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Original Stampeder passes away at age 92

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According to the Calgary Stampeders website on Saturday, Lionel Gundry-White passed away at the age of 92 on Sunday, July 20. Gundry-White, a halfback, was on the Stampeders pre-season roster in 1945 before joining the Canadian Navy.

Gundry-White was a long time supporter of the Calgary Stampeders. A native Calgarian, Gundry-White had attended the Stampeders' pre-season game, a 23-20 victory over the Winnipeg Blue Bombers on June 14, but collapsed in the stands.

The Stampeders played their first season with blue and gold colours and played in the Western Interprovincial Football Union according to Wikipedia. Calgary beat the Regina Roughriders in their inaugural season in a two game total point series 15-1 before losing to the Winnipeg Blue Bombers in the Western Interprovincial Football Union finals by a score of 9-6. The Blue Bombers would go on to lose to the Toronto Argonauts 35-0 in the Grey Cup final.

The funeral took place yesterday at the McInnis and Holloway Funeral Home at 5008 Elbow Drive SW. The major colour for the funeral was red, the current colour of the Calgary Stampeders.

In other Stampeders news, running back Jon Cornish, the Canadian Football League's most outstanding player and the reigning Lou Marsh Award winner as the Canadian athlete of the year, now has a new cereal and potato chip that is associated with his name. Cornish Flakes and RB-Q chips can be sold at Calgary Co-op stores. There are 24 Co-op locations throughout Calgary and area.

The Stampeders are currently the only unbeaten team in 2014. It is also the first time since 1996 that they have won their first four regular season games. In four games this season, they have outscored their opponents 99-52. Calgary next plays the British Columbia Lions at home on Friday. Game time at McMahon Stadium in Calgary is 8 p.m. and will follow the Montreal Alouettes and the Toronto Argonauts as part of the second game of a doubleheader.

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