Andrew Currie was a special man; a successful athlete, coach, educator, arbiter, administrator, soldier, organizer and civil servant. But most of all he was a man of integrity. He was a man who made enormous contributions to sport, as an athlete, coach, and by officiating locally and internationally in football.
As an athlete he played for the 1928 National Junior Football Champion Regina Pats, and then played in the Grey Cup game a week later with the Regina Roughriders. Currie also played football with St. John’s College and the Winnipeg Blue Bombers.
From the 1947-50’s Andrew Currie was the coach of the highly successful Daniel MacIntyre football team. The team won four consecutive high school championships. In 1982 his peers voted him high school football coach of the 1940’s.
Many will remember Andrew Curie as a football referee. He officiated in amateur football from 1953-60, was Referee-in-Chief for Manitoba from 1953-58 and responsible for training other officials from 1956-60. He was a referee in the Canadian Football League (CFL) from 1957-66, supervisor of the Western Football Conference (CFL) Officials from 1957-69 and a member of the CFL Rules Committee during that time.
Currie was the recipient of the Order of the British Empire from King George VI for his service in Normandy. He was made an Honourary Life Member of the Manitoba Football Association in 1960. In 1974 he was inducted into the Canadian Football Hall of Fame and in 1984 the Winnipeg Blue Bombers Hall of Fame. He was also a member of the Order of the Buffalo Hunt.
b. June 5, 1911
d. August 4, 1990