Wally Patch appears in naval uniform (third row, far left) for 1944 championship photo after St. Hyacinthe-HMCS Donnacona (Navy Combines) team won the Grey Cup.
Wallace Norman Patch
Born: 1925 (Montréal)
Died: December 18, 2013 (Montréal)
Wally Patch was a sprint star at West Hill High in Montréal who also played for the school hockey team. He joined the navy during the Second World War. He also played football as a spare guard on a Montréal navy team that defeated the Hamilton Wildcats, 8-7, to claim the 1944 Grey Cup championship.
Patch appears in the St. Hyacinthe-HMCS Donnacona team’s championship photograph. He is also listed in the game-day program, though the Canadian Press list of players from the game report does not list Patch. The Navy Combines, as they were known, had a revolving roster for the handful of games played in 1944, as military duties trumped athletic ones.
After the war, he studied ceiling acoustics and won contracts for buildings at Expo 67. He later became president of the Ceiling & Interior Systems Construction Association, traveling the globe to lecture on the topic.
A longtime resident of Dorval, Patch was predeceased by his wife, the former Mavis Porteous, who died in 1989. He was also predeceased by a sister. He leaves two daughters and five grandchildren.