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Greg Willard loses his battle with pancreatic cancer


NBA Veteran Referee,
Greg Willard

Highly regarded veteran NBA official Greg Willard passed away at age 54 on April 1, 2013 after a ten-month battle with pancreatic cancer. “Greg epitomized what it meant to be an NBA Referee through dedication to his craft, hard work, and integrity both on and off the court,” said National Basketball Referees Association general counsel Lee Seham in a statement. “He was not only a great NBA Referee, but more importantly, a wonderful person, and our thoughts and prayers are with his family during this difficult time.”


Greg Willard – Spirit of Hope Award Recipient
Beverly Hills, CA
October 27th, 2012

Greg was honored by the Pancreatic Cancer Action Network with the organization’s Spirit of Hope award at the 15th annual An Evening With the Stars gala on October 27, 2012, at the Beverly Wilshire Hotel in Beverly Hills, CA. The award was given in recognition of the tremendous fortitude and courage he showed while battling the disease.

Greg’s family, including his wife Laurie, his three children Bryce, Shelby and Weston, and their many, many friends and family members, attended the gala. Greg was introduced by his longtime friend and ex-Laker forward, Kurt Rambis when he accepted his award. Watch the very moving and powerful acceptance speech Greg delivered at the gala.

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