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Chuck Osborne remembered for smile, kindness

Memorial held Saturday for star Canyon High football player

Posted: October 27, 2012 6:04 p.m.
Updated: October 27, 2012 6:04 p.m.

Family and friends remembered Chuck Osborne as boisterous, energetic, caring, considerate and — above all — kind during a reception in his honor Saturday at the Canyon Country Boys & Girls Club.

Osborne, a star football player at Canyon High School, the University of Arizona and later in the National Football League, died Oct. 16 at age 38. A funeral service was held earlier Saturday at the Church of the Hills at Forest Lawn.

Former Canyon Country football coach Harry Welch was among the more than 100 who attended the reception. Welch said Osborne was not just a player of his, but a dear friend.

“He was a good man,” Welch said. “From his humble beginnings, he reached for the stars. And he reached them.”

Current Canyon High School football players attended the memorial and performed a drill in Osborne’s honor. Welch spoke to them before the reception began.

“I told them all that they were being good role models by being here,” Welch said. “Their being here shows service and caring and brings warm memories to a family in grief.”

Dennis Bajgrowicz, Osborne’s father, remembered his son not only for his football exploits, but for his smile.

“He had a smile, boy I tell you, when he smiled he could sell snow to a snowman,” Bajgrowicz said.

Bajgrowicz said he was overwhelmed by the outpouring of support from the community for his family.

“It’s unbelievable,” Bajgrowicz said, looking around the room. “What can you say about a guy who had this many friends?”

Many of those friends included Osborne’s old teammates. Among them was Leighton Milton, who played with Osborne at the University of Arizona. Milton said he first met Osborne when Osborne arrived at the airport for his recruiting visit to Arizona.

“We bonded over that weekend,” Milton said. “And, man, it’s so beautiful to see everyone here for him.”




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