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Longtime Saskatchewan Roughrider fan Greg Lisik, who is also terminally ill with cancer, and George Reed sit together at Lisik's home over lunch hour on Oct. 25, 2013. Lisik's son Trent arranged for Reed's surprise visit.
George Reed stops by longtime, terminally ill cancer Rider fan’s home
The date Oct. 25, 2013 is a date Greg Lisik won't forget.
It was the day when legendary Saskatchewan Roughrider George Reed stopped by Lisik’s home for a surprise visit over his lunch hour. Lisik is a longtime Saskatchewan Roughrider fan, terminally ill with cancer.
“I couldn’t tell you how much it means to me. Nobody could’ve done any more for me than this,” said Lisik. “I just about fell off the couch (when George Reed came in). I didn’t realize that he was coming.”
Lisik’s son Trent, who arranged for Reed’s visit, said his father “hasn’t got much time left” and he wanted to do something special and memorable for his dad.
“He’s got quite a collection of George Reed stuff. George Reed’s his favourite (player),” said Trent. “It’s one of those things that (my Dad will) remember for a long time.”
Reed said Lisik showed him many items of his Rider collection.
“I came out to visit a strong Roughrider supporter. The Roughriders have many supporters, but it seems to be we also have some very special supporters and I thought it was appropriate to come by and say, ‘Hello,’” said Reed. “I just came in to wish him well and everything else.”
Lisik said among his Rider memorabilia are three Reed jersey’s, one of which has all of his statistics on it.
“If you want to know what he played, it’s all on there,” said Lisik. “It’s not just handwritten. It’s done up properly.”
He also has copies of books about the Riders, including Reed’s book. He said the Saskatchewan Roughriders played their first game in Moose Jaw in 1910 on the field next to Central Collegiate when the team was called the Regina Rugby Club.
Lisik added that since Reed drove from Regina over noon hour while he’s in meetings all day, the visit was even more special.
“He took the time to come over during one of his lunch breaks,” he said. “It really shows that more appreciation.”
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