Ticats Mourn The Loss Of Ken Kilrea

Ticats Staff
Ticats Staff
January 24, 2008

After a long battle with cancer, former Hamilton Tiger-Cat Ken Kilrea has passed away at the age of 67.

Kilrea spent five seasons in Black and Gold, including being a part of the 1963 Grey Cup winning team.

Although his natural athleticism allowed him to excel at several sports, it was his passion for football that won out, leading him to the CFL.

He will be forever remembered by his Ticats teammates as an independent and uninhibited character.

“He drove Ralph Sazio nuts,” recalls Kilrea’s former roommate Angelo Mosca, with a laugh. “Ralph just couldn’t grasp Kenny. He was a free spirit and Ralph definitely was not.”

Mosca and Kilrea developed a close friendship during his time in Steel town.

“I don’t know what it was, if it was more of me giving him advice, because he’s about five years younger than me, which is a big gap back then when you’re that age,” said Mosca, who kept in touch even after their playing days had come to an end.

“I went down to see him in August of this past year and he wasn’t doing very well,” said Mosca sadly. “He had been sick for about a year and a half, but he was a great guy and we had a lot of laughs together. I’ll always remember the those things about him.”