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VIDEO: Rich Lerner’s Essay on Tim Rosaforte

Jaime Diaz for – Tim Rosaforte an expert blend of professionally tough, endearingly vulnerable

Pete Bevacqua (Chairman, NBC Sports):

“We at NBC Sports are all so deeply saddened to hear of the passing of our friend and colleague, Tim Rosaforte. Tim was one of the great voices of the game for many years, and a strong and trusted presence for the entire golf community. On a personal level, I will miss our conversations and the walks we would take around championship venues over the course of the last two-plus decades.”

Molly Solomon (Executive Producer, GOLF Channel):

“Tim Rosaforte was golf journalism’s original ‘insider.’ He was endlessly curious about people, tirelessly intrigued by golf and blessed with an indefatigable work ethic. He combined all of that to produce entertaining and informative storytelling that distinguished him, first as a newspaper and magazine writer, and then as a television personality. More than that, his gentle, caring demeanor and love for quality conversation made him a singular friend and colleague. All of us at GOLF Channel have struggled over the past two years to reconcile that our best teammate was losing his memory, curiosity and perspective to this insidious disease. We send our love to Genevieve, Genna, Molly and his family.”

Rich Lerner (Host, GOLF Channel – following is an excerpt, click here to watch Lerner’s essay on Rosaforte):

“He was a decorated all-star, a legend in our business – but he played like a guy just called up from the minors…as you get deeper into life and further along into a career, what you come to value is working with good people – people who care, people who are unselfish, people who value getting it right, people with heart, people who make you laugh. That’s how we all feel about Tim…there was no one better than ‘Rosie.’”

Jaime Diaz (Reporter, GOLF Channel – following is an excerpt, click here to read Diaz’s full story on Rosaforte):

“Tim brought kindness and empathy and warmth. It was why he had so many sources among the players, caddies, coaches, agents and administrators in golf, and why they always called him back. They knew if the freedom they felt with Tim led them to something more revealing than intended, the reporter would understand and present it in the right tone and spirit. It gained Tim trust and respect, and made him a distinctive among his peers.”