“I am deeply saddened today to learn of the passing of Alberta’s 16th Lieutenant-Governor, the Honourable Normie Kwong.
As the first Chinese-Canadian to play in the Canadian Football League (CFL), Mr. Kwong broke records and barriers on the football field over his 12-year with the Calgary Stampeders and Edmonton Eskimos. A four-time Grey Cup Champion, he retired in 1960 holding more than 30 CFL records. He then moved on to have an incredibly successful career in business and sports management, serving as President and General Manager of the Calgary Stampeders and co-owner of the Calgary Flames.
As Alberta’s first Lieutenant-Governor of Chinese descent, Mr. Kwong carried out his vice-regal duties with kindness, dignity, humility, grace and above all, an excellent sense of humour. His contributions to Alberta are many and have left a lasting mark on our province and its people.
On behalf of the Progressive Conservative Caucus, I extend our most heartfelt sympathies to his wife Mary, their sons Greg, Brad, Marty and Randy and the entire Kwong family.”