Bill Schonely at Starlight, Grand Floral parades

Bill Schonely was more than just the voice of the Portland Trail Blazers for so many years. He was an important person to the greater Portland community as well.

Bill Schonely only saw one Trail Blazers championship. But no one championed the team like the gentle man who coined the phrase “Rip City!” and whose voice connected the team and its players with the community for three decades as the team’s radio voice.

Schonely died Saturday, Jan. 21, at the age of 93. He is survived by his wife, Dottie, his three children and several grandchildren.

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During the Jan. 22 game at the Moda Center between the Blazers and the Los Angeles Lakers, Bill Schonely’s Hall of Fame banner was highlighted in honor of his passing.

Austin White contributed to this report.

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