Andrew Harry Coltart Yeoman
Born: December 24, 1933 (England)
Died: January 5, 2014 (Central Saanich, B.C.)
Andrew Yeoman was a spare half for the Canadian field hockey team at the 1964 Olympics in Tokyo. He was the only player from Calgary on a team comprised mostly of Toronto and Vancouver-area athletes.
Canada finished tied for 13th with New Zealand in the 15-team tournament, ahead only of Hong Kong, against whom the Canadians recorded their lone victory, by 2-1, against six defeats.
Born in Yorkshire, Yeoman moved with his family to Canada when he was young. The family returned to England after the Second World War, during which his father had served in the Royal Air Force. Yeoman was educated at Gresham’s School at Holt, Norfolk, before earning a geology degree at Clare College, Cambridge.
After a brief time in the oil business in Calgary, he returned to school to become a teacher. He taught through the 1960s between such adventures as the Olympics and traveling the Sahara. He later earned a history master’s degree examining the Pilgrimage of Grace, the 1536 Yorkshire rebellion against Henry VIII’s break with the Catholic church.
A decade spent as an investment consultant in the oil and gas industry included co-founding a drilling partnership which discovered the Liege gas field in the Athabasca oilsands area of northern Alberta.
In 1979, Yeoman and his second wife, Noël Richardson, a librarian and teacher originally from Comox, B.C., moved to Vancouver Island, where they established Ravenhill Herb Farm, a garden on 10 acres of the fertile Saanich Peninsula. Yeoman wrote the introduction to “Summer Delights,” a 1986 cookbook by Richardson and the first of several popular gardening and cooking books. She predeceased him in 2011, aged 73. He leaves two stepdaughters, two step-grandchildren, and a brother.