CFLdb remembers the 7 individuals that left us in 1979. This page includes all individuals in the database who are known to have passed away in 1979 no matter what team or league affiliation or role they had. This includes individuals that are not associated with official CFL history. All had a contribution to the history of our game, and we acknowledge and remember them here.

  • Garbarino, Al “Gabby” July 13, 1921 — July 31, 1979
    • Player

  • Henry, Urban June 7, 1935 — Feb. 11, 1979
    • Player, All-Star

  • Lear, Les “Butch” Aug. 22, 1918 — Jan. 5, 1979
    • Player, All-Star, Grey Cup Champion, Head Coach, Hall of Fame Member

  • Obeck, Vic March 28, 1917 — April 21, 1979
    • Head Coach

  • Ryan, Joe April 11, 1902 — June 2, 1979
    • Hall of Fame Member

  • Smith, Doug c. 1920 — April 9, 1979
    • Hall of Fame Member

  • Welch, Huck Dec. 12, 1907 — May 15, 1979
    • Player, All-Star, Grey Cup Champion, Hall of Fame Member