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Bobby Kuntz
Date of birth: (1932-01-10)January 10, 1932
Place of birth: Detroit, Michigan
Date of death: February 7, 2011(2011-02-07) (aged 79)
Place of death: Waterloo, Ontario
Career information
Status: Retired
CFL status: Non-import
Position(s): LB
Height: 5 ft 11 in (1.80 m)
University: McMaster
Organizations
 As player:
19561961
19621966
Toronto Argonauts
Hamilton Tiger-Cats
Career highlights and awards
CFL All-Star: 1964
CFL East All-Star: 1957, 1962, 1964
Awards: 1957, 1961 - Lew Hayman Trophy

Robert John "Bobby" Kuntz Sr. (January 10, 1932[1] – February 7, 2011) was a professional Canadian football linebacker who played eleven seasons in the Canadian Football League for the Toronto Argonauts and the Hamilton Tiger-Cats. He was a part of the Tiger-Cats 1963 and 1965 Grey Cup winning teams.

Kuntz's football career began [2] when he moved from Cleveland to Kitchener, Ontario. He was discouraged by football coaches in Cleveland, but at St. Jerome's High School he found Clem Faust, a coach willing to support his desire to play. After playing for McMaster University in Hamilton, and a senior football team in Ontario, he was signed by the Argonauts in 1955 to play his first full season in the CFL. Ten years later, his older brother David died and he was forced with a difficult decision: to return home to join the family electroplating business, or to continue playing football. His decision to return home was short-lived, after only a few months he was coaxed out of retirement by Jim Trimble, coach of the Argo's main rival, the Hamilton Tiger-Cats.

During his time in the CFL, Bobby was a fan favourite, particularly in his home town of Kitchener-Waterloo, Ontario. Upon his return home after retirement, and rejoining the family business, he become heavily involved in the community.[3] Bobby was a founding member of St. Francis Assisi Parish, and involved with St. Mary's General Hospital Foundation, Mosaic Counselling and Family Services, the United Way, the Congregation of the Resurrection and St. Jerome's University.

Kuntz was the co-owner of the family's surface finishing company Kuntz Electroplating. He was involved with the business from his retirement in 1966 from football until shortly before his death along with his brother Paul who predeceased him in early 2011.[4] Bobby was diagnosed with Parkinson's disease in 2000, and lived in nursing homes in the last years of his life.[5]

On February 7, 2011, Kuntz died due to complications from Parkinson's disease at the age of 79 in Waterloo, Ontario, surrounded by his wife and children.[6]

ReferencesEdit

  1. [1]
  2. Kuntz Electroplating Website with history of Robert Kuntz: http://www.kuntz.com/bobbykuntz.cfm
  3. The Record article, Bobby Kuntz was a champion everywhere. 09 February 2011 http://www.therecord.com/opinion/editorial/article/483269--bobby-kuntz-was-a-champion-everywhere
  4. Bobby (Robert Kuntz) as honoured by the Waterloo Region Museum's Hall of Fame. http://waterlooregionmuseum.com/region-hall-of-fame/inductees---j-to-l.aspx
  5. The Globe and Mail article: Former CFL star Bobby Kuntz dead at 79 by James Christie. Feb 07, 2011. http://www.theglobeandmail.com/sports/football/former-cfl-star-bobby-kuntz-dead-at-79/article1897824/
  6. "CFL mourns the loss of Bobby Kuntz". Canadian Press. 7 February 2011. Archived from the original on 7 February 2011. http://www.webcitation.org/5wKxdFaNl. Retrieved 7 February 2011.

External linksEdit

  • Kuntz.com Kuntz Electroplating - History of Bobby Kuntz and the CFL
  • [2] Waterloo Region Museum Hall of Fame Inductees List
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