December 11, 2012 - Canadian Football League (CFL) - Calgary Stampeders
The Calgary Stampeder Football Club is mourning the death of inaugural team member Harry Hobbs, who passed away in Edmonton on Dec. 6. He was 87 years old.
A Windsor, Ont., native who moved to Calgary at the age of 16, Hobbs was part of the very first edition of the Stampeders in 1945 and is credited with the first touchdown pass in franchise history - a 60-yard completion to George Alexander in the 1945 West Division final.
Hobbs also saw action with the Stampeders in 1946 and 1947. He was second on the club in rushing in 1946 with 150 yards and he led the team in interceptions that season with two.
After leaving the Stampeders, Hobbs played for the Edmonton Eskimos.
Hobbs is a graduate of Calgary's Central Memorial High School and went on to star in both football and hockey at the University of Alberta. He also served in the Canadian Navy.
Following his football career, Hobbs entered the business world - including a stint as chairman and CEO of Alberta Government Telephones - and was also involved in provincial politics with former Eskimos teammate Peter Lougheed. Hobbs served as Secretary to Cabinet and first Deputy Minister of Executive Council in Alberta.
He also contributed to the community, volunteering his time and services to the Calgary Stampede and serving as a life-long member of the Calgary Booster Club.
Hobbs is survived by his wife, Dorothy, son Harry, daughter Barb Noble, two grandchildren and one great-grandchild. A celebration of his life will be held at Edmonton's Royal Mayfair Golf & Country Club in Edmonton on Saturday at 1 p.m.