Steve Patrick was a player in one of the greatest eras in the history of the Winnipeg Football Club. After graduating from the Winnipeg Light Infantry juniors, Patrick joined the club and starred as a defensive middle guard for 13 seasons.
He left the Bombers prior to the 1965 season after 290 CFL contests. He was a two-time All-Star (1958 and 1959), the Bombers’ top lineman in 1958, the team’s Schenley Award nominee as Best Canadian in 1957 and played in CFL All-Star Games in 1957 and 1958. Patrick was the Bombers’ captain from 1961-64 and played a significant role in the club’s six Grey Cup appearances. He was a member of four Grey Cup Champions.
While Patrick was serious about his career in football, he took his career as a citizen and father just as seriously.
Patrick was elected as a Member of the Legislative Assembly (MLA) in 1962 and re-elected in 1966, 1969 and 1973. His political career ended in 1988, but he earned the distinction of being Manitoba’s “champion of all resolution makers”.
Steve Patrick and his wife June are the proud parents of seven children. Two of their sons, Steve Jr. and James have had outstanding careers in the National Hockey League. Daughter Tara was an outstanding University volleyball player. The other four, all girls, were exceptional athletes in their own rights. As president of Patrick Realty, he continues to be an active community-minded volunteer.
As Past President of the Winnipeg Blue Bomber Alumni, Steve Patrick is also a member of the Winnipeg Blue Bomber Hall of Fame. He has received the Order of the Buffalo and the Canada Centennial Award for Public Service.
b. March 24, 1932