Well Known Red Sox Broadcaster Jerry Remy Passes Away
According to WMTW, longtime Red Sox broadcaster Jerry Remy has succumbed to cancer at the age of 68.
Remy reportedly passed away on Saturday night, just shy of his 69th birthday - which would have been on November 8th.
Remy had spent much of the last decade battling cancer. He was first diagnosed with cancer in 2008 and had fought the disease seven times including this most recent bout of lung cancer.
It appears this most recent diagnoses came after a June incident where he experience shortness of breath. During that incident, he was admitted to Mass General, but returned to the broadcast booth just a few days later.
Despite battling the disease multiple times, he had worked until recently. He stepped away from broadcasting in early August to undergo lung cancer treatment.
The last time he appeared in public was on October 5th when he threw out the ceremonial first pitch at the American League Wild Card Game against the New York Yankees.
Remy was born in Fall River, Massachusetts on November 8th, 1952. He grew up in the nearby town of Somerset. Remy attended Somerset High School and went on to attend Roger Williams University in Rhode Island.
A second baseman, Remy was drafted by the Senators, but never signed with the team. He was signed as a free agent by the California Angels, and played three seasons for them. Remy was traded to the Red Sox in 1977. Over the next seven seasons, he played in over 700 games for the team.
He started his broadcast career with NESN in 1988.
Remy is survived by his wife and three children.
A few years ago, Remy visited Bangor. Here's video of that event.