Having to announce funeral arrangements for our long time colleague and local sports broadcasting legend Vince Koza this morning was one of the sadder things I’ve had to do recently to be sure. After the shock of the news that Vince had been diagnosed with kidney cancer in late September within hours of what would be his last high school football broadcast wore off, the outpouring of support for Vince, his Wife Holly and daughters Sarah and Brittany from communities through out our area was tremendous. Vince was a self-described battler and we all held out hope for weeks that he would be able to beat the cancer scourge. In the end multiple trips to Columbus, and multiple treatments were not enough to save the life of a man who’s name was synonymous with high school sports on television and radio for nearly 40 years. Vince passed away last Friday morning in Columbus surrounded by his family.During a 27.5 year long career on WLIO television, Vince’s sports broadcasts were the best you could find in any market Lima’s size. Folks stayed up late on Friday and Saturday night to see if their high schools’ game highlights would make his broadcasts. Vince joined our team at what is now Woofboom radio in 2,007 telling me when he did that he didn’t want to spend the rest of his life lugging a tv camera around.Instead Vince spent the next 11 plus seasons behind a microphone calling play by play for high school football and basketball games on our sister station 93.1 The Fan.Sports was Vince’s life and he shared it with all of us. Vince’s greatest attribute may have been his passion for sports especially high school sports.but he spent a lot of his time supporting charities and causes of importance to him and our communities.Cancer may have taken Vince Koza’s life prematurely at the age of 61, but memories of the enjoyment he brought sports fans since 1,980 will never be forgotten. that’s the way I see it.