Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - November 8, 1972, Lethbridge, Alberta
Widntiday, Ncvtmbtr I, W2 THI IITHMID01 HIMVD S Percy Page story bright chapter in Alberta's history PERCY PACK By WALTER KltEVENCHUK EDMONTON (CP) Teach- er, coach, politician, lietuenant- governor John Percy Page has been all these things and more a dignified man who served the people of .Alberta for more than half a century and is part of a sports legend. Today, at 85, he still stands straight despite a stroke thai disabled him three years ago. The stroke, suffered during a Florida vacation in 1969, con- .....overcome stroke fined Mr. Page to a wheelchair but with effort and exercise he progressed to a cane and short walks with his wife Maude, a spry 84-year-old. "His spirit is truly wonder- said Mrs. Page. "He'll never give up." A big help are the Dear Page letters received from members of the Edmonton Grads, the women's basketball team he coached from 1915 to 1940. "His right hand and arm are useless but he's learned to write with his Mrs Page said. 'So many of Ms beloved Grads keep in touch and now he can answer the letters him- self." ENTERED POLITICIS Mr. Page retired in 1952 after 40 years as a teacher, then served 314 years on the Ed- monton public school board. He is the author of a tcxtb o o k, Practical Office Training, pub- lished by the Isaac Pitman Co. He turned to politics in 1940 and was a member of the Al- berta legislature for 11 years as an independent from 1940 to 1944 and as a Conservative from 1952 to 1959. He was president of the In- dependent Citizens Association of Alberta, then the Alberta Progressive Conservative Asso- ciation. Mr. Page was on a committee that studied Alberta's Liquor Control Act, apparently repre- resenting the non-smoking, non- drinking fraternity; a director of the Canadian Council of Christians and Jews, and hon- orary chairman of the Alberta Air Cadet League of Canada. B'nai B'rith, Lodge 2062, gave him an award "in recognition of outstanding service to the people of Alberta." In 1964, he was made a Knight of Grace in the Cana- dian Order of St. John by Gov- ernor General Georges Van- ier. Three years earlier, in 1961, he received an honorary doctor of laws degree from the Uni- versity of Alberta. He was elected to the Cana- dian Sports Hall of Fame in 1955 and to the Alberta Amateur Sports Hall of Fame In 1966. He was Alberta's lieutenant- governor from 1959 to 1965. TEAM RATED TOPS Before the Grads disbanded they won 502 to 522 cluding 140 in a row. They took 13 Canadian championships and four unofficial Olympic titles. They are recognized as one of the greatest teams in any sport. Mr. Page was born May 14, 1887, in Rochester, N.Y. to Ca- nadian parents. His m other died when he was three and he was raised by an aunt in Bronte, Ont. In 1912, he was invited to Ed- monton to start commercial training in the city's high school system. Two years later he began to coach the girl's team at McDougall school team that eventually formed the nucleus of the mous Grads. WIENERS 2025 Mayor Magrath Drive 'College Mall7 420 6th Street South 'Downtown' 324 Mayor Magrath Drive STORE HOURS DAILY 9 A.M.-6 P.M. THURSDAY and FRIDAY 9 A.M.-9 P.M. ICE CREAM Happy Time Assorted Flavors One Gallon Container.. CHECK THESE SPECIAL VALUES! SWEETHEART BRAND FLOUR 20 Ib. net wt. bag... 'FRESH FOR FLAVOR' FLORIDA RED OR WHITE Grapefruit LARGE SIZE for KRAFT VELVEETA CHEESE KAMBLY ASSORTED BISCUITS PROCESS CANADIAN 12-oz. net wt. pkgs, for DEL MONTE SWEET AND JUICY OUTSPAN ORANGES 5-lb. cello bog OLD SOUTH FROZEN ORANGE JUICE 6 fl. 01. lint PINEAPPLE Q JUICE SURF 48 fl. 01, tins 0 for DETERGENT 5-lb. net wt. pkg.