Curling legend and Vancouver Curling Club Honorary Lifetime Member, Leo Hebert died on October 28, the day after his 89th birthday.
Inducted into the Canadian Curling Hall of Fame in 2000 and the BC Sports Hall of Fame, Leo was the last surviving member of the legendary Lyall Dagg team that claimed both the Macdonald Brier and world men’s championship in 1964.
Playing vice-skip on a team that included second Fred Britton and lead Barry Naimark, the Vancouver Curling Club team claimed BC’s second Brier championship, winning its final two games at the Forum in Charlottetown — a morning 8-3 victory over four-time champions Saskatchewan, skipped by Ernie Richardson, and then a dramatic 9-7 extra-end win over the host P.E.I. team, with the winning deuce in the 13th end coming on a steal when P.E.I. skip Art Burke was heavy with his final stone.
Two weeks later, playing in the first Scotch Cup world men’s championship ever staged in Canada, Dagg’s newly crowned Canadian champions thrilled a big crowd at the Stampede Corral in Calgary, beating Scotland’s Alex Torrance 12-10 in 13 ends to claim the world title with an unbeaten record.
Born in Athabasca, Alberta Leo spent his teenage years in Edmonton. Following high school, he moved west to Vancouver where he worked with Imperial Oil.
Leo excelled at all sports: baseball, football, hockey, and golf. It was curling that captured his attention at the age of 9 and did so for over seventy years.
In addition to winning seven BC Championships and receiving Curl BC Lifetime Achievement Award Leo gave back to his community. He volunteered as a coach for over 28 years to the Vancouver Curling Club's Blind & Visually Impaired league where he led a team to the Western Canadian Blind Championships. Leo was instrumental in creating the Vancouver Super League at VCC. Both leagues continue to engage curlers to this day.
In lieu of flowers, the Hebert family ask that donations in Leo’s name be made to the Heart & Stroke Foundation.