Bill Sturrup, the voice of Hamilton sports, loses battle with cancer

The voice that was synonymous with the Hamilton sports scene is silent.

Bill Sturrup, who for more than 45 years, could be heard on 900 CHML, died Tuesday morning after a lengthy battle with cancer. He was 68.

Sturrup was not only the radio station’s prime sports reporter, he was also the voice behind many public address systems at professional and amateur sports events in Hamilton.

Anyone who attended Hamilton Bulldogs’ American Hockey League games at Copps Coliseum; Hamilton Cardinals or Thunderbirds of the Intercounty Baseball League at Bernie Arbour Stadium; Hamilton Junior Red Wings games at the Dave Andreychuk Mountain Arena; and in earlier years Hamilton Tiger-Cat games at Ivor Wynne Stadium, would have instantly recognize Sturrup’s voice.

And when he wasn’t announcing, the Dundas resident was involved in numerous community activities, including the CANUSA Games and as a member of the selection committee for the Golden Horseshoe Athlete of the Year.

In addition to being a sports reporter for CHML, Sturrup also covered news. He was well known – and liked – at the City of Hamilton Police Central Station where morning press briefings were held. This past weekend, the police department had dedicated the media room in his honour.

The Hamilton Bulldogs and the City of Hamilton in October dedicated the Copps’ press box in Sturrup’s name.

Sturrup was also an avid film buff – with an extensive collection of noteworthy movies and had been the president of the Toronto Film Society. His movie collection could only be rivaled by his 45 rpm collection.

When rumours began circulating the he was seriously ill, Sturrup bravely answered the whispers last fall and said fate would run its course.

He is survived by his wife, Kathy, children Debbie and Mike and three grandchildren.