Rudy Filion

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Rudy Filion

Rudy Filion, 83, born April 3, 1927 in Cornwall, Ontario, Canada, died February 25, 2011 following a long, courageous battle with cancer. A very bright student, Rudy graduated from high school early, and at the age of 16 joined the Royal Canadian Air Force. After a year of service he left home to begin his hockey career with the Tacoma Rockets. There he met and married the love of his life, his wife of 63 years, Ethel Gunnette. Over the next 14 years he played for the Seattle Ironmen, Bombers, Americans and finished his playing career with the Seattle Totems. He then went on to scouting and retired from the NHL.
During his career, he became known for his incredible sportsmanship, class and tenacity. He was honored on numerous occasions including a "Rudy Filion Night" where he was recognized by his teammates, fans and the city. He was also a nominee for Man of the Year by the Seattle P.I.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Ethel.
Survived by his son, Ron Filion (Cheri); daughters, Diane Mitchell and Cindy Burger (JP); seven grandchildren; and one great-grand child.
A private burial will be held Friday, March 11. Friends of family are invited to attend a celebration of his life on March 12. For Celebration of Life info or to share a memory, please contact www.becksfuneralhome.com.



Published in The Herald (Everett) on Mar. 6, 2011
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