t is with great sadness that we announce the unexpected passing of Rudy Migay at age of 87 on January 16, 2016. Rudy was a husband, father, grandfather, brother and friend.
Born November 18, 1928 to Slovak immigrants, Louis & Anna, Rudy was the 6th born of 8 children. He was a graduate of St. Patrick's High School and St. Mikes in Toronto.
Rudy was a natural athlete and even though he enjoyed playing many sports including football & baseball, he found his true passion at the age of 9 when his sister Theresa gave him his first pair of skates. He went on to be a proud member of both the 1947 and 1948 Memorial Cup championship hockey teams and played for the Toronto Maple Leafs from 1951-1959, sporting the "A" for his last few seasons.
After his NHL career he went on to play and coach in the AHL and other minor leagues. He finished his career scouting for 25 years with the Buffalo Sabres, during many of which he was their head scout. He was inducted into the Buffalo Sabres Hall of Fame in 2004, and retired in 2005, at the age of 75.
Rudy was also a proud inductee of the Northwestern Ontario Sports Hall of Fame.
Though an accomplished athlete, Rudy was never boastful of his athletic achievements, but was always proudest of his wife and children. He is survived by his beloved wife Mary; children Andrew (Debbie Tychynski), Marcia (Wayne Cerven), Mary-Katherine (Glenn Davis), & Ann-Marie (Bryan Duce); grandchildren Samuel, Grace, Claire, Chesleigh, Lochlann, Grayson, Henry, and Oliver; and sisters Rosemary & Yvonne.
Rudy was predeceased by parents Louis & Anna Migay; brother Joseph; sisters Theresa, Annie, Julie, & Betty; and daughter Anne. Rudy's faith guided him in all he did. He was baptized, confirmed, and married at St. Peter's RC church where we will celebrate his funeral mass on Thursday, January 21, 2016 at 11:00 am. Vigil will be held at St. Peter's on Wednesday January 20, 2016 from 6 pm with prayers being offered at 7 pm. Donations to the Migay-Cerven Lakehead University Bursary or St. Peter's Renovation Fund would be greatly appreciated. We would like to thank all the doctors, Thunder Bay Regional and Hilldale staff for their care over the last month.
Rudolph Migay will be remembered in the Blake Funeral Chapel Memorial Grove. Annual dedication service Sunday, June 11, 2017.