Bruce Terkelsen (back row, far left) was a member of the provincial champion Burnaby South Rebels in 1953.
Ernest Bruce Marius Terkelsen
Born: July 27, 1934
Died: May 7, 2014 (North Saanich, British Columbia)
Bruce Terkelsen was a member of the 1953 championship Burnaby South Rebels basketball team.
The Rebels won the George Sparling Trophy as British Columbia’s provincial high school champs in dramatic fashion with a come-from-behind 53-51 victory over Duke of Connaught, defending three-time champions. The basketball title was the first for any high school located in Burnaby, a suburb of Vancouver.
The Rebels, coached by Terry Julian, were inducted into the Burnaby Sports Hall of Fame in 2008.
Terkelsen became an RCMP officer in January, 1955, following training in Ottawa and Regina. He developed an affinity for horses from summers spent on the family farm near Armstrong, B.C. He had 13 different postings before leaving the force in 1989. He then spent 10 years with the B.C. Liquor Control and Licensing Branch.