Ross Lonsberry, who played for the
His brother-in-law, Rex Moore, said Lonsberry had been ill for about two years. "He enjoyed playing here. He loved L.A.," Moore said Monday. "He didn't want to live anywhere else."
Lonsberry sold corporate insurance for many years in the Los Angeles area, Moore said.
Born Feb. 7, 1947, in the town of Humboldt in the Canadian province of Saskatchewan, Lonsberry had a stellar junior hockey career and signed with the
He was a key member of the Flyers' "Broad Street Bullies" teams, contributing 32 goals in the 1973-74 season — plus four in the playoffs — and 24 goals in the 1974-75 season, also with four more in the playoffs. He finished his career with the Pittsburgh Penguins.
A family friend, Robert Sheahen of Sherman Oaks, said he played hockey with Lonsberry in local beer leagues for many years.
"Even when he was 55 he was the best player on the ice, even with some very good 22-year-olds on the ice," Sheahen said. "And he was a fabulous person. Very self-effacing, very soft-spoken."
Moore said Lonsberry would be cremated and that the family would hold a private celebration of his life in the near future. Moore said Lonsberry is survived by his wife, Wahnita, two daughters, a son and nine grandchildren.