Winnipeg Blue Bombers mourn death of former coach Urban Bowman

WINNIPEG – The Winnipeg Football Club lost one of their longtime former coaches on Sunday.

In a statement released by the team the Bombers extended their sympathies to the family of Urban Bowman. According to the team he passed away earlier on Sunday.

“Everyone in the Blue Bombers family is deeply saddened by this news.” Bombers president and CEO, Wade Miller, said in a statement.

“Urban was a great ambassador for our game and for Canadian football in Winnipeg and Manitoba. Our thoughts and prayers are with his family at this time,”

Bowman first joined the organization as a defensive line and special teams coach in 1985. After four seasons in Winnipeg, Bowman was hired by the Ottawa Rough Riders but he returned to the Bombers in 1991. The next year Bowman was promoted to interim head coach after Cal Murphy underwent a heart transplant surgery. He led the Bombers to an 11-7 record and a berth in the 80th Grey Cup where they would lose to the Calgary Stampeders.

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Upon Murphy’s return in 1993 Bowman went back to his old position as defensive line and special teams coach. Bowman was hired as the Hamilton Tiger-Cats assistant coach in 1995, but returned to the Bombers in 2004 as a special teams coach.

“Beyond coaching football, Urban was also a teacher and became a Canadian citizen in 1995.” Miller said. “He loved the CFL and the people of the league and he will be missed dearly.”

The team didn’t release the cause of death. Bowman was 80 years old.

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