was as an 11 year old boy in small town Saskatchewan in either 1963 or 1964. It was on a Fall night and I was supposed to be in bed sleeping. However, I had found my father’s transistor radio and had it hidden under my pillow while quietly listening to my first football game on the then CKCK 620 radio.

The Saskatchewan Roughriders were playing the Calgary Stampeders. I knew from over-hearing my father that we were in a two-game playoff game and after losing the first game by a large margin, hopes were slim that Saskatchewan would ever advance.

To this day, I can clearly remember the last half of the game and the feeling that somehow we were going to win this second game and the total point series. The “Little General” did win the game and series for us and so began my identification with the “Rider Nation”.

Ron Lancaster was the little guy from the small province that believed in bigger things – a generation of children at the time began to believe in bigger things as well. A Class Act and a fine role model.

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