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Memorable Manitobans: Roger Rene Joseph Savoie (1931-2009)


Born at St. Boniface on 29 July 1931, son of Louis and Simone Savoie, he attended Provencher School where he developed a life-long love of sports. He competed in baseball, wrestling, hockey, and football. Starting with the Rods in 1947, he went on to play 16 seasons with the Winnipeg Blue Bombers, from 1950 to 1965. He played in seven Grey Cup games in his professional career, defeating Hamilton in four (1958, 1959, 1961, 1962). He captained the Bombers in 1964 and 1965.

Savoie was awarded the Tommy Lumsden Memorial Trophy as the top Canadian lineman (1956) and was named a CFL All Star (1962). He was inducted into the Order of the Buffalo Hunt (1957), the Blue Bomber Hall of Fame (1987), and the Manitoba Sports Hall of Fame (2005). After his retirement from football, he owned and operated the Golden Fawn Lodge near Ear Falls, Ontario.

He died at Winnipeg on 17 August 2009.


Obituary, Winnipeg Free Press, 20 August 2009.

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 1 April 2016

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