Herb Capozzi

24 April 1925
Date of passing
21 November 2011 (Age 86)
Kelowna, British Columbia, Canada
University of British Columbia
Where they grew up
Kelowna, British Columbia, Canada


Herb Capozzi

Harold Peter Capozzi... he was 86 years old when he passed away on 21 November 2011 in Kelowna, BC (his funeral was held at Charles Garnier Catholic Church)... earned Bachelor of Arts (social sciences) from the University of British Columbia in 1947... also earned a degree in commerce from the University of British Columbia... accepted a Rotary International Scholarship to study at the University of Perugia for two years... was co-founder of Keg Restaurants... was instrumental in bringing McDonald’s Restaurants to Canada... served as a director for EXPO 86... he received the Order of British Columbia in 2008... per his request, his epitaph reads “the rumours of my death are highly exaggerated”...

honoured by the Canada Soccer Hall of Fame... honoured by the Vancouver Italian Cultural Centre Hall of Fame, the University of British Columbia Sports Hall of Fame, the BC Sports Hall of Fame, and the Soccer Hall of Fame of British Columbia...

said Nelson Skalbania, Herb Capozzi was “a multi-talented great Canadian”... wrote Jim Kearney in 1967, “he is addicted to running things, making big plans and generally being a mover and shaker”... said Bob Lenarduzzi in 2007, “he had a real presence and a real way about him. Hearing him speak at a number of functions, I don’t think anyone every wanted to follow him because he was just that good”...

For Sport

served as general manager of the British Columbia Lions (1957-67)... was general manager of the British Columbia Lions when the team won the Grey Cup in 1964... served as managing director of the Vancouver Royal Canadians soccer team (starting in 1967)... was an owner of the Vancouver Canucks in 1971...

served as Owner and President of Vancouver Whitecaps FC (1974 to 1983)... his Vancouver Whitecaps FC won Soccer Bowl ‘79... served as Chariman of Canada Soccer’s 1980 World Cup Team committee (he was one of two Vancouver NASL representatives)...

Individual Honours