Randy Tieman, Veteran Canadian Sportscaster, Dies at 64

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The longtime sports reporter and anchor at CTV's Montreal affiliate, died on Friday.

Veteran Montreal sportscaster and anchor Randy Tieman, who worked at the CFCF radio and TV affiliates for national broadcaster CTV for 34 years, has died. He was 64. 

Tieman, who left CTV Montreal in June 2017 when locally produced sportscasts were ended at the station, died Friday, according to the broadcaster. His death was announced by CTV on Sunday morning. No immediate cause of death for Tieman was available. 

Tributes to the veteran sportscaster poured in, including one from Canadian prime minister Justin Trudeau, via his own Twitter account. "For decades, Randy Tieman invited viewers to share in his joy for sports - professional, amateur & everything in between. His love of the game came straight from the heart, and Montrealers felt it. He’ll be deeply missed. My condolences to his family & everyone at @CTVMontreal," the Canadian leader said.

Tieman was born in 1954 in Exeter, Ontario, and graduated with a degree in broadcast journalism from Fanshawe College in London, Ontario. After early stints at radio stations in Ontario and Manitoba, Tieman in 1983 joined CFCF radio in Montreal, and CJOH TV in Ottawa, before finally joining CTV's Montreal TV station.

Tieman's sportscasts included practice at-bats with members of the then-Montreal Expos of Major League Baseball, wrestling with TV professionals or playing water polo — all to bring attention to a local professional or amateur sport as he entertained and informed.

"There are few people one meets in the course of one's career who find a permanent place in both mind and heart. Randy, for me, was one of those rare types. Always cheerful. Always optimistic, despite the challenges life often presents,” former CTV Montreal anchor Bill Haugland, who worked alongside Tieman, said in his own tribute on the CTV News website.

Tieman had health scares throughout his career. Over an 18-month period starting in 1995, Tieman faced and survived a stage 4 bout with Hodgkin’s lymphoma, then meningitis, and finally underwent a quintuple bypass.

He is survived by his wife, Liane, and four children: Gabrielle, Jesse, Dennis and Harry.