Garry Lefebvre, Canadian CFL football player, Died at 71


Garry Lefebvre was born on November 12, 1944, and died on March 16, 2016.

He was a Canadian CFL football player.

He was an award-winning and Grey Cup champion Canadian Football League player with the Edmonton Eskimos and MontreAfter being injured in high school, Lefebvre started with the Edmonton Wildcats for three seasons before joining the Edmonton Eskimos in 1966.

Garry played 16 games and catching 9 passes for a 25.3 yards average and three touchdowns, Lefebvre won the Dr. Beattie Martin Trophy as best rookie in the Western Conference.

Following two seasons in Edmonton, he was disappointed to learn he was traded to the last-place Montreal Alouettes.

His short 1970 season was redeemed by a Grey Cup victory, in which he caught the final touchdown.

Returning to the Eskimos, he was the Dick Suderman Trophy winner for best Canadian in a Grey Cup loss to the Ottawa Rough Riders in 1973.

His best season was 1974, when he caught 36 passes for 575 yards and played in the Grey Cup, losing to Montreal.

During 1975, Garry won his second Grey Cup ring, again against Montreal.

Because he was mostly a receiver, he was also a first string punter, punting 83 times in 1968, 102 times in 1973, 103 times in 1974, and 127 times in his final season.

Garry Lefebvre could also play defensive back, intercepting seven passes and returning two for touchdowns (both in 1967.)

He was married to Sandi and they have four children: Cheri, Brad, Julie and Jesse.

Garry was a founding member of Athletes in Action, which he joined in 1972.

Garry Lefebvre built and directed Canada’s first Circle Square youth ranch in Halkirk, Alberta, where he and his family served for eight years.

Following him founding and pastoring a small church in Kelowna, BC in 1988, Garry returned to Edmonton in 1992 as director of the 100 Huntley Street counselling centre.

Garry Lefebvre was a guest on 100 Huntley Street, on July 15, 1992.

Garry Lefebvre passed away at 71 yrs old.