Born: December 31, 1962 (Barrie, Ontario)
Died: June 22, 2014 (Montréal)
Joe Marchildon was an assistant football coach for the McGill University Redmen of Montreal for nine seasons. He also had responsibility for recruiting athletes to the football program.
He was hired in 1990 as an assistant to head coach Charlie Baillie. Marchildon coached the offensive line before later taking on duties as the offensive coordinator, defensive coordinator, and strength and conditioning coordinator.
Marchildon graduated from York University in Toronto in 1988. He was a defensive end, an offensive guard and a centre for the Yeomen from 1984-88. A highlight of his collegiate career was returning an interception 90 yards for a touchdown in a 32-1 victory over the Waterloo Warriors in his freshman season. He was a conference second-team all-star in 1987 and was named the Yeoman’s most-valuable player in 1988.
Marchildon was selected in the sixth round of the 1987 CFL draft by the Saskatchewan Roughriders, though he was cut during training camp. He later had a tryout with the Edmonton Eskimos and the NFL’s New England Patriots.
He spent two seasons as a playing coach with the Chelmsford Cherokees in England before being hired by McGill. After leaving the university, he taught physical education at Montréal-area high schools.
The family was profiled in Quebec newspapers after his wife battled with Quebec’s health insurance board to get treatment in the United States for a rare signet cell carcinoma. Ella Shepherd Marchildon died in October, 2013, aged 49. Joe Marchildon died of prostate cancer at the West Island Palliative Care Centre at suburban Kirkland, Que. He was 51. He leaves two daughters, three sons, and grandchildren.