Born: May 1, 1938 (Port Arthur, Ontario)
Died: March 14, 2015 (Thunder Bay, Ontario)
Bill Mokomela attended Michigan Tech on a football scholarship. The fullback was a letterman in 1960, earning praise from Huskies head coach Omer LaJeunesse. He graduated with an engineering degree from the university at Houghton, Mich.
Mokomela returned to his hometown of Port Arthur, Ont., where he played football for the Lakehead College Mustangs. He helped lead the squad to a first-place finish in the Lakehead Rugby Football Union in 1962 by scoring four touchdowns in the final game of the season, a 40-1 drubbing of the Fort William Ukes. Mokomela ended the season as the circuit’s top scorer.
He worked in the engineering department of the city of Fort William (later merged with Port Arthur to become Thunder Bay). He was later the assistant city administrator for homes for the aged. Mokomela spent 33 years on the Lakehead District School Board. He was active in several charities and community groups, and was the founder of the Fame 500 Club which raised funds for the Northwestern Ontario Sports Hall of Fame.