West Vancouver resident Jack Farley served as president of the BC Lions, the Canadian Football League, and the Western Football Conference, and has been involved with the successful planning of three Grey Cup festivals. In addition, Farley spearheaded the capital campaign which raised five million dollars to build the new BC Sports Hall of Fame and Museum in BC Place Stadium.
Farley is a man who loves Canadian football. He was associated with the BC Lions Football Club for nine years, from 1974-83, and during that time served as a director, treasurer (1975-76), and president (1977-78). In honoring Farley for his dedication to the club, the Lions retired sweater #83 in his name upon his retirement from the board of directors in 1983.
While serving as the Lions’ president, Farley was also the president of the Canadian Football Conference in 1978. He sat as the general chair for the 1983 and 1986 Vancouver Grey Cup Festival Committees, and as a director for Grey Cup 1994, and ensured that each was a hugely successful event.
In 1982, Farley chaired a fund raising campaign to save Simon Fraser University’s football program. As a result of his accomplishments, he was presented with the Fred H. Dietrich Memorial Award that recognizes outstanding contributions to SFU Athletics.
Farley’s vision and leadership took him beyond football, to the BC Sports Hall of Fame and Museum, which, in 1983, was contemplating a move from its site at the PNE. While serving as a board member from 1983, and chair from 1991-93, Farley invested an unprecedented amount of time and energy in a singular drive to see a world class Hall of Fame and Museum built in BC Place Stadium. In a particularly hard economy, Farley worked tirelessly to raise the five million dollars required to complete the most interactive sport museum in North America.
It is only fitting that Farley be inducted to the BC Sports Hall of Fame–a facility that he so diligently worked to complete, and of which every British Columbian can be proud.