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Memorable Manitobans: Raymond Bernard “Ray” Ash (c1937-2016)

Football player.

Born to parents Bert and Irene Ash, he attended Gordon Bell High School where he played on the football team. His Canadian Football League career spanned from 1959 to 1965, during which time he played in Regina, Winnipeg, and Edmonton. He was on the Winnipeg Blue Bombers roster when they won the Grey Cup in 1961 and again in 1962. For his achievements as a player he was inducted into the Winnipeg High School Football Hall of Fame in 2008. In 1994, the 1961 Winnipeg Blue Bombers team was inducted into the Manitoba Sports Hall of Fame.

He later became the assistant coach of the University of Manitoba Bisons, the first team to win two Interuniversity Athletic Union Vanier Cups in 1969 and 1970. In 1998, the 1969 and 1970 University of Manitoba Bisons were inducted into the Manitoba Sports Hall of Fame. He also had a long and successful career working for Manitoba Hydro, serving as the head of Human Resources for a time. After retirement, he was elected as the President of the Hyline Credit Union.

He died at Winnipeg on 24 May 2016.


Obituary, Winnipeg Free Press, 28 May 2016.

The mighty and the colourful,” Winnipeg Free Press.

Hall of Fame, Winnipeg High School Football League.

1961 Winnipeg Blue Bombers, Manitoba Sports Hall of Fame.

1969 & 1970 University of Manitoba Bisons, Manitoba Sports Hall of Fame.

This page was prepared by Mallory Light.

Page revised: 13 January 2017

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