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In Memoriam: Bob Vespaziani 1935-2018
VESPAZIANI: Robert “Bob” Amedeo
Passed away peacefully on Saturday January 20, 2018. Loved and missed by his wife Sheila and by his children Robert “Bob” (Franca) of Toronto, Michael (Debbie) of Denver, Colorado, Lori Beck (Jeff) of White Rock, B.C., Joseph of Everett, Washington and Jennifer Vespaziani-Grant (Matt) of White Rock, B.C. Loving grandfather of Uma, Leni, Kali, Jade, Julian, Miles, Remy, Camlin, Vander, Kaya and great grandchildren Alexia Sophia, Emma Rosalee and Aida June. Predeceased by his parents.
A funeral service will be held at THE HENDREN FUNERAL HOMES, LAKEFIELD CHAPEL, 66 Queen Street, Lakefield on Friday January 26, 2018 at 1:00 PM. Memorial donations may be made to St. Elizabeth Healthcare or Hospice Peterborough as expressions of sympathy and may be made by contacting the funeral home at http://www.hendrenfuneralhome.com or by calling 705-652-3355.
STAMPEDERS MOURN DEATH OF BOB VESPAZIANI
The Calgary Stampeders are mourning the death of Bob Vespaziani and released this statement on Monday:
It is with great sadness the Stampeders learn of the death of former head coach Bob Vespaziani. He passed away on Saturday in Lakefield, Ont., with family – including his wife Sheila – at his side.
Vespaziani joined the Stamps in 1986 after eight seasons as an assistant coach with Winnipeg and BC. He guided the Stamps to a 13-13 regular-season record in his 26 games on the sidelines and, in 1987, he added Wally Buono to the Calgary coaching staff.
Buono later became the Stamps’ head coach and in 1995 he hired Vespaziani for what would prove to be a five-year stint as defensive line coach. Vespaziani was part of the Stamps’ Grey Cup-championship team in 1998 and also won championships with Winnipeg in 1984 and with BC in 1985.
“Bob had a great sense of humour and he was loved both by his fellow coaches and the players,” said Stampeders president and general manager John Hufnagel, who served with Vespaziani on the Stamps coaching staff in 1995 and 1996. “He will be missed and, on behalf of the Stampeders organization, I offer deepest condolences to his family and friends.”
Prior to coming to the CFL, Vespaziani – a native of Bronx, N.Y., who grew up in the Boston area – served as head coach of the Acadia Axemen and he returned to the Canadian ranks later in his career, serving as an assistant coach at Queen’s and Carleton.
Queen's Athletics & Recreation mourns the loss of Bob Vespaziani
Former Gaels football defensive assistant coach and 2009 Vanier Cup champion Bob Vespaziani passed away January 20 in Lakefield with his family at his side.
Vespaziani was the defensive coach working with the defensive line with the Gaels for the better parts of 2008 through to 2014. He was a
member of the historic 2009 coaching staff that saw the Gaels win the Yates and Vanier Cups - his first Vanier Cup title. Most recently,
Vespaziani returned to the sidelines as a defensive assistant with the Carleton Ravens.
Vespaziani amassed an extensive coaching resume, he was a defensive consultant for six years with the Saskatchewan Roughriders and was no stranger to the CFL. He coached with such clubs as Calgary, Winnipeg, and B.C. appearing in the Grey Cup seven times and winning three
Before the CFL, he spent 10 seasons at Acadia University and was inducted into the Acadia Hall of Fame as a Coach and Builder.
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