Long-time Komets bus driver Jack Loser has passed He drove the team for 39 seasons.
Jack Loser wasn’t just the Komets’ bus driver, he was part of the family.
Loser, who drove the Komets’ bus from 1960 to 1999, passed away Monday at the age of 82 at Parkview Regional Medical Center. Viewing will be 2-4 p.m. and 6-8 p.m. Friday and services at 11 a.m. Saturday at Harper and Sons in New Haven.
From their first season in 1952-53 until 1959-60, the Komets traveled to road games in a caravan of cars, but to start the 1960-61 season they hired Loser’s L&L Travel and later his Summit Coach company. Loser’s brother Jim also filled in on the driving sometimes, but Jack did most of the driving until he retired in 1999.
When the Komets won the 1993 Turner Cup, they gave Loser a championship ring after he drove to every close road game that season. A member of Blackhawk Church, he sometimes took players with him on Sundays.
“Jack Loser was a part of this hockey club and this organization for many, many years,” Komets General Manager David Franke said. “His company was always dependable, safe and Jack played a big part of this club. He was a solid person, a solid citizen and a great guy to work with. Jack was part of the old guard that got this whole thing going. He was a treasure and someone we will dearly miss.”
On some road trips, Loser would deliver the team, take a quick nap and then watch the game from the bench, opening the door to let players on and off the ice.
During all the years that Loser drove the team, the Komets only failed to get to their destination one time after they left Memorial Coliseum. A few trips started by picking up players at their homes.
“We’ve been very fortunate,” Loser said during his last season. “We’ve been slowed down some, but we really haven’t even been late for a game much.
“We plowed snow a few times as high as the headlights. With one of those buses, once you got them going, you don’t stop. If you stop, you’ll never get them going again.”
Loser is survived by his wife of 56 years, Janet, sons Jeff (Amy), Eric (Stephanie), his brother Jim and three grandchildren.
For more on Jack Loser’s time with the Komets, please visit tailingthekomets.com. <br>
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