William Edward Fairweather
Born: January 2, 1926 (Unity, Saskatchewan)
Died: May 5, 2014 (Ottawa)
Bill Fairweather scored two dramatic goals, including one with just four seconds left on the clock, to claim a district title in the Allan Cup senior hockey playdowns for his Pembroke (Ont.) Lumber Kings in 1949.
“Fairweather is ‘Hero,’ ” the Ottawa Citizen reported in a headline. The Lumber Kings trailed the Cornwall (Ont.) Calumets by 5-2 in the third period of the final game of the best-of-five Ottawa District Hockey Association championship. After the Lumber Kings pulled within a goal of Cornwall, “Fairweather carried in from a face-off, bulled through the defence and poked it home. The crowd went wild, for the tied score meant Pembroke had the series on points, but Fairweather made sure of it, coming back in the dying seconds to lift one over (Bob) Scarlett.”
Fairweather’s goals pushed the Lumber Kings into further Allan Cup playoffs against the Sydney (N.S.) Millionaires. Pembroke was eliminated after traveling to Cape Breton. Fairweather scored four goals with five assists in nine Allan Cup playoff games.
Earlier in league playoffs, Fairweather scored six goals with five assists in just four games.
The rangy athlete played four seasons of senior hockey with the Lumber Kings, scoring 33 goals with 37 assists in 85 regular-season games.
In 1976, he moved to Ottawa, where he taught at Algonquin College.