Visitation set for Bob Chase

Chance to say goodbye to a legend at center ice

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If you grew up here, you knew the voice.

Heck, if you grew up elsewhere you maybe knew it, too, even if that elsewhere was in places like Vermont, North Carolina, Michigan or as far up north as Canada.

For 63 years, Bob Chase called Komet hockey games for WOWO — his voice becoming iconic as it was beamed far and wide throughout the eastern part of the country, even inspiring some of the best announcers in today’s NHL.

Tuesday, fans will have one last chance to say goodbye to Chase, who died at the age of 90 on Thanksgiving.

A visitation will be held at center ice in the Memorial Coliseum, where Chase called so many games, from 2 p.m. to 8 p.m. A private ceremony will follow the visitation. Anyone interested in making a memorial donation can do so to the Honor Flight, Fort Wayne Youth Hockey and WOWO Penny Pitch.

Chase came here from Michigan in 1953 and became a mainstay in the community, a comforting voice every winter as the Fort Wayne Komets vied for championships in the old International Hockey League, the United Hockey League, the Central Hockey League and the ECHL.

 

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