Toronto - The Toronto Argonauts are saddened to announce that longtime stadium announcer Marc Chambers passed away on Friday, May 2. Mark had been courageously fighting cancer since being diagnosed in July 2006.
Chambers’ longtime friend and Argo Alumni Mike Campbell reminisced, “From the first day I met Marc, I could tell that he had a real enthusiasm, interest and love of the game. We were fortunate to have him as our announcer and I was fortunate, later on, to work with him in the booth. He bled double blue and was as much a part of the team as the players - we’ll miss him.”
Campbell continued, “The 1991 Grey Cup parade at city hall is one of my fondest memories of Marc. Having him call us up one at a time and introduce us to the hometown crowd, then listening for the applause and excitement is a moment I’ll never forget.”
Marc originally became the in-stadium voice of the Argonauts in 1989 and was immediately embraced by fans and players. His majestic voice and familiar calls brought excitement to every play and could easily summon the crowd to their feet. He was there when names like Rocket Ismail and Michael ‘Pinball’ Clemons took the field for the first time, and when legendary receiver Terry Greer was honoured as an All-Time Argo. Marc called home games during two Grey Cup seasons (1991 & 2004) and made the call when Damon Allen achieved 70,000 passing yards.
Lori Bursey, President of the Argonauts’ Fan Club - Friends of the Argonauts - remarked, “Marc hosted our very first major fan club event in 1991 at Wayne Gretzky's with the same enthusiasm he had for the Argos as he had for life. He had a wonderful relationship with players and fans alike, and it carried over throughout the years, even to today.
Marc was not only a person who embraced people physically, he embraced them emotionally when he met them. There was never a time that Marc did not have a smile on his face and a positive outlook toward everything around him.
Marc touched more lives than he was ever aware. He will be forever missed by all of us not only for his early Jumbotron halftime shows and distinctive voice on the PA system in the Dome for many years, but more importantly, for his loving, caring nature. You will be sadly missed, Marc.”
Marc’s talent transcended the roar of the stadium into the corporate and media world as well. He was the voice of The Weather Network, airlines, radio, pay-per view shows, commercials, television shows and many other mediums.
Marc Chambers, you will be missed by the entire Argonauts family.
Family, friends and fans are invited to pay their respects on Wednesday, May 7, 7p.m. to 9 p.m. at the Humphrey Funeral Home, 1403 Bayview Avenue in Toronto. Donations can be made to the Princess Margaret Hospital Foundation to conquer cancer.