Hall of famer, coach, educator and Order of Canada recipient Gordon Currie has died.
The 93-year-old’s impact on the Saskatchewan sports scene was felt across multiple sports in Regina from football to baseball.
He coached the Regina Rams from 1965 to 1976, securing six national championships and an impressive 108-27 record. He additionally led the Balfour Tech Redmen to eight provincial championships.
Currie also coached the Regina Red Sox baseball team — in its first iteration — to four provincial champions. The Queen City’s baseball park, Currie Field, is named in his honour.
Currie was also an educator, teaching in the city of Regina. He retired in 1982 as the principal of Campbell Collegiate. He went on to serve as an MLA for four years representing the constituency of Regina-Wascana.
During his four years in government he was appointed to cabinet and served in many positions including minister of advanced education and manpower, minister of continuing education, minister of education, minister of science and technology and minister of telephones.
He did not run for re-election in 1986.
Currie received many honours for his contribution to sports. In 1975, he was named Amateur Coach of the Year. He was inducted into the Saskatchewan Sports Hall of Fame in 1978 and given the Order of Canada in 1979. He was enshrined in the Canadian Football Hall of Fame in 2005.