Stephen Clifford Patrick
Born: March 24, 1931 (Glenella, Manitoba)
Died: January 11, 2014 (Winnipeg)
Manitoba Sports Hall of Fame (1988)
Winnipeg Football Club Hall of Fame (1985)
For 13 seasons, Manitoba-born Steve Patrick played guard for the Winnipeg Blue Bombers. He played in six Grey Cup games, helping Winnipeg claim four championships.
The 6-foot-2, 205-pound middle defensive guard was a key figure on the Blue Bombers through the greatest era in its history. He lost the first two Grey Cups in which he played (1953 and ’57, both against the Hamilton Tiger-Cats), but then won championships with Winnipeg in 1958, ’59, ’61 and ’62. He was captain of the Blue Bombers from 1961 until the end of the 1964 season, when he retired after 290 games.
Patrick joined the Blue Bombers in 1952 after playing junior with the Winnipeg Light Infantry.
He was born to Catherine (née Patrebka) and Alex Patrick in Glenella, Man., working on the family farm as a youth. He attended Manitoba Teachers College and a business college.
A Manitoba Liberal, he was first elected MLA for the Winnipeg riding of Assiniboia in 1962, two weeks after winning his fourth Grey Cup, defeating Progressive Conservative incumbent George Johnson by 239 votes. Patrick won re-election in 1966, ’69 and ’73, serving on Opposition benches for his entire electoral career.
The founder of his own realty and insurance company in 1956, he also spent a decade as a commissioner with the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission, a regulatory body.
He leaves June (née Mathieson), his wife of 57 years. He also leaves two sons, five daughters, five grandchildren, a brother and two sisters. He was predeceased by a brother. Both of his sons — Steve Jr. and James — played in the NHL.