Jan. 30, 2017
Dale Creighton was a man who embodied the principles of perseverance and hard work. A true giver, Dale was an avid supporter of sports in the community through Western’s W club and at London Community Foundation, through his fund he helped establish supporting the Wil Rice and Bill Trout Athletic Award at London Central Secondary School, his alma matter.
Born in London in 1934, Dale was a gifted athlete in basketball, baseball and football. Involved in many local teams, he excelled winning many championships and accolades. Dale continued his love for sports as a member of the Western Mustangs football team where he was a standout fullback in 1954, 1955 and 1957 when the Mustangs went undefeated to win the Yates Cup. Dale was twice named an Ontario University Athletics All-Star with the Mustangs and ORFU All-Star and MVP when he played with the Kitchener-Waterloo Dutchmen. Dale signed a professional contract with the Montreal Alouettes and retired from sports in 1959. Dale then joined London Life as a group sales representative.
Although he contributed so much to the sports community over the years, his giving didn’t stop there. In the 1980s he assumed the role of presidency of Western’s W club and oversaw many fundraising projects including the refurbishing of the J.W. Little Memorial Stadium and the development of TD Waterhouse Stadium. In 1992 Dale was elected to the Board of Directors of London Life Insurance company and later served as a board member of Pacific Western Credit (Versabank), the Life Insurance Marketing and Research Association (LIMRA), LIMRA Agency Officers round table, London YMCA-YWCA, and the London Branch of the Canadian Diabetes Association.
To ensure that his legacy of giving would continue, The Dale & Marion Creighton, Wil Rice, Bill Trout Athletic Award fund was established at London Community Foundation. The purpose of the award is to recognize leadership in athletics at Central with the ongoing support of the school, its principal, coaches, staff, and students. Each year the award supports a student from Central who is chosen as the most deserving male or female recipient in athletics, leadership and education.
This fund will ensure Dale’s involvement with and contributions to the local sports community will be remembered fondly for years to come.