Former Bombers chairman Hildahl dead, 61

PAUL FRIESEN, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 12:41 AM ET

WINNIPEG - On a day they won yet again on the field, the Blue Bombers suffered another loss off it.

Former board chairman Ken Hildahl died suddenly, Friday, of an apparent heart attack.

“It is with extremely heavy hearts that we must pass along the news of Ken’s passing,” Bomber president Jim Bell said in a statement, late Friday. “Ken had very strong ties to the Blue Bomber family, and was a truly dedicated and committed individual who poured his heart and soul into this organization. We would like to express our sincere sympathies to the Hildahl family.”

Hildahl served an extended, five-year term as Bomber chairman, part of a 10-year stint on the board, guiding the club through the formative stages of the new stadium proposal and the aborted plan to privatize.

He stepped down following the 2009 season, when he also took a position as president and CEO of the Manitoba Liquor Control Commission.

His is the second sudden passing to hit the Bombers this season. Assistant coach Richard Harris suffered a fatal heart attack, July 26.

Hildahl was 61 years old.


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