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Scranton Bob

Bob Scranton
Sport: Curling
Year Inducted: 1996

Bob Scranton has been an organizer, promoter, and successful Cornwall curler for 35 years.

At the Cornwall Curling Club, Scranton has skipped teams to victory in many bonspiels. He has seven victories in the Annual Closing Bonspiel, the latest in 2002. Scranton has six men’s club Championships under his belt, three playing at third and three as skip. The other major club bonspiels, the Opening Bonspiel, the Turkey Bonspiel, and the Mixed Club Championship have all been won by Scranton.

Scranton enjoyed success in mixed curling capturing the Lancaster Invitational on six different occasions plus he skipped his team to the Canadian Branch Lady Gilmour Championship round on five occasions.

In 1986, 1988, and 1990, Scranton skipped one of the teams to the Championship finals of the men’s double team Canadian Branch Governor Generals event. On two other occasions, one with Larry Benoit as the second skip and once with Bill Dickie, they captured the Governor Generals Championship.

Scranton also enjoyed considerable success in the quest for the Quebec Challenge Cup. He paired with Bill Dickie to capture the cup in Danville, Quebec in 1973 and then defended for 14 succesive challenges from other curling clubs in Eastern Ontario and Quebec. Scranton was again one of the skips when the cup was captured in 1985 and succesfully defended another eight times. He was one of the skips that brought the cup back from Shawville in 1991.

A long time participant in many area bonspiels, Scranton has wins in the Brockvllie Men’s Open, the Lancaster Fisherman’s, the Brownsburg Men’s Open, and the Valleyfield 24 hour.

Scranton threw second rocks for Bill Dickie in Provincial Seniors play in 1999 losing out in the Provincial semi-final.

Always a promoter of curling in the area, Scranton was Cornwall Club President in 1979. The Annual Closing Bonspiel has been run by Scranton for over 30 years. During his year as President, the popular Senior Curling Program was started.

High School and Junior Curling have played a major role in his contributions. He convened the OFSAA Girls Provincial playdowns in 1979, and was in charge of all scoring at the World Junior Championships in 1984. He coached his CCVS High School girl’s team to the Provincial finals in 1986.

In 1981 and 1991, Scranton was honored as the Lion’s Club “Curler of the Year”. An avid baseball card collector Bob co-hosted Prime Time Sports with Thom Racine on Rogers and later Cogeco television for 17 years.