Canadian Broadcasting Legend Bob Cole Remembered at Newfoundland Funeral

Bob Cole, the legendary Canadian sportscaster, was remembered at a funeral service in St. John's, Newfoundland and Labrador, after passing away at 90. Friends, family, and colleagues paid tribute to his iconic broadcasting style and immense contributions to hockey.

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Canadian Broadcasting Legend Bob Cole Remembered at Newfoundland Funeral

Canadian Broadcasting Legend Bob Cole Remembered at Newfoundland Funeral

The hockey world gathered in St. John's, Newfoundland and Labrador on Friday to pay tribute to Bob Cole, the legendary Canadian sportscaster who passed away last week at the age of 90. A funeral service was held at St. Thomas' Anglican Church, where friends, family, and colleagues remembered Cole's iconic broadcasting style and immense contributions to the sport.

Cole's broadcasting career spanned over 50 years, with his most notable work being his play-by-play commentary on "Hockey Night in Canada." He called numerous historic games, including the 1972 Summit Series on radio, the 1976 game in Philadelphia when the Soviet Red Army players left the ice in protest, and the 2002 Olympic final in Salt Lake City when Canada ended its 50-year Olympic gold medal drought.

Ron MacLean, Cole's longtime colleague on "Hockey Night in Canada," delivered a heartfelt eulogy at the service. "A good friend is somebody who will always tell you things you don't want to hear, and Bob would always do that," MacLean said. He added, "They will embolden you to become the person you were born to be, and he definitely did that for me. Even to the last Saturday, four days before Bob passed, he says, 'You're doing a great job.'"

Former Newfoundland and Labrador premier Danny Williams spoke about the pride Cole brought to hishome province. "Bob gave us a special international reputation... He was highly respected, his voice was iconic .... He's our hometown boy, we took great pride every time he called a game,"Williams said.

Cole was known for his signature wit, passion, and "Oh baby!" exclamations, making him a giant in Canadian broadcasting and one of the most admired voices in hockey. He was a dedicated Newfoundlander, refusing to move away from his home province despite his bosses' requests. His daughter, Megan Cole, has spoken about her father's deep roots and love for his hometown of St. John's.

Bob Cole'spassingmarks the end of an era in Canadian sports broadcasting. His iconic voice, unparalleled passion for hockey, and enduring legacy will forever be remembered by fans across the country. As tributes continue to pour in, it is clear that Cole's impact extended far beyond the broadcast booth, leaving an indelible mark on the sport he loved so dearly.

Key Takeaways

  • Bob Cole, legendary Canadian sportscaster, passed away at 90.
  • Cole's 50-year broadcasting career included iconic "Hockey Night in Canada" commentary.
  • He called historic games, including the 1972 Summit Series and 2002 Olympic final.
  • Cole was known for his signature wit, passion, and "Oh baby!" exclamations.
  • His passing marks the end of an era in Canadian sports broadcasting.