It is with deep sadness that the Calgary Stampeders announce the sudden passing of former quarterback Bob Torrance, who died in Newfoundland on Tuesday at the age of 43.
Torrance dressed for 27 games with the Stampeders in 1991, 1992 and 1995 and was a member of the Stampeders’ 1992 Grey Cup Championship team. He also spent a season with the Hamilton Tiger-Cats and threw for 870 yards and three touchdowns in his CFL career.
“I was extremely saddened to learn of Bob’s passing,” said John Hufnagel, who coached Torrance with the Stamps and Dinos. “Bob came into the CFL after a fantastic university career and helped pave the way for Canadian quarterbacks at this level. My thoughts, and those of everyone at the Stamps, are with Bob’s family.”
Torrance was a graduate of Calgary’s William Aberhart High School and went on to play for the University of Calgary Dinos. Torrance enjoyed a great four-year career with the Dinos, passing for more than 7,000 yards and 51 touchdowns. His best season came in 1989 when he completed 152 of 282 pass attempts for 2,360 yards, 23 touchdowns and 10 interceptions. He led the Dinos to the 1988 Vanier Cup and was named most valuable player in that season’s Central Bowl.
The Stamps selected Torrance in the third round (22nd overall) of the 1991 CFL Canadian Draft.
Torrance is survived by wife Lori Metcalfe, three children Emily, Sammy and Allie Torrance and his parents Bill and Sandy. A public memorial service is planned for Calgary at a future date.