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Tommy Titan was a presence at sporting events and other campus activities in the 1960s and ’70s.

Members of the University of Wisconsin Oshkosh Delta Sigma Phi fraternity from the early 1970s are remembering a friend who played the original Tommy Titan mascot.

Gary Ferron, 71, of Cottage Grove, died of cancer May 24, according to an obituary in the Wisconsin State Journal.

Ferron, who grew up in Algoma, continued his education at UW Oshkosh, where he was active with the Delta Sigma Phi fraternity and played the part of the original Tommy Titan mascot before graduating in 1974 with a degree in urban and regional studies and minor in geography. He worked for the state of Wisconsin in a variety of roles before retiring in 2006.

Ferron was featured in a story last fall, when the University celebrated its sesquicentennial. He was unable to attend festivities on campus, but stayed connected to his college friends—calling his time at UWO the “best four years of his life.”

Services are scheduled for Friday at St. Patrick Catholic Church in Cottage Grove. Gunderson Funeral Home of Madison is handling arrangements.

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