“Life is a song – sing it. Life is a game – play it. Life is a challenge – meet it. Life is a dream – realise it. Life is a sacrifice – offer it. Life is love – enjoy it.”

Sai Baba, spiritual leader and philanthropist

Kori Nagata


1996 - 2020

The BC High School Football community mourns the loss of Kory Nagata, who tragically passed away just a few days ago. Our condolences go to the Nagata family, his friends, Hugh Boyd, the Okanagan Sun and UBC Football

The Hugh Boyd Secondary football grad was also a running back for the UBC Thunderbirds before continuing his studies at the Sauder School of Business. 


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Raymond Turner

JUNE 29,1956 - June 14, 2020

Ray graduated from John Oliver High School where he played Varsity Football and Basketball for the Jokers. Ray was part of the 1976 and 1978 Vancouver Meraloma Junior Football Championship teamsHe also spent many years coaching John Oliver. Jokers football alongside his brother Ron. One of Ray's proudest achievements was winning the Provincial Football Championship in 1992.

He will be sadly missed.


Vancouver Sun


Roy Vollinger


MAY 1, 1942 – JUNE 3, 2020

From Mark Townsend:

It is with heartfelt sympathy and sadness to announce our beloved Coach Roy Vollinger has passed away.  What an amazing and proud person Coach Roy was.  I feel blessed and privileged to have been known Roy, who became a father figure to me.  He had remarkable life and nobody could tell a funny story like Coach Roy.  We all know Roy as an iconic football person, especially as a coach, organizer and builder.  In 2012, Coach Roy was honoured with the Pioneer Award at the Orange Helmet Awards hosted by the BC Lions.  He was a true character and so very generous.  Coach Roy, you will be deeply, deeply missed my friend.

Thank you to Michelle Hallschmid and Llynda Vollinger for giving me the opportunity to share some stories and love with Roy at the Jubilee Hospital yesterday.  I will forever remember the “thumbs up” Coach Roy gave me just before I left.    

Let us please send healing prayers, love and comforting hugs to his wife Llynda.

Victoria Times Colonist 

Dignity Memorial

Samwel Uko


January 1, 2000 - May 21, 2020

With extreme sadness, we announce that Samwel Uko passed away recently.

Our hearts, thoughts and prayers go to the Uko family, Abbotsford Senior Secondary School and U of S Huskies Football during this difficult time.

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Victor Kristopaitis (Kristo)


September 16, 1935 - January 24, 2020

Vic was the 17th draft pick in the NFL to the 49ers, then went to the Toronto Argonauts until 1958. Vic was a kicker, linebacker and could also play guard. He was known widely as 'Vic the kick' ! When Vic was traded to the BC Lions he met Audrey of Australia and they married in 1961.  In the 70's Vic was 'Coach Kristo' to young football players he coached at Vancouver College and also had a BC Lions post game show on NW'98.  


Elijah Drasyl

January 11, 2020

It is with a heavy heart that we announce that Elijah Drasyl passed away this past weekend. Our thoughts and condolences go to the Elijah’s family, friends and


North Vancouver high schools mourn teen who died in car crash

"He was very connected to both school communities and his loss will certainly affect both schools," Argyle, principal Kim Jonat  wrote. "Our hearts go out to the family and friends during this incredibly difficult time." 

CTV News


Steve Gelley 

Thoughts from Tom Kudaba

I first met Steve in 1972 at Simon Fraser as a rookie. We were all in the same boat and few of us at that time felt that our class would be arguably the bumper crop of players to wear the SFU colours. Included in this group were players like Lui Passaglia, Glen Jackson, Randy Graham, Greg Warkentin, Emil Nielsen, and myself. Of course as rookies we were under the watchful eye of Lorne Davies (continued)

Gary Conley 

July 9, 1945-December 16, 2019 

Gary earned a degree at SFU and was an inaugural member of the SFU Football team 1965. He spent his career in the District of Coquitlam as an athlete, student, coach, teacher, administrator and retired as an Assistant Superintendent.


Matt "Major" Phillips

July 29, 1933 - September 22, 2018

Matt played collegiately at Pepperdine College in Los Angeles (where he earned his nickname "Major") before taking his career back home to play for the B.C. Lions in 1957 as an offensive lineman. However, it was his passion for teaching and football where he would make his greatest impact, especially in Richmond where he helped launch programs at Steveston, Cambie and London. In 2016, Phillips was inducted into the B.C. Football Hall of Fame as a builder, along with the Richmond Sports Wall of Fame. He also was recognized for his 30-plus years of work as an official and is a past winner of the prestigious B.C. School Sports Honour Award.



Dan Doyle

1928 - 2015

Dan Doyle was a lifelong educator, coach and community builder in Coquitlam. He was a founding member of the Coquitlam Secondary Schools Athletic Association and co-author of the constitution establishing BC School Sports, the governing body of high school competitive sports in the province today. Dan was an inaugural inductee into the Coquitlam Sports Hall of Fame in 2010, and was honoured with a pioneer award at the 2009 Orange Helmet Awards. Dan was also heavily involved with the BCSSFA executive!


BC Football Hall of Fame

Steve Faoro


Steve will be remembered as a larger than life personality! Steve played Coquitlam communty football, junior varsity at Port Moody Junior and Varsity for Pintree Secondary.  He earned BCSSFA Provincial All Star honours. At Acadia he was an all-conference selection at linebacker three straight seasons from 2004-2006, an all-Canadian selection in 2006, and was the AUS defensive player of the year in both 2005 and 2006. After graduating from Acadia, Faoro played in the CFL and in Europe. More recently, the B.C. he played for the Bellingham Bulldogs, a minor pro team in Washington State, close to the Canada - U.S. border, and had also coached.

Football Canada  Bellingham Herald  Acadia Athletics

Carey Lapa

November 1, 1959 - January 9, 2011

Carey was a member of the UBC Vanier Cup team and was drafted by the Hamilton Tiger Cats. He was voted to the UBC Top 100 team in 2019. Carey was past president of B.C. Secondary School Football Association as well as coach with the JV and Varsity Terry Fox Ravens. 




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