RIP Bobby

Today President of the BC Lions Bob Ackles suffered a heart attack and passed away. The CFL has just lost a great man.

All thoughts and prays are extended to the Ackles family and the Lions Family.

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The Canadian Football League has lost one of its biggest supporters.

Bob Ackles, an integral member of the B.C. Lions for more than 50 years died of a heart attack early Sunday morning. He was 69-years old.

Wow.... I thought that when you posted this that it was some kind of sick joke........

That's a huge loss for not only the Lions but the entire CFL.

Sad. Prayers to the family.

This is a huge loss, from the CFL point of view, football in North America and of course the personal aspect.

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Oh this is a terrible loss to the league, to football in general and to Canada.

He'll be very sorely missed.

Sincere condolences to his family.

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What an enormous loss for the BC Lions, the CFL and the entire province.

No one has meant more to the BC Lions and the work he did to turn the franchise around in the last five years was remarkable.

Condolences to the Ackles family and the entire BC Lions organization.

R.I.P.

Condolences to the Lions and the Ackles family. Definitely a class act! Loyal supporter of the CFL!! He will be misssed. Don't be suprized if an Executive of the Year award gets named for Ackles!

...terrible news, condolences to the Ackles family, Bob was a passionate voice for the league, he will be greatly missed...

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I would to send my condolences to the Ackles family. All our prayers go out to their friends and family. Bobby will be missed by everyone. He was the consummate gentleman in all his dealings with the public.

Wow. Huge loss for the Lions and the entire CFL. Condolences to friends and family.

That is terrible the man meant so much to the CFL no to mention his family my sincerest condolences to his family.

This is indeed an awful loss, this man loved our game and he will be missed. Both the CFL and the Lions have just suffered a terible blow. Condolences to his family and friends.

As someone who knew Bobby for the best part of forty years to say I am saddened and shocked by his sudden passing would be a gross understatement.

Most CFL fans are familar with Bobby's accomplishments and successes with the CFL and NFL but few may know of his amazing work in support of amateur football and the community at large.

When I first met Bobby he was the amateur football coordinator for the Lions and was instrumental in starting the BC Lions Development Camp which has since become the Senior Bowl.

His energy and commitment to amateur football never waned over the years and about threee or four years ago he created the Orange Helmet Awards and dinner to honor the accomplishments of amateur football players and coaches from all levels of amateur football. Co-incidently, all the funds raised from the dinner go directly to help fund amateur football programs.

Whenever Bobby was asked to help at an amateur football fund raiser he always made himself available. He really never forgot his roots as a kid growing up in Vancouver. He always gave back to his community.

I don't have the words to adequately eulogize Bobby.....I am sure there will be many better than I can provide. Suffice it say that our heartfelt condolences and prayers go to Kay and the boys.

Bobby, you were a very special guy and I and all your friends are going to miss you terribly.

Rest in Peace my friend.

As someone who knew Bobby for the best part of forty years to say I am saddened and shocked by his sudden passing would be a gross understatement.

Most CFL fans are familar with Bobby's accomplishments and successes with the CFL and NFL but few may know of his amazing work in support of amateur football and the community at large.

When I first met Bobby he was the amateur football coordinator for the Lions and was instrumental in starting the BC Lions Development Camp which has since become the Senior Bowl.

His energy and commitment to amateur football never waned over the years and about threee or four years ago he created the Orange Helmet Awards and dinner to honor the accomplishments of amateur football players and coaches from all levels of amateur football. Co-incidently, all the funds raised from the dinner go directly to help fund amateur football programs.

Whenever Bobby was asked to help at an amateur football fund raiser he always made himself available. He really never forgot his roots as a kid growing up in Vancouver. He always gave back to his community.

I don't have the words to adequately eulogize Bobby.....I am sure there will be many better than I can provide. Suffice it say that our heartfelt condolences and prayers go to Kay and the boys.

Bobby, you were a very special guy and I and all your friends are going to miss you terribly.

Rest in Peace my friend.

So sudden, and so sad to hear this terrible news. The world will miss Mr. Ackles, not just the league.

Great tribute.

Without a doubt it's a huge loss to the Lions and the football community in B.C.

Many people in and outside the BC Lions will need to step up to continue the tremendous legacy Mr. Ackles has left behind.