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A fond farewell to Fran Rosa, a true gentleman

Fran Rosa was a joy, ever-smiling and gracious, qualities not always abundant in the newsrooms and hockey rinks where he spent his career. Rosa, who for decades chronicled the Bruins and the NHL for the Globe, died Wednesday at 91, leaving behind millions of printed words about the games and people he so obviously loved, as well as his legacy of unwavering gentlemanly kindness.

My friend Franny was a man with a keen sense of how to take his work seriously, write with accuracy, clarity, and style, and all the while not display the slightest bit of ego or self-importance. Which is also to say he headed to retirement some 21 years ago at precisely the right time, not because his talent for words and storytelling had diminished, but because the business of sports media and the sports industry at large have since become about as “unRosa’’ as one could imagine.

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