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Family and friends celebrate the life of boxer Tim Hague

Alberta boxer who died after fight honoured by friends and family
WATCH ABOVE: Tim Hague was remembered on Monday as a father, a fighter and a teacher. The Alberta boxer died shortly after his last fight. Vinesh Pratap has more.

Tim Hague fought to stay alive after being fatally injured in a boxing match in Edmonton, said his family.

The Alberta man’s family and friends gathered in Boyle, Alta. on Monday afternoon for a celebration of his life.

Hague leaves behind his young son Brady and his wife Brianne.

Terry Hills travelled from Kelowna to attend the service. He said he became fast friends with Hague five years ago after he saw him compete in a fight.

“He’d come out and visit me every summer with Brady,” Hills said. “My kids would want to punch him in the gut. My kids gave him the loveable nickname ‘fight guy.'”

Hills said Hague did everything and anything to entertain the kids in his life. He said the former fighter loved being a teacher and was proud of his small town roots.

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“He was a proud Boyle boy, he loved the city of Edmonton, he loved the fight community,” Hills said through tears.

“He was a tenacious and tireless promoter of combat sports.

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WATCH BELOW: 34-year-old Tim Hague is being remembered by family and friends as a tough fighter, gentle giant and dedicated father after dying from injuries sustained in the boxing ring. Sarah Kraus reports.

Professional boxer dies after knockout punch in ring
Professional boxer dies after knockout punch in ring

Hague, a former UFC fighter and boxer, went down in the ring in a match against Adam Braidwood on Friday, June 16.

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Hague managed to walk to his dressing room, but was rushed to hospital where he later died.

Edmonton heavyweight Tim Hague poses at a weigh-in Portland, Ore. on Friday Aug. 28, 2009.
Edmonton heavyweight Tim Hague poses at a weigh-in Portland, Ore. on Friday Aug. 28, 2009. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Neil Davidson

“His injuries proved to be too severe,” his obituary said.

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The family thanked staff at the Royal Alex ICU Pod 2 for their compassion and care of Hague.

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Hague’s brother Ian started a Go Fund Me campaign to raise money for funeral and other expenses.

Hauge, originally from Boyle, fought his matches out of Edmonton. He was a mixed martial arts fighter before fighting in the UFC. In 2016, he set his sights on the boxing ring.

The 34-year-old taught Grade Four at École Bellevue School in Beaumont, just south of Edmonton.

“Tim really had a heart for kids,” said friend Aaron Teed.

“He was a great dad. Wherever he went, Brady went. They were best friends.

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“He was a big man but he had a big heart.”

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Hague’s family has asked that donations in his memory be made to The Canadian Concussion Centre in Toronto.