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Geary, ex-player and general manager of Alouettes, dies at 68

Bob Geary, an ex-player and general manager of the Montreal Alouettes, died in South Carolina on Saturday. He was 68.

After playing for the Verdun Shamcats in the Quebec Senior Football League, Geary began his professional career with the CFL Calgary Stampeders in 1955.

The offensive lineman moved to the Alouettes for the 1958 season and blocked for Hall of Fame running back George Dixon.

Geary remained with the Alouettes organization after his playing days ended in 1963 as an assistant GM for J.I. Albrecht and Marv Levy. He finally became the Alouettes' GM in 1974.

"Bob Geary was a part of a generation of GM's who were fierce negotiators," said current team president Larry Smith, who played for the Als during the 1970's.

"He knew how to put together a winning team, which allowed the Alouettes to win two Grey Cups, in 1974 and 1977. I have excellent memories of him."