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Memorable Manitobans: John Romeo Stroppa (1926-2017)


Born at Winnipeg in 1926, son of Pierina Stroppa, he joined the Winnipeg Blue Bombers in 1949 and received the Canadian Rookie of the Year Trophy. He played in the 1950 Grey Cup in Toronto but was forced to retire in 1951 due to a series injury. He worked at Imperial Oil and was transferred to Edmonton, Alberta in 1960. That same year, he began officiating in professional football, working in 250 games over the next 15 years. He was a supervisor of officials for a further 11 years. He received the Queen Elizabeth II Golden Jubilee Medal in 2002. He died at Edmonton on 7 May 2017.


Obituary, Winnipeg Free Press, 13 May 2017.

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 13 May 2017

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