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Legendary sportscaster Bill Stephenson dies

Former legendary sportscaster Bill Stephenson has died. He was 85.

Stephenson’s deep voice, tremendous sports knowledge and joy at being a big Canadian sports fan made him a popular broadcast personality for decades.

Stephenson was born in 1929. At the age of 21, he started as a sportscaster at CKDA in British Columbia. He did the play-by-play announcing for the Victoria Cougars Hockey Team and became the sports director of CKWX in Vancouver.

He later moved to Toronto where he joined CFRB to become the sports director and play-by-play announcer for the Toronto Argonauts.

He was inducted into the Football Hall of Fame and was president of the CFL Football Broadcasters.

Bill covered the 1972 Canada-Soviet Union hockey series, dozens of Grey and Stanley Cups and professional soccer matches.

He was involved in several charities including Variety Club, Variety Village, the Hospital for Sick Children and the Canadian Association for Community Living.

Married for 66 years to his wife Louise, Stephenson has five children, nine grandchildren and several great grandchildren.

CORRECTION: An earlier version of this story incorrectly stated Stephenson’s year of birth and length of marriage.