Football BC is saddened to learn of the passing of Lorne Davies on Saturday.
Our thoughts and prayers are with Lorne's family, friends and, in particular, all those he touched in the football community especially through his work at Simon Fraser University.
A vancouver-native, Lorne played junior football with the Vancouver Blue Bombers winning a national title in 1947 before transitioning to coaching where he had stints with the Winnipeg Blue Bombers, BC Lions, Western Washington University, University of Oregon, UBC and SFU.
In 1965, Lorne was tabbed to lead SFU's athletic department. He hired full-time coaches for all sports, had a tremendous impact on growing female participation, guided SFU's transition into the NAIA and set the standard for athletic scholarships.
Davies has been inducted into the SFU Sports Hall of Fame (1986), the Western Washington University Sports Hall of Fame (1995), the Burnaby Sports Hall of Fame (2009), the BC Sports Hall of Fame (2010) and the BC Football Hall of Fame (2011).
He was awarded the Premier of British Columbia Award in 1994 and the Order of BC in 2000. He was also the first-ever recipient of the Lifetime Achievement Award (now the Bob Ackles Lifetime Achievement Award) presented at the Orange Helmet Awards.
Lorne will truly be missed.
A celebration of life will be held for Lorne on Sunday, March 8 at 11 am at SFU's West Gym. For more information, click here.