Ian Boyd McTavish
Died: August 21, 2014 (Winnipeg, Manitoba)
Ian McTavish spent two seasons in the Western Interprovincial Football Union, a predecessor to the CFL.
McTavish played football for Gordon Bell High and junior football with the St. John’s College Roamers, where he was “a real sparkplug in their line,” according to the Winnipeg Free Press.
McTavish made the roster of the Winnipeg Blue Bombers for the 1948 season. The 6-foot-1, 220-pound athlete played end and tackle in seven games for the Bombers before asking to be reinstated as a junior.
He failed to make the Winnipeg roster in 1949, as he was cut in training camp in August.
The Calgary Stampeders signed him for the 1950 season. He saw action in 12 games.
Back home in Winnipeg, McTavish worked in sales in the garment industry, while also maintaining a 60-year union membership in the International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees, Moving Picture Technicians, Artists and Allied Crafts (IATSE). He worked at the Winnipeg Arena, the Playhouse Theatre, the Rainbow Stage outdoor theatre, and the Centennial Concert Hall.