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Bob Probert remembered as a 'gentle soul' by family, friends at his funeral

Jul 9, 2010, 2:40 PM EDT

Thumbnail image for probert.jpgWhile it’s great to hear the love showered upon Bob Probert during his funeral proceedings, the details can be pretty heartbreaking. Let me share a couple accounts of the Friday morning ceremony.

Tom Leyden of WXYZ provided some of the sensory details.

Not surprisingly, Bob Probert went out with a roar.

A line of more than 50 motorcycles led a lengthy procession to Windsor Christian Fellowship, in Windsor, Ontario, where hundreds of mourners gathered to honor the former NHL player.

Probert’s casket was transported on a sidecar attached to a motorcycle.

Numerous dignitaries from the National Hockey League were on hand, including NHL Vice President Colin Campbell, Red Wings owners Mike and Marian Ilitch, Tampa Bay Lightning general manager Steve Yzerman, Red Wings general manager Ken Holland, as well as current and former Red Wings Kris Draper, Darren McCarty, Dino Ciccarelli, Stu Grimson, Dave Lewis and Paul Ysebeault.

The CBC News notes that Steve Yzerman described Probert as a man with “hands of stone but a gentle soul.” The saddest remark came from Probert’s teenage daughter Brogan, though.

Each of Probert’s four children spoke about their father, including teenaged Brogan.

“I’m going to miss my daddy,” she said, bringing many mourners to tears.

“He won’t be here to walk me down the aisle, he won’t be here to see me grow up.”

I’ll leave you with this video embed of the funeral proceedings, from WXYZ.com.

(George Malik should be noted for providing great coverage of this sad story.)

  1. Margaret - Jul 9, 2010 at 3:13 PM

    Proby will be missed by many – he made hockey what was supposed to be!!! Loved to watch him skate – it was in his heart and sould. You could see it every time he hit the ice. Prayers are out to his entire family and friends! CHEERS TO YOU PROBERT!!!!!

  2. Matt - Jul 9, 2010 at 3:18 PM

    Having your casket on a motorcycle sidecar is badass.
    Just like Bob Probert. Those comments from his daughter are just heartbreaking.
    RIP dude.

  3. Tom - Jul 9, 2010 at 4:35 PM

    If every Hockey Club had 20 Bob Probert’s the hockey world would be so much better today. Every Stadium would have 20,000 + Standing room only People would not mind spending 200$ for a night and paying 6$ for a hot dog rather than watching the hot dog’s on ice now. And I am sure it will take the family a long time to get over this even though we never do, But remember 1 thing he was 1 hella of guy. And the champ live’s for ever. God Bless

  4. Walt - Jul 9, 2010 at 6:41 PM

    Bob thanks for all the great memories. You will always be a hero in Detroit. RIP

  5. Len - Jul 9, 2010 at 10:23 PM

    Bob, like many greats before him, an unmistakable enforcer with iron fists and a heart of gold. Steve Y would contest that Proby was a true warrior and a team player. Who cares about all the scandall during his career,,,,being an avid wings fan from Canada is solely because of great players like him….I was so shocked to hear this….he will never be forgotten…God Bless

  6. stanko - Jul 10, 2010 at 1:36 AM

    god bless proby and his family. We loved him in chicago. Toughest player ever to wear the INDIAN! . Only player in the NHL that made opponents flinch whenever he skated by! RIP

  7. Shawn - Jul 10, 2010 at 2:24 AM

    My first NHL game was @ the Joe. I knew nothing about the sport & than came #24. The energy the passion, the way he always had his teammates back. Having your back covered is priceless. You,ve made a lifelong fan out of this little girl, You will forever be missed, beloved & your famaily prayed for. THANK YOU FOR YOU.

  8. Bob - Jul 12, 2010 at 5:52 PM

    Bob Probert is my favorite complete player, bar none. He was my Hero in Detroit. My son loved him. He lived his life the way he wanted. It is not for us to judge, but respect. He lived life to its fullest. God Bless The Probert family…..Bob B.

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