February 9, 2017

Former Stamp Britton passes away

The Stampeders lost a family member this week when Bill Britton passed away at the age of 82.

In addition to being a former player – he played with the Red and White from 1962 to 1964 – Britton was later a Stampeders board member served a term as team president in 1983-84.

In 1985, he joined the board of directors for the National Football League’s Denver Broncos.bill britton headshot

Britton joined the Stamps in 1962 as a result of a three-way trade involving Toronto and BC. The University of Western Ontario alum started his CFL career with four seasons with the BC Lions. He was a versatile player, seeing action as a fullback and linebacker and also occasionally serving as a kick returner.

Over his seven-year CFL career, he rushed for 505 yards and three touchdowns, caught 15 passes for 127 yards, returned 49 punts for 199 yards, nine kickoffs for 151 yards and recorded five interceptions.

Following his football career, Britton pursued a career in law and became a senior lawyer and chairman for the Calgary-based Bennett Jones firm. He also served as a director for a number of Alberta companies including ATCO.

He is survived by wife Linda, children Christopher, Angela, Daniel and Jane, foster daughter Claudette, 24 grandchildren and 10 great-grandchildren.