Windsor Rugby Hall of Fame
Gerry came to us from Manchester, England. He is the face of Windsor Rugby, first as a founding member with the new Blackrock RFC in 1965, continuing as a player, player coach, coach, and executive member through many years. Gerry is the from the 'old school' of rugby where the clubs is the home for not just the game players but the whole family.
Gerry Frain (2010)
Mike, a Welshman, came to Windsor in 1964 because of the boom in the auto industry. He was looking for rugby when he joined a group to create the Blackrock RFC in 1965. He would later become a referee and help grow the fledgling sport in both Southern Ontario and Michigan. He would step in as a coach, president or bus driver when he was needed.
Mike was a colourful character and will be missed (1933-2019).
Mike O'Brien (2010)
Billy is another example of those great rugby personalities. The British ex-pat loved his rugby and the socials even more! He played front row as a hooker and never backed down.
He is remembered by all for his toughness on the field, and off (1935-2012).
Billy Rutter (2010)
After a season playing mens football, Mike was introduced to Windsor RFC in 1986. The ex-linebacker found the defensive side of the game easy but admitted to a learning curve while running with a ball. After a few years in Windsor, Mike had the opportunity to play university rugby at Western where he perfected his craft. In 1988 he joined the executive boards and has altered roles wherever needed. He has been involved with Windsor Rugby for over 35 years and continues to help out.
Michael Park (2014)
In the 1980s Windsor had two clubs, the Borderers RC and the Anglos. Most joined the Borderers because of their winning ways but Shaun decided to become an Anglo. His low center of gravity and passion for winning changed the momentum for the Anglos. He quickly became a fan favourite and nemsis for opposing centers. He has been around Windsor Rugby for over 30+ years and has had two long stints as WRFC President. Shaun's dedication to Windsor Rugby is immeasruable.
Shaun Cushing (2014)
One of the first players recruited to play rugby in Windsor without previous rugby experience. Brian joined in 1973 until ending a gradual playing retirement in 1993, but continued to stay active giving guidance to the next generation of executive. He was directly responsible for the incorporation of the club in his final term as president.
Brian also loved socials as he was often the choirmaster of his team, and organized multiple tours including three seperate tours to Texas.
Brian Cartier (2016)
Known to everyone as 'ToZ', this larger than life personality came out to play rugby after a very successful career as an AKO linebacker. His combination of speed and toughness cemented a WRFC team in the early '90s as a team that never went backwards win or lose on the scoreboard. He was often known in the league as "The player from Windsor".
Akos took over as president in the mid '90s and was part of the exectutive that adopted the nickname "Rogues".
Akos Tozser (2016)
A strong personality in her own right, Shauna saw no reason why women should sit on the sidelines while guys had all the fun. Shauna decided to start the first ever women's rugby team in Windsor. While only able to play a few years before a career and new family necessitated an 'early' retirement from the game, it is her leadership and passion that lead to a decade of women's teams in Windsor. Several of the ladies Shauna recruited would play high level rugby in Ontario or Detroit.
Shauna Tozser (2016)
Keith was another Britrsh tradesman from the 1960s that got the game started in Windsor. "Lordy" was an extremely hard hitting player who loved the game and his teammates. In conversations with him, he will often tell you about the great players Windsor has had but but never mentions himself.
Despite being hit by a car in his 70s (the car lost), you can see Keith cheering on the Rogues a most Windsor home games.
Keith Lord (2017)
Jamie prowled the backrow of the scrum through the 1970s through the late '80s when his back injuries from a career in firefighting led him to gracefully step aside to an incoming generation. Jamie has held most of the executive positions of one type or another during his playing career and followed up with a referee career almost as long. He first started as the 'Sir' in Southwest Rugby and then joined the Michigan Rugby Referee Society. Jamie can still be seen cheering the Rogues and is willing to help out where needed.
Jamie Wheeler (2017)
The former running back was often the best athlete on the pitch during his playing days (1970s and 80s). Gary introduced himself to the younger generation when he came back for an inter-squad friendly and broke the arm of their then, star winger. He took the ball off the kick-off and headed straight over the winger showing a flashback of his golden years.
Gary also held all the support roles of the club executive during his career and can still be counted upon when neeed.
Gary Meloche (2017)
Dave 'Thumbs" Tremblay played from 1981-1999 highlighted by the NRU championship of 1996. The former Tight End for Western University, Dave loved the offensive side of the game. His massive grip strength where key for mauls and ripping out the ball, often twisting free to run solo for a big gain.
Holding offices of treasurer, fixture secretary, social committee, team captain and team choirmaster through various points of his 20 year career.