May 03, 2015
"he was the best met him when he wrestled in Peoria il. he was the greatest r.i.p big guy"
(san jose, IL)
May 03, 2015
"I watched All Star Wrestling as a child back in the early 1970s. One of the things I most appreciate now about +Mr. Gagne was that I felt like I knew him. He seemed very authentic. The lesson he stressed in his story lines was that hard work and fair play define true character, not whether you win a match. What a great lesson and legacy. Thank you +Mr. Gagne. May you rest forever in the company of the angels and saints in Heaven, where I hope you will find your beloved wife +Mary, +Wally Karbo, +Marty O'Neill, +Reginald "The Crusher" Lisowski, +Carl "Ray" Stevens, +Andre "The Giant" Roussimoff, +Maurice "Mad Dog" Vachon, and many others!"
May 02, 2015
"I was so sad to hear about Verne's passing. He was one of my fathers best friends. As a very young girl I will always remember how he flew in from California to be a pallbearer and support my family when my father ((Dick Nesbitt) passed away.
I know he is now resting in peace.
My deepest sympthony to the Gange Family."
Carolyn Nesbitt (Dobis))
May 01, 2015
"To the Gagne family, What a Man, what a Wrestler I remember Vern Gagne and the Gang , Crusher, at Wharton Field House in Moline IL. And Greg and Jim at Palmer Auditorium in Davenport Iowa,You all are a class act . Rest in peace Mr. Gagne."
(East Moline, IL)
May 01, 2015
"In the mid 1950s as a very young boy, I found professional wrestling on TV, and Verne Gagne was the first recognizable wrestling personality that I remember hearing raves about. He had battles with the likes of Hard Boiled Haggerty, Kinji Shibuya, Killer Kowwalski, Wilbur Snyder, Ike Eakins, and Hans Schmidt in those days. And then in the 1960s, his classic matches with Mad Dog Vachon, The Crusher, Dick the Bruiser, Larry Hennig, Harley Race, Dr. X (Dick Beyer), and Cowboy Bill Watts were what you had to attend live matches to see. And who could ever forget his great bouts with Nick Bockwinkel, Ray Stevens, Black Jack Lanza, and Billy Robinson, they are fond memories. You always got your money's worth when Verne was on a card or it was a card that he promoted. He was about "wrestling" first, and "showmanship" second. Verne trained over a hundred wrestlers over the decades, and as the owner of the American Wrestling Alliance (later Association), Verne's charismatic personality and creative genius was what made it "Must Watch TV" when All-Star Wrestling was on the air. Having had the opportunity to meet and have Verne's friendship over the decades is an honor I will cherish forever. Verne and the word Legend go hand in hand, he defined the word. My sincerest sympathy and condolences to my friend Greg Gagne and the entire Gagne family on this tremendous loss. May he rest peace with Our Lord. God Bless!"