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JLHockeyKnight 06-19-2009 03:15 PM

6ABC Sports Reporter Gary Papa passes away.
I grew up on 6ABC has my choice of news, and Gary was a great sports anchor and really loved every team in Philly.


Very long and admirable fight with Prostate Cancer. Even while going through chemotherapy and losing his hair, he still fought on and went on the air to do the job he loved. He will be missed.

RIP Gary.

(I felt this deserved it's own thread, especially since it's Philly sports(and Flyers) related. If not, move it to the OBT.)

IrishSniper87 06-19-2009 03:17 PM


LEIFey 06-19-2009 03:35 PM

whoa, i remember watching him when i was growing up in the philly area. didn't know he had cancer.


Joey Mac 06-19-2009 03:37 PM

i thought he was gonna pull through the way he did the first time he announced he had it... its a damn shame... we'll miss you gary

TheDrizzle81 06-19-2009 03:59 PM

Wow 2 iconic Philly Sportscasters in less than a year. How sad, RIP Gary.

GKJ 06-19-2009 04:26 PM

Didn't even know he had cancer. Wondered why he shaved his head. RIP, certainly sad.

Cleary84 06-19-2009 04:54 PM

RIP didn't realize he had cancer until a few months ago.

Hockeypete49 06-19-2009 05:00 PM

My condolences to the Papa family. He fought to the end. RIP Gary.

Black Ice 06-19-2009 05:08 PM

RIP, I really liked him, he seemed like a great guy. I was hoping that he would be it this time.

Phunhog 06-19-2009 05:58 PM

He was a great one.

save rebound score 06-19-2009 06:06 PM

Really sad. For some reason I thought he had beaten it. RIP.

Phunhog 06-19-2009 06:23 PM

He was a great one.

GKJ 06-19-2009 06:48 PM


Ed Snider offers a press release

TheKingPin 06-19-2009 10:04 PM

Really sad. Yea i thought he beat it. RIP, seemed like a really great guy.

flyersguy33* 06-19-2009 10:54 PM

Damn, so sad. He was such a great sports caster.

This video montage they have on 6 abc right now is so sad. What a sad tragedy, not to mention 2 days before father's day.

RIP Gary, youll be missed.

Opus 06-19-2009 11:25 PM

Tough year on the Philly sports scene as far as broadcasters are concerned.

RIP Gary~


DeadPhish5858 06-19-2009 11:43 PM

Thats a bummer. He hasnt looked good for a while now, but I grew up watching him. Its a real shame.

flyersguy33* 06-19-2009 11:53 PM

Instead of broadcasting the news tonight, they had a hour special for Gary. Jim Gardner said he sent him a text message the other day that said See you at the race on Sunday, the race being a race for prostate cancer. He said he never heard back from him and new something was wrong. He said the final text he got from Gary was Live and Love. So sad.

dbr2 06-20-2009 12:31 AM

Holy crap. I grew up watching Gary. RIP. Such a shame.

JLHockeyKnight 06-20-2009 09:25 AM


Originally Posted by save rebound score (Post 19983319)
Really sad. For some reason I thought he had beaten it. RIP.

He did beat it the first time. It came back a second time and he had to go through chemo again.

Murphy7 06-20-2009 01:11 PM

Horrible loss. Action News seems to suffer some of the toughest losses. For you youngens that didn't live through it, google Jim O'Brien.
I was very impressed with the 11 p.m. tribute. When O'Brien died, cuttling himself loose from another skydiver after getting tangled (which saved the other guy's life), he didn't get a full newscast like that. And he deserved it. While not having the length of service of Gary Papa, he might have been the biggest local media celeb other than Larry Kane at that time.
Just tragic losses. And much too young.

Sawdalite 06-20-2009 01:51 PM

I am heartbroken by our loss... I was so happy when he apparently beat it earlier.

I hope that we can springboard this into an awareness that Prostate Cancer is every bit as devastating as breast cancer; both wars have to be won.

As a Cancer survivor I pray that all men take heed to this awful disease... And, take it from me, if diagnosed with it, total prostate removal is the way to go. If diagnosed in time, removal will save your life... Other methods are not as sure a bet.

... And start getting a regular PSA check and digital exam, at least yearly, when you hit your Forties... if not earlier. Awareness and an early detection is the best defense.

RIP, Gary, my man... You were a joy in your upbeat approach to life.

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