Sad news. Jake Gaudaur passed away today.
BURLINGTON, Ont. — One of the CFL’s most influential commissioners has died.
Jake Gaudaur died of cancer Tuesday morning at the age of 87, his daughter Diane said.
Born Jacob Gill Gaudaur on Oct. 5, 1920 in Orillia, Ont., he spent time in the CFL as a player, executive and commissioner, a career spanning more than 40 years.
“He was a very modest man so he never spoke of his accomplishments,? said Diane Gaudaur. “He was a very quiet man, very humble.
“He was certainly proud of his involvement with the CFL at all levels, even back to the early days.?
He played for the Hamilton Tigers (1940-1941, 1948-1949), Toronto Argonauts (1941), Toronto RCAF Hurricanes (1942), Toronto Indians (of the Ontario Rugby Football Union, 1945-’46), Montreal Alouettes (1947), Hamilton Tiger-Cats (1950-1951, 1953). He won Grey Cups as a player with the Hurricanes as well as his final season with the Ticats in ‘53.
He served as a director with the Ticats in ‘52 and was the club’s president and general manager from 1956 to ‘67.